Zendaya worked exclusively with Black photographers and designers for her latest InStyle cover shoot.
The Euphoria star fronts the September issue of the magazine, and revealed she and stylist Law Roach were given creative and editorial control of the shoot, and used the opportunity to highlight the work of black creatives.
The duo hired photography duo Ahmad Barber and Donte Maurice, and the 23-year-old rocked outfits designed by Jason Rembert, Christopher John Rogers, Cushnie, and Pyer Moss.
“I’ve always had a Black stylist and Black hair and make-up artists, but we were able to work with two talented young Black photographers on this shoot too,” Zendaya told Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors for the cover interview. “We’re actually around the same age, so it was cool to be with my peers and have an opportunity to show what we can do.”
And the Spider-Man: Far From Home star hopes that featuring the Black creatives for the highly-publicised cover will give her collaborators a sales boost.
“There are also so many Black designers people don’t know about, so having an opportunity where they can be in InStyle and get the love they deserve is really special,” Zendaya explained. “I hope people are like, ‘Oh, I like that dress!’ – and then go support them.”
Stylist Law also took to Instagram to share his joy at being given full control of the shoot by InStyle bosses.
“No rules! No advertisers! You allowed me a BLACK stylists to creative direct an editorial with my beautiful BLACK muse Zendaya and feature clothing from all BLACK designers, shoes from all BLACK shoe designers, jewels from all BLACK jewelry designers, we feature BLACK art from BLACK artists,” he shared.
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