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Zendaya Covers Vogue For The First Time And We're Super Stoked

Good decision, Anna Wintour.

It's about time!

After a meteoric rise in Hollywood (and on the red carpet), It-girl Zendaya has finally made her Vogue debut, starring on the glossy's July 2017 cover.

Photographed by Mario Testino and styled by Tonne Goodman, the 20-year-old Disney alum looks gorgeous in a feathered Calvin Klein frock, bold earrings and a shaggy updo.

The actress first became known for her Disney show "K.C. Undercover," but broke into the mainstream after she clapped back at Giuliana Rancic for her racist comments about Zendaya's dreadlocks at the 2015 Oscars.

Since then, 'Daya has become a fashion darling, wearing bold and surprising looks on the red carpet and even launching her own fashion line, Daya by Zendaya.

And this July, she will be making her feature film debut in the sure-to-be-blockbuster, "Spider-Man: Homecoming," in which she plays Peter Parker's mysterious classmate, Michelle.

But it wasn't easy to get to where she is now, explaining to Vogue's Abby Aguirre that she had to fight for what she believed in when it came to her work.

"I got in a room with the heads of Disney Channel," she told Aguirre about a meeting that took place four years ago after she had already starred in her first Disney show, "Shake It Up." There, she told the execs that they would have to hire her as a producer, change the title of the show from "Super Awesome Katy," change her character's name and feature a family of colour.

Zendaya attends the 'Spider-Man : Homecoming' photocall at The Ham Yard Hotel on June 15, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by David M Benett/Dave Benett/WireImage)

She also wanted to make her character, K.C., was relatable to teens:

“I wanted to make sure that [K.C.] wasn’t good at singing or acting or dancing. That she wasn’t artistically inclined," she said. "I didn’t want them to all of a sudden be like, ‘Oh, yeah, and then she sings this episode!’ No. She can’t dance; she can’t sing. She can’t do that stuff. There are other things that a girl can be.

“I want her to be martial arts–trained. I want her to be able to do everything that a guy can do. I want her to be just as smart as everybody else. I want her to be a brainiac. I want her to be able to think on her feet. But I also want her to be socially awkward, not a cool kid. I want her to be normal with an extraordinary life.”

And she's only 20. We can't wait to see what she does next!

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