Zendaya brings the perfect combination of sex appeal and tomboy chic to the red carpet
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Everyone can do it, but few can slay while doing it! We’re talking hit the red carpet wearing some of the most unforgettable, iconic looks ever and Zendaya does it like no other.
The award-winning star is no stranger to exotic color palettes, embracing dramatic slits, long flowy gowns, vintage styles, and unique textured patterns galore, with iconic jewelry pieces and timeless hairstyles. Simply put, the “Euphoria” actress has become one of the most anticipated stars on the red carpet. Over the years, Zendaya’s fashion continues to elevate to new heights, and we have celebrity stylist Law Roach to thank.
As a young Disney star, years prior to “Malcolm & Marie,” the actress has always taken fashion risks. Her effortless transition includes experimental looks to unique vintage styles to glamorous couture. C’mon, it’s time to give Zendaya her flowers.
Let’s take a look at how Zendaya brings the perfect combination of sex appeal and tomboy chic to the red carpet.
93rd Academy Awards
OMG! If yellow isn’t the award-winning color palette, we don’t know what is. The actress arrived on the red carpet in a silk chiffon, eye-popping yellow Valentino gown complimented with Bulgari fine jewelry.
This was a special year for the star. Zendaya received the SeeHer Award at the Critics Choice Awards.
Zendaya arrives at the Oscars on Sunday, April 25, 2021, at Union Station in Los Angeles.
94th Academy Awards
The award-winning “Euphoria” star showed us what bedazzled meant from the sparkly Valentino column skirt to the Bulgari silver wrap-around bangles. The actress hit the red carpet complementing the skirt and accessories with a cropped white-collar shirt. Sexy and classic, all in one!
Zendaya received two Primetime Emmy award nominations this year, a NAACP/Image award nomination for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture (“Malcolm & Marie”), and won a BET Award for “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” coupled with an MTV Movie & TV Award win for Best Performance in a Show (“Euphoria”). Lastly, let us not forget she became our Gold Derby TV Award Best Drama Actress winner for “Euphoria” in 2022.
Zendaya arrives at the 94th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood and Highland on March 27, 2022, in Hollywood, California.
29th SAG Awards
If pretty in pink was a thing! Zendaya graces the red carpet in a custom, couture, pink Valentino gown designed specifically for her with 190-hand stitched rosettes. The strapless, sculptured dress complemented the actress very well as not only a presenter for the night but an nominee.
Zendaya was nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series “Euphoria.” Unfortunately she lost to Jennifer Coolidge (“The White Lotus”).
Zendaya arrives for the 29th Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Fairmont Century Plaza in Century City, California, on February 26, 2023.
The award-winning actress wore a unique, captivating, chic Louis Vuitton look on the red carpet. Let’s start with the balloon trousers and the backless vest all of which pulled together effortlessly. She opted for a white heel to break up the color scheme of neutral tones, light grey and brown.
Zendaya won a Golden Globes Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series-Drama for “Euphoria” this year, a Critics Choice Award for Best Actress in a Drama Series for “Euphoria,” and several other award nominations all while promoting “Dune.”
Zendaya arrives on the red carpet at the 2023 CinemaCon promoting “Dune: Part Two” at the Warner Bros. Pictures Studio on April 25, 2023, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
54th NAACP Image Awards
The actress had heads on a swivel! The star stepped on the red carpet wearing a Versace couture, strapless black gown featured with a cut-away bodice, subtle exaggerated hips with pops of lime green throughout.
Zendaya received a NAACP award nomination for Entertainer of the Year but unfortunately lost to Angela Bassett. This was a stacked category with top nominees such as Quinta Brunson, Mary J. Blige and Viola Davis.
Zendaya attends the 54th NAACP Image Awards at Pasadena Civic Auditorium on February 25, 2023, in Pasadena, California.
HBO Max FYC ‘Euphoria’ Event
Zendaya did a THING on the red carpet in a stylish, simplistic Fear of God ensemble! This is a fabulous, ankle length, two-piece pantsuit detailed with a boatneck top and custom cummerbund.
She won Best Drama Actress at the Gold Derby Awards for her role as Rue in “Euphoria.” Other nominees in this category were Britt Lower (“Severance,”), Laura Linney (“Ozark,”), Melanie Lynskey (“Yellowjackets,”), Mandy Moore (“This Is Us”) and Kelly Reilly (“Yellowstone”).
Zendaya attends the HBO Max FYC event for “Euphoria” at Academy Museum of Motion Pictures on April 20, 2022, in Los Angeles, California.
‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ Premiere
The star arrives on the red carpet in a unique custom Valentino Haute Couture nude gown designed with a deep V-neck cut, dramatic low-scooped back, sexy high-leg slit, and, most notably, black spiderwebs embroidered all over.
“Malcolm & Marie” wheeled in a few award nominations for Zendaya this awards season. The star received Critics Choice, MTV Movie/TV, Satellite, Hollywood Critics’ Association and Black Reel award nominations. She won the Virtuoso Award at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival for ‘Malcom & Marie’.
Zendaya attends Sony Pictures’ “Spider-Man: No Way Home Los Angeles Premiere held at The Regency Village Theatre on December 13, 2021, in Los Angeles, California.
2022 Vanity Fair Oscar Party
Zendaya dotted all I’s and crossed all T’s when she hit the red carpet in this tomboy chic look! The star wore a sleek double-breasted Sportmax suit, in a jacket that cinched her waist, trousers that gave off a slight flare, an androgynous leather tie, and a dazzling leaf-motif brooch.
In 2022, both Zendaya and “Euphoria” received five Emmy nominations. The star won Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series against Jodie Comer, Laura Linney, Melanie Lynskey, Reese Witherspoon and Sandra Oh.
Zendaya attends the 2022 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on March 27, 2022, in Beverly Hills, California.
Ballon D’Or: Red Carpet Photocall
Zendaya arrived on the red carpet wearing a Cavalli black, three-quarter-sleeve inky gown. A dress that appeared to be simple sexy, and sleek from the front, but the back made a fashion statement of its own revealing a metallic serpentine detail slithering up her back.
In 2021 Zendaya received two Black Reel award nominations for “Malcolm & Marie” in the Outstanding Actress and Outstanding Breakthrough Performance, Female categories. In addition to becoming a Pena de Prata nominee for “Trouble Don’t Last Always” in the Best Actress in a Limited Series or Anthology Series or TV Special category.
Zendaya attends the Ballon D’Or photocall at Theatre du Chatelet on November 29, 2021, in Paris, France.
Valentino Womenswear Show 2022
Undoubtedly, the “Euphoria” star proves there’s power in pink! Zendaya wears a pink Valentino suit, women’s crepe couture stylish embroidered trousers with the matching color palette blazer with 3-D floral embroidery.
Fun Fact: Did you know many thought Zendaya was cast in the 2023 “Barbie” movie? The answer is NO!
Zendaya attends the Valentino Womenswear Fall/Winter 2022/2023 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on March 06, 2022, in Paris, France.
Women In Film Awards 2021
The moment art meets fashion! Zendaya arrived on the red carpet wearing a customed Lowe designed gray maxi dress with a gold art piece framing her torso. She paired the look with dangling gold earrings and pointed-toe metallic heels.
The month prior to the Women in Film Festival, Zendaya made a splash at the Venice Film Festival last month for the “Dune” premiere.
Zendaya attends Women in Film’s Award Ceremony at The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures on October 06, 2021, in Los Angeles, California.
‘Spiderman: No Way Home’ Red Carpet Photocall
The actress made her grand red carpet debut wearing Alexander McQueen. Black thigh-high stockings embellished with a web of crystals, a gray, boxy styled wool blazer embroidered with crystal raindrops across the shoulders and lapels, accessorized with a pair of sparkly cobweb earrings.
The star received a Fan Favorite Actress Golden Tomato Award nominations (Rotten Tomatoes). Unfortunately, Zendaya lost to Hailee Steinfeld.
Zendaya attends a photocall for “Spiderman: No Way Home” at The Old Sessions House on December 05, 2021, in London, England.
‘Dune’ Red Carpet Photocall
The actress stepped onto the red carpet looking simply sensational in a Maison Alaïa ensemble. It was a daring long-sleeve top with a matching high-waisted skirt with crochet-style detailing around the top. The skirt featured a jaw-dropping feather detailing along the bottom.
Fun Fact: Did you know “Dune” won six Oscars, 171 other award wins and a total of 278 nominations?
Zendaya attends the “Dune” photocall At Le Grand Rex on September 06, 2021, in Paris, France.
78th Venice International Film Festival
Chic and Glam all in one! Zendaya arrives on the red carpet glammed in Valentino Couture. The star wore an oversized black blazer over a plunging white shirtdress with an striking high slit coordinated with black Christian Louboutin pumps.
Overall, “Dune” received 10 Oscar nominations, 11 BAFTA Award nominations, 3 Golden Globes nominations and one Grammy nomination.
Zendaya attends the photocall of “Dune” during the 78th Venice International Film Festival on September 03, 2021, in Venice, Italy.
78th Venice International Film Festival
Let’s just say, nude, balmain and sculpting did Zendaya very, very well! The “Dune” actress stepped on the red carpet in nude-colored leather coupled with a unique Bvlgari green gemstone.
Fun Fact: Did you know, this was one of Zendaya’s most-liked fashion moments on social media platforms? Yes, it in fact was.
Zendaya attends the red carpet of the movie “Dune” during the 78th Venice International Film Festival on September 03, 2021, in Venice, Italy.
25th Critics Choice Awards
Can you say warrior-esque! The star hit the red carpet with an haute futuristic look styled in a long, metallic pink Tom Ford skirt and stunning Tom Ford breastplate that was molded specifically to fit her body.
Zendaya received a Critics Choice Best Drama Actress nomination for “Euphoria” but lost to Regina King (“Watchmen”).
Zendaya arrives at the 25th Annual Critics Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 12, 2020, in Santa Monica, California.