The actress opened up to friend Yara Shahidi about the importance of their own visibility
Zendaya rose to fame on the Disney Channel and had success with her own show, K.C. Undercover.
In Glamour, she reveals that she had a big hand in making sure her show featured a black family. She told Yara:
I didn’t feel like there was any other choice. I was like, ‘If I’m going to do this, this is how it has to be.’ There needs to be a black family on the Disney Channel. A lot of people who aren’t people of colour can’t quite understand what it’s like to grow up and not see yourself in mainstream media.
Zendaya also acknowledges her own privileges, namely, that she has lighter skin:
And you know, there is so much work left to be done. I’ve talked about this before, but can I honestly say I would be in the position I’m in if I weren’t a lighter-skinned black woman? No.