Yesterday Zendaya made history by becoming the world's youngest Emmy winner for Lead Actress in a Drama Series. She's still as humble as ever.
While most other 24-year-olds spent this past Sunday hungover, eating Uber Eats order under the doona, Zendaya spent hers making history at television’s night of nights, the Emmy Awards.
On Sunday night (US time), she beat out Jennifer Aniston, Laura Linney and Sandra Oh to win Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her role as Rue in Euphoria, becoming the second-ever black actress to win the award.
Surrounded by family and friends and wearing a crystal-encrusted bandeau top and polka dot skirt, Zendaya held back tears as she accepted the award from her lounge room. “I know this feels like a really weird time to be celebrating,” she said. “But I just want to say that there is hope in the young people out there. I know that our TV show doesn’t always feel like a great example of that, but there is hope in the young people. And I just want to say to all my peers out there doing the work in the streets, I see you, I admire you, I thank you.”
Later, she took to Instagram to share a photo of herself, eyes closed, hand on forehead, captioning it: “Still on cloud nine… so grateful, still speechless, to all my friends and family who have texted/tweeted/called etc. I promise I will get back to you tomorrow when I’ve wrapped my head around this amazing night, until then… gonna go to sleep and make sure this isn’t a dream.”
Zendaya’s win wasn’t the only mark of cultural inclusion and representation at the 72nd Emmy Awards. Actor Anthony Anderson gave a powerful Black Lives Matter speech, Grey’s Anatomy’s Sandra Oh tributed Black Lives Matter and her own Korean heritage with her Emmys outfit and actresses Regina King and Uzo Aduba wore shirts to honour the late Breonna Taylor, who was tragically killed by police in a raid.
Naturally, Twitter went nuts with Zendaya’s win, with fans singing the former Disney star's praises.
Catch Zendaya’s reaction here, and get ready for the goosebumps:
Head here for the full list of 2020 Emmy winners.
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