Zendaya Coleman, a self-described fashion risk taker who's "always been into dressing different and doing different things," has certainly developed an unapologetic approach to style at a very young age. At just 19 years old, the Disney darling has also employed a similar nonconformist attitude when it comes to how she wears her hair—as we've seen both on and off the red carpet.
From those show-stopping dreadlocks to cascading waves and everything else in between, Coleman's mane moments are making a strong case for her to join the ranks of the hair icons who came before her. And Mane Addicts is celebrating exactly that.
Commemorating the young star's status as a trendsetter-in-training, the site has crowned the "Replay" singer their latest muse, honoring her with an exciting new photo shoot; which pays homage to "different decades of beauty" and the stars who inspired them. With the help of her longtime hairstylist, Larry Sims, Coleman stuns in an array of looks first made famous by everyone from Cher to Grace Jones.
'60s: Cher/Janis Joplin
"Zendaya is fearless. She's a creator's dream. Inspired by Cher, we wanted to create the bone straight, parted down the middle, chic vibe," Sims says. "It could be described as a modern day Janis Joplin. We kind of did a version of this at the AMA's a few years back when she wore an all-white ensemble, but we haven't revisited it for quite a few years."
'70s: Diana Ross
While taking cues from Ross's legendary natural curls, Sims also "was inspired by shapes and texture. I wanted to do a twist on what an afro looks like…[and Zendaya] is a perfect canvas. She allows you to just go for it and when you think you've gone too far, she pushed you to go further. In this business it's hard to stay inspired. I just feel so lucky to have such a creative muse who trusts my vision. I didn't use any products except some shine spray and I cut the hair with clippers."
'80s: Brooke Shields
"We used two wigs," admits Sims. "I cut into them both a bit to shape, then secured them with pins. I used color spray in Zendaya's hair to blend them with the wigs. We teased it with the height and just went there! Threw a little wind on it and it was good to go!"
'90s: Grace Jones
"This last look was all about Grace Jones. It was an old style, a high top fade," explains Sims. "It was an homage to the era Zendaya grew up in. She's so in tune with what's new, what's fashion, but the high top fade is so left from what she's done before."
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