Zendaya Coleman was born in Oakland, California. Her name means ‘to give thanks’ in the Shona language. She joined a dance group as a child and studied acting at the American Conservatory Theatre. Zendaya was a child model for stores like Macy’s and a backup dancer before landing a role on the Disney Channel’s Shake It Up. Her film debut was in 2017 in Spider-Man: Homecoming, and the same year she also played in The Greatest Showman. She appeared on season 16 of Dancing With the Stars. Zendaya has released several singles and a full album that went platinum. She was named one of the best dressed women of 2018 by Net-a-Porter. Zendaya launched a line of clothing called Daya and has written a book giving style advice to tweens called Between U and Me. She is an ambassador for Convoy for Hope, and has over 66 million followers on Instagram alone. Zendaya is 5 feet, 10 inches tall and weighs about 130 lbs.
Zendaya Coleman’s Diet
Zendaya has been a vegetarian since she was a kid. She says she chose to become a vegetarian primarily for ethical reasons, and while she doesn’t eat meat, she will still have dairy and other animal products. She is naturally active and young, which allows her to get away with eating more carbs than others. With her busy schedule, she sometimes forgets to sit down to a proper meal, and often has noodles or another quick snack rather than a full meal.
- Low Protein 20% 20%
- Low-Medium Fat 30% 30%
- High Carb 70% 70%
AM Breakfast Call
Zendaya isn’t big on breakfast. In fact, she often needs to be reminded by her assistant or a family member to eat.
Food For Busy People
Despite her on-the-go lifestyle, Zendaya doesn’t do coffee or energy drinks. She’s also not crazy about water. She likes juice, but the regular kind, such as plain o.j., not the fancy fresh-pressed mixed kind. She prefers to snack rather than eat regular meals, and is a big fan of ramen noodles with hot sauce.
Phone It In
Zendaya admits she’s not much of a cook, and often orders meals in. She doesn’t naturally gravitate toward healthy choices however, and her assistant often has to guide her to eat something besides ice cream.
Zendaya loves her Chik-Fil-A, but the vegetarian version: a salad (and fries).
Zendaya jokes that while she tolerates vegetables, she’d rather have a pizza. Wouldn’t we all.
Zendaya has a serious sweet tooth and one of her favorite things to eat is ice cream, another is pancakes with Nutella, or really anything with Nutella.
What to Eat
Ice Cream (cheat)
What to Avoid
Anything that is cruel to animals
Zendaya on Coffee
‘I don’t drink coffee; it doesn’t do anything for me.’
Zendaya on Breakfast
‘I love breakfast food, just not at breakfast time.’
Zendaya on Cooking
‘I don’t cook. I think I could cook — I can do anything I put my mind to.’
Zendaya Coleman’s Fitness Routine
Dance It Up
Zendaya got her start with a dancing troupe, and she still uses those moves for her various acting roles. A typical at-home routine for her might be 30 minutes of dance, HIIT and plyometrics.
Zendaya was an active kid and teenager. She played soccer and basketball and ran track. It doesn’t much matter what activity you choose so long as you do it.
Not A Gym Rat
You won’t catch Zendaya at the gym very often unless it’s in preparation for an acting role. For The Greatest Showman, she had to develop core and upper body strength to perform acrobatics.
A Zendaya Routine
Wide leg squats
Dance, jog, play a sport, or hit the gym if that’s your thing. Stay active, and make sure it’s fun so you stick with it.
Zendaya on the Importance Making Exercise Fun
‘I have to do something that’s fun for me.’
Zendaya on the Gym
‘I don’t go to the gym. If we’re going to be honest here, I hate the gym.’
Zendaya on Exercise
‘The way I get my exercise is I have to do fight choreo for my show or I dance.’
Zendaya Coleman’s Supplements
Zendaya Coleman’s Lifestyle
Sleep Like a Diva
Zendaya admits to not being a morning person. When she wakes up, she might still lie around for a couple of hours.
All In the Family
Zendaya bought herself a big house, but she doesn’t like being alone, so she had a sister, niece and some cousins move in with her.
A Slave to Comfort
Even though she has been voted Best Dressed, Zendaya says most of the time, she’d rather wear sweats.
Zendaya doesn’t care for baths. She says it’s like sitting in soup and that you have to shower afterwards anyway. She cuts to the chase, and sticks with her showers. She usually showers at night as well to wash off the day.
Convoy of Hope
Zendaya is an ambassador for the faith-based humanitarian organization that provides assistance to needy populations, including disaster relief.
Zendaya on Mornings
‘I do not hop right out of bed…I’m just not one of those people.’
Zendaya on Selecting her Clothes
‘What I wear depends on how lazy I am. Ninety-nine percent of the time, I wear sweatpants, which is why I have so many sweats and jumpsuits in my collection.’
Zendaya on Work
‘The best part of my job is that I work everywhere.’
Zendaya on Being Alone
‘I’m one of those people who don’t like to be alone, just left alone…I like to have the option of being around somebody.’
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L’Occitane Shea Nail and Cuticle Oil
Mario Badescu Caviar Night Cream
Burts Bees Lip Balm
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