01/23/2021 7:00 AM
2020 is the year of Zendaya. From her historic Emmy win for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama, to just recently being named the new face of Valentino, the 24 year old starlet is leading the charge and shows no signs of slowing down.
In the midst of her success, the Oakland native is using her voice to give honor to those who have come before her. From art to activism, she opens up about the people that inspire her most and encourages the next generation to learn from those who finished well, while leaning into the present. “A lot of what I do, specifically within fashion, is a tribute to fashion icons who came before me...I love to see that genuine love and respect for each other’s work. I hope that we continue to expand that in all kinds of beautiful ways, because I think we’re on a really good path.”
Zendaya leads with vision and purpose, by keeping her eyes on the prize/goal set before her. She pays homage to the patriarchs that have gone before by fiercely carrying their legacies forward. She encourages her fans to do the same by helping them realize that their power comes from within, and to let go of the unnecessary to carry the baton to greater things. “We are incredibly powerful…but we have to believe in our collective power.” She possesses a level of grace and authenticity that leaves no doubt that the future of Hollywood looks bright.
Celebrating the success of others is a mindset that every leader should have. It represents diversity, inclusion, and both embraces and challenges our culture to give honor where honor is due. In a culture of comparison, how can you be more proactive in replacing those thoughts with celebrating another person's win? We believe that the more you celebrate others, the more you posture yourself to be celebrated!
“So since we stand surrounded by all those who have gone before, an enormous cloud of witnesses, let us drop every extra weight, every sin that clings to us and slackens our pace, and let us run with endurance the long race set before us.”
- Hebrews 12:1