Zendaya: Michelle Obama is my president, who will get her to run?

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In this month’s Glamour, Blackish star, Yara Shahadi interviewed Zendaya about the importance of education, finding her voice and our next president (wishfully). We’re all fond of Zendaya here and report on her whenever we get the chance. So it surprised me in Yara’s introduction when she said, “I’m honored to know (Zendaya), and excited for you all to get to know her better.” As far as I’m concerned, Zendaya should be a household name. I’m not always a fan of celebrities interviewing celebrities because, in my opinion, the ‘interviewer’ always injects too much of themselves into the discussion. Because I am a fan of both Zendaya and Yara, I really enjoyed this. They are such positive voices for today’s generation. Plus, they’re both so well-spoken, it was a joy to read. You can read the whole interview here but below are a few quotes:

Zendaya on the importance of education
I remember some kids I knew would cheat their way through an online school program. That’s insane to me. My mom had to write letters to Disney lawyers to say, “Listen, my daughter needs this teacher,” because I’d finally found someone who would work with me when I had press tours. In the car. On the plane. On the train. In the hotel room. She’d be like, “Are you tired? I don’t care.”

Zendaya on finding her voice
I can genuinely say that I’m not the same person I was a year ago. As my social platforms grew, I realized that my voice was so much more important than I had originally thought. I think if every young person understood the power of their voice, things would be a lot different. And it’s becoming more popular to be outspoken.

Zendaya and Yara name women who inspire them like Oprah and Shonda Rhimes
Zendaya: Beyoncé. She took it to the next level with Lemonade. She’s got twins, and she’s banging. She’s killing it. And, of course, Michelle Obama, because that is an intelligent woman.
Yara: She’s the forty-sixth president that I recognize.
Zendaya: She’s my president. Who is going to convince her to run?

Zendaya on getting made a producer on K.C. Undercover
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 color can’t quite understand what it’s like to grow up and not see yourself in mainstream media. 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.

[From Glamour]

In the interview, Zendaya makes it clear that acting was her desire and her parents sacrificed to make it happen for her. Plus, both Zendaya’s parents are educators so I imagine their agreement was that they would help Zendaya to fulfill her dreams but she had to commit to school. But I like that she emphasized that she really valued education and appreciated that her mother fought for her to have the best she could given her career. What most stood out for me was her comments about finding her voice. I think so many of us feel changed. I know I do. To reinforce Zendaya’s comments, Yara added, “It no longer feels like an option whether or not to be active.” This is so true, isn’t it? It’s not even comfortable to ‘do nothing’ anymore.

As for Michelle Obama as president – she’s said she won’t run. I’m certain she will remain a diligent voice for the advancement of this country but I think she’s found where she wants to operate. After all the work she’s done for us – and all the bs she’s been forced to endure – she’s entitled to pick her platform. If she decides to run for something, I’ll be listening. In the meantime, I am more than happy to join her supporters like Zendaya and Yara in whatever cause she is championing.

PS – fans of Zendaya’s clothing line, Daya: she’s having an amazing clearance sale currently!

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Photo credit: Glamour Magazine and WENN Photos

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  1. Julianna says:

    Look, I get the appeal, but I really, really wish we would move past the idea of political dynasties.

    • Ankhel says:

      This. The Kennedys, the Clintons, etc. Looking for successors in the families of popular politicians is a hallmark of immature democracies.

    • Aang says:

      Came here to say the same thing. No more dynasties.

    • Indiana Joanna says:

      She’s said many times she doesn’t like politics and would never run for a political office.

    • ash says:

      as long as we dont have a monarchy….the people will always want the dynasty….it also goes to with great power comes responsibility or at least the masses feel that way…. like you were so close to power and mostly good…why dont the wife kids etc. etc. join in the excellence or watev…. it’ll always be a feel from the people.

  2. Agent Fang says:

    I’d have to see her policies first.

  3. MI6 says:

    Absolutely adore this girl. Maybe she should run.

    • V4Real says:

      So off topic but Zendaya and Bruno Mars in the video “Vesacce on the Floor” is one of the sexiest videos I’ve ever seen and they never even touched once.

  4. Nicole says:

    Love them both. But I wouldn’t subject the Obama family more torture at the hands of America. They deserved better than what they got and we don’t deserve them.
    That said Yara and Zendaya are amazing and I admire what they do. After Ferguson I also felt that I could not stay silent and passive in my activism. That tipped me into active because it became life or death for me. Did you know Michelle wrote Yara a recommendation for Harvard?

    • Lexter says:

      Exactly. Why put herself through the sexist and racist vitriol that would be spewed at her for years on end? Americs doesn’t deserve her.

  5. lightpurple says:

    Michelle Obama does not want to be president. She missed the simple things in life for 8 years. Like the ability to drive a car. To just go to the store. To not have to look perfect every time you stepped out the door to walk the dog. Things we take for granted. She wants to enjoy her life with her great dogs, her fantastic daughters, and her extraordinary husband. And we should let her do that.

    • Indiana Joanna says:

      Yes, Michelle has said many times when asked that unequivocally, absolutely, without a doubt that she will not run for any public office. She knows she does not have the temperament or interest to constantly slug it out. She is very much her own person and even initially resented Barack’s work as a politician that took him away for days or weeks from the family.

      Her interests are working for families and communities and she has done that extremely well.

  6. grabbyhands says:

    Michelle Obama is the president we need but not the one we deserve. I wouldn’t wish American politics on her especially when so many people in this country are embracing fascism. She has the power to do more good not being anywhere near DC.

    • M4lificent says:

      Exactly — she’s so successful as an icon of kindness and decency because she rises above the politics. If she were president — she’d end up in the pit being forced to make deals with the devil and ugly no-win decisions — just like her husband and every other president before him. She is a greater power for good if she stays out of the fray. Queen Elizabeth II actually gave Michelle a side hug. How is that for personal power?

  7. lautie says:

    I also love Zendaya and Yara! i really hope and pray they don’t grow up in some years to come to become something else :( ……..what fame can do!! hmm

  8. QueenB says:

    If I could pick between Michelle Obamas position now or being the president I’d pick the former. Sounds like a way better life.

  9. HadToChangeMyName says:

    I like Zendaya but I would take her words about education more seriously if she actually went to college. High school is not an education.

    • Lucy says:

      “High school is not an education.” Are you serious? Did you actually say that?

      • HadToChangeMyName says:

        High school is not an education. It isn’t. It is the bare minimum. So yeah, I’m serious and actually said that.

    • DurbanGirl says:

      Wow. what an ignorant comment…

    • ash says:

      college is really not an education anymore…just a societal force fed institution for the debt collectors….
      i do however feel differently kinda about masters and phds these hyper focused curriculems ….but eveything up to a bachelors has you doing electives and classes that are to the core adn thus a waste …. i mean i probably took maybe 8 or 7 course in my 4 years of college that spoke to my poli sci degree…the rest was filler and bs.

  10. minx says:

    Please, let’s leave Michelle alone!

  11. Lucy says:

    That cover, though. A picture of a (very) young woman of color in a t-shirt, simple hair and makeup who’s NOT being oversexualised in any way has actually become the cover of
    a fashion magazine! See, bet it wasn’t that hard.

    • Naddie says:

      I was going to say this but u arrived first. No open mouth, no smouldering eyes, no sexy outfit “accidentally”designed to appeal the male gaze. I couldn’t just not compliment this amazing cover.

      • Otaku Fairy says:

        The idea that a woman on the cover of a magazine for women wouldn’t be able to wear anything less conservative than sweats and a t-shirt without having to fend off male gaze accusations is part of the problem too.
        She does look cool here though. She’s another celebrity who will look pretty in most things, even if the outfit itself is nothing special (or in a few cases, completely fug).

      • Naddie says:

        I get your point, but when it becomes a rule, there’s something wrong with it. I’m talking about sexualizing every single teenager in a teen’s magazine. The key here is the word “every”, it became standard, so much that we’re poiting how Zendaya’s cover is different.

  12. Lizzie says:

    i think its obvious they were being cheeky with the michelle obama comments. i love both of these young ladies and i really hope they continue to make it through the business with their heads on their shoulders and to make great choices, speak their minds and surround themselves with positive people. IMHO they are off to a great start…and are also two of the most beautiful and stylish in hollywood right now!

  13. WendyNerd says:

    Michelle’s been through enough.

  14. mm says:

    Zendaya is annoying and she is outspoken just to be outspoken. It’s all a stunt, because she cannot sing and her acting is blah. So the next thing to be is “woke”!

  15. MrsBump says:

    She’s very pretty and has great style but is a very average actress. Other than that .. meh? She has said some sensible things but are we setting the bar so low that any celebrity who isn’t completely dense is automatically the next coming of the messiah?

  16. FF says:

    Nah, Michelle has said she doesn’t want to run so why drag her into this mess.

    45 was already a reaction to her husband’s presidency, imagine the nonsense they’d try to pull out if Michelle ran. I honestly don’t think people have learned yet.