Zendaya Is Tired Of Y’all Mispronouncing Her Name!
Over the years, Zendaya has blossomed into a fierce artist with bomb taste in shoes and fashions.
An advocate for body positivity and racial equality, she’s stepped away from her Disney Channel persona, and carved out a name for herself. This summer, she will star in Marvel’s highly anticipated film, Spider-Man: Homecoming as Michelle. Snagging the role over all of the other young starlets in Hollywood has already set Zendaya apart in the entertainment industry.
It is clear that she is about to be propelled into a whole new level of superstardom. However, before she can do any of that, she’s going to need everyone to figure out how to correctly pronounce her name.
She’s grown weary of the way the world butchers her stunning name. (Cue: Solange) Luckily, being the icon that she is, Zendaya decided to take matters into her own hands, so that we can all get her name right once and for all. In the latest video on her on her app (Does every celebrity have an app?), the Shake It Up alum decided to bless her viewers with a step-by-step guide of how to pronounce her name. She politely coaches her fans through each syllable saying, “Zen is the first syllable, then day, and then a.”
In the cutesy video, she goes on to explain, “I think a lot of people see my name and think it’s more fancy than it is. They think Zendaya like papaya. It’s just day.”
If you’re still confused, watch Zendaya break it down for you below.
Oh, and just in case you didn’t know, Zendaya’s name means, “to give thanks.” How perfect is that?