Zendaya Says Her Return to the Disney Channel Was Driven by a Need for Diversity

Let’s step away from another instance of #HollywoodSoWhite.

Zendaya, Ellie Goulding, Kylie Jenner, Hailey Baldwin, and actor Gugu Mbatha-Raw turned out for Marie Claire’s “Fresh Faces” affair on Monday, Apr. 11, in celebration of their individual May covers. While Jenner gave Baldwin a quick smooch on the cheek on the red carpet, Zendaya addressed the reason behind her return to the Disney channel in K.C. Undercover.

“To see a black family, to see a young girl with these adorable Afro puffs, little things like that are so important,” she said of the lack of diversity on television.


In the same respect to her hair, Zendaya also noted that her confidence level was through the roof when she wore a highly-criticized mullet to the 2016 Grammy Awards.

“I felt like I was killing it. And I was. That’s all that should matter when you step out.”

Launch the gallery at the top of the page to view more photos from the Marie Claire party.