Zendaya on her style: ‘I wore a mullet to the Grammys. I felt like I was killing it’

Marie Claire is featuring five different female artists on their upcoming edition, with different covers for each. I’ll just be reporting on Zendaya and Hailey Baldwin in this post. Kaiser covered Kylie Jenner and Gugu Mbatha-Raw’s covers yesterday. I like Zendaya for her styling, fashion and also the fact that she’s a smart and outspoken advocate for diversity. She’s only 19 and she’s a chameleon who takes risks. In this brief excerpt from Marie Claire, Zendaya touches on both of those issues and she also discusses her date with New York Giant, Odell Beckham Jr., 23, when her dad tagged along as a chaperone. We haven’t seen her out with him again though so I guess that didn’t work out.

On why she returned to Disney: “A big reason why I wanted to come back to Disney is because I saw a lack of diversity on the channel. To see a black family, to see a young girl with these adorable Afro puffs…little things like that are so important.”

On going to the Grammys after-party with her dad and New York Giant, Odell Beckham Jr.: “If a guy can handle my dad the first time, then he’s worth giving my time to. If he can’t, then I might as well not waste my time. Just because they’re in the NFL doesn’t mean they get a pass.”

On not worrying about what other people think: “I wore a freaking mullet to the Grammys. I felt like I was killing it. And I was. That’s all that should matter when you step out.”

[From Marie Claire]

Is that arrogant to claim that she was “killing it” in that mullet or is she just confident? Maybe it’s a little of both. I think she looked incredible despite the mullet. Like she can even pull off a mullet she’s that gorgeous. That’s part of her appeal I guess, she’s a risk taker and she pulls it off with attitude.

You might know Hailey Baldwin, also 19, as Stephen Baldwin’s model daughter. She also dated Justin Bieber briefly before he went running back to Selena Gomez only to get his widdle heart broken for the umpteenth time. She talked about Bieber in her Marie Claire interview and she doesn’t sounds as… mature as Zendaya.

On dating Justin Bieber: “I don’t want attention out of dating somebody. Texts started coming through, crazy phone calls…it’s hard to date somebody in this industry. You have to have really thick skin and be very strong. You have to focus on the person and nothing else.”

On her feelings: “I’m the type of person where I let things slide. I push it to the side. And then finally explode every so often, but by myself. I’ve been in situations with friends [when] someone will have said something that really hurt my feelings, so I sit there choking tears back.”

[From Marie Claire]

Hailey posted multiple photos on Instagram hugging up on Justin Bieber and yet now she’s claiming that she didn’t “want attention out of dating somebody.” Like Zendaya, she’s also 19. Just compare what Zendaya said about bringing her dad along to vet dates to Hailey posting photos with Bieber on Instagram and then complaining about people asking about it. I’m not saying Hailey in any way deserved the fallout, just that she could have anticipated it.


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  1. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    What is Hailey supposed to be wearing, exactly? Zendaya looked cute in her mullet, I thought, because she has such a beautiful face.

    • vauvert says:

      Ha ha… I was thinking the same thing. Why is she in granny panties on the cover? And other than her brief Bieber dating stint, why is she even one of the cover faces?

    • Nancy says:

      Zendaya looks like a cross between Rihanna and Miley Cyrus with Miley’s dads hideous haircut. Can’t take away from her cute face though.

  2. Nancy says:

    Mullets don’t work on anyone. Even the fish tries to chomp off its tail.

  3. Erinn says:

    I don’t know. I like her, and then I don’t at the same time. But I think it’s largely a case of her being 19 – she’s still got a bit of that typical 19 year old over confidence and arrogance – which isn’t always bad. It’s great to see a girl with confidence, but like anyone else, you’re going to look back at the things you said at 19 and cringe – AT LEAST ONCE. Some of the things that annoy me, I’m just plain chalking up to being young, and having time to grow.

    The mullet is AWFUL. Full stop.

    And I don’t know – unless she was really clear that her dad would be tagging along beforehand, I think it’s kind of a douche move to set a date and then have someone else tag along. Yes, absolutely, you need to find someone who can mesh well with your family. But my god – I can’t imagine trying to get to know someone while they have ‘backup’ or a family member sitting there judging every thing you do.

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      She’s only 19, and her date was a professional football player. I don’t blame her father for coming, although I agree with you that I hope she told the guy first.

    • D says:

      I thought it was a bit weird that her dad tagged along on her date, but maybe it was a good idea. I think you can judge people by the company they keep, and I’ve seen photos of Odell Beckham Jr hanging out with the king of douchebags Dan Bilzerian, check out his instagram (nsfw).

  4. manda says:

    I love zendaya, and it has nothing to do with her shows. (I don’t watch disney, I’m not a mom, but I’ve seen her on Blackish and on an episode of Project Runway, and on this site and T-Lo’s) She is so poised, so smart, so positive, so confident. She is also so freaking fabulous! And gorgeous. And the type of person who can rock a mullet, and so declare without coming off as a snot. I think she’s known for taking risks, and she’s also genetically lucky enough to just be beautiful, which allows you to be able to pull off more. I think she’s wonderful!

  5. chioma says:

    I’m not saying she’s over-exposed but the amount of exposure she gets and all the magazine covers and everyday Instagram posts and random pap walks are not commensurate with her Disney show with very dismal ratings.
    I forgot the song with Chris Brown too. All I’m saying is, very soon she’ll be known more for her social media presence than her actual work. Bella Thorne was the less talented one on Shake It Up but she scores more movie roles and doesn’t randomly search for her name looking for people with bad opinion on her to drag. Just saying

    • FingerBinger says:

      She’s going to become another Chrissy Teigen.

    • V4Real says:

      “Bella Thorne was the less talented one on Shake It Up but she scores more movie roles and doesn’t randomly search for her name looking for people with bad opinion on her to drag.”

      And why do you think that is? There’s a reason Bella scores more movie roles and it’s not just because she’s more talented. Like Zendaya said, there is a lack of diversity of roles for POC.

      • Nola says:

        @ V4real

        I’m glad to see how far Zendaya’s come despite the fact Disney was try to prop that (talentless) Bella throne girl.

  6. LookyLoo says:

    That mullet sucks. It would suck on anyone. But kudos to her for being so confident.

    • Hadleyb says:

      It was a wig… how confident ? If she cut her hair and had to wear it forever until it grew out like everyone had in the 80’s – maybe.

  7. Lex says:

    I get wanting a guy to be respectful and to get along with your parents, but I find it weird and a touch immature to bring your parent with you on the first date. I’d be super annoyed if a guy did that to me with his mom. It’s stressful enough to hang out with a new person, let alone know their patent is judging everything you do. I think she may be a tad codependent with her family. Not too awful, considering she’s only 19. She’s so beautiful though, and at least she has something going for her talent wise unlike the Baldwin girl.

  8. SBS says:

    No one can rock a mullet except for maybe a Czech hockey player.

  9. Me says:

    If she can rock a mullet, I can rock as many braids as I want!

  10. Juniper says:

    I’m coming to discover that being on the right side on one issue (the whole dread- smell like week) thing has covered up the fact that this one is pretty much as insufferable as the Smith kid. There’s such a thing as too much confidence. Or shall we say – unwarranted confidence. She thinks she’s ‘all that’ in way too obvious a manner and way too often these days. No – you did not rock a mullet and you looked like you were going to a board meeting. Shut the hell up and sit down for a while.

    • Me says:

      You said it so much better than me. Thank you.

    • Gomez says:

      She’s got the Weinstein in her corner now, so that overconfidence is going to get a whole lot bigger.

    • TheGrandSophy says:

      Agree completely. There appears to be no substance (body of work, accomplishments, education etc.) behind the pretty facade.

      The attention she gets is in no way commensurate with what she has done or brings to the table.

      99.9% of people would not know her from Eve. Why all the coverage?

      Seriously, Marie Claire has gone down the gurgler by featuring the youngest, most vapid famewhore in a family of famewhores (I refuse to say their name and give them the Google hits) and now this girl (less problematic than my first example, but still attention-seeking and nowhere near the caliber of Gugu).

    • Robin says:

      I’m not sure why she is getting so much publicity either. She hasn’t really done anything to earn it, but I guess that’s the standard these days. I had the misfortune of seeing a couple of episodes of her new Disney show when I was doing a therapy dog visit and the TV was on in the background. The show is AWFUL, even by Disney’s standards, and she can’t act her way out of a paper bag. That mullet wig looks ridiculous, and she wasn’t “killing it”.

  11. Jumpin says:

    As beautiful as she is, there is nothing about this girl’s personality that I like. Couldn’t watch her on DWTS. ABC/Disney has committed to her, probably for diversity. How bout being really radical and not trotting out the biracial as the “diverse”?

    • LookyLoo says:

      Yes, because if YOU don’t like her, she must have gotten where she is through affirmative action. Racist people are racist and don’t even realize it.

  12. SilkyMalice says:

    I’ve been in situations with friends [when] someone will have said something that really hurt my feelings, so I sit there choking tears back.

    Totally relate.

  13. Loo says:

    I appreciate most of Zendaya’s message to young girls and I don’t hate her but right now I don’t see what there is to love. She has to do something acting or singing wise for me to care. She’s a pretty girl and I wish her luck. I hope her role in the new Spider-Man movie isn’t too thankless.

  14. kate says:

    They certainly like to make her look white in this magazine cover. Does that not bother? Pretty weird considering her only job is making social justice soundbites. I’m surprised she didn’t use this magazine article to use the deep racial issues we have in this country to yell at anyone who criticizes her. Truly the mark of a woman who “doesn’t care what anyone thinks.”

    • Robin says:

      I noticed that too. They lightened her skin and stuck a blonde wig on her. Wonder if she had any input in that and if not, why hasn’t she said anything about it?

  15. TwistBarbie says:

    I think it’s pretty arrogant and naive of her to think wearing a mullet (and, real talk, that was like a Vidal Sassoon Mullet) was a giant risk. If that’s risky and edgy to her…boy, the things I wore when I was her age would probably give her a heart attack.

  16. bored_01 says:

    I want mullets to come back! My hair is thin around the temples and grows very slowly and breaks easily. The back grows long and lush. I’ constantly cutting the back to balance the front. A mullet would be awesome. And once it came in style we’d all suddenly find it attractive, as with everything that comes in.

  17. kay says:

    why does confidence, or a healthy sense of self, get translated into “arrogance’?
    i am finding it increasingly odd that while our society preaches to be comfortable and accepting of yourself, the minute someone does they become arrogant???
    if you ace an exam…an interview…a look…anything where you feel proud and happy with what you chose, it is viewed as arrogant.
    what is so wrong with being happy with yourself and your choices? even for something as simple as fashion choices?
    and no, i am not talking of ‘ye type shenanigans…imho, he does not have true confidence or sense of self (though i still sometimes think he is trolling us..)…but i am all for humans being proud and happy without being labelled as arrogant.

  18. Mar says:

    I have an 8 year old that has followed her for years and I can tell you that this girl is the real deal. She’s classy and confident and adorable. Love love love her ( and I hate everybody) lol