19 year-old actress and style icon in the making Zendaya Coleman rocks a series of classic hairstyles, even channeling the likes of Grace Jones and Diana Ross among in a photo shoot for MANE ADDICTS. Larry Sims, the shoot’s director talked about the inspiration behind each of the looks.

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The High Top Fade
“This last look was all about Grace Jones. It was an old style, a high top fade. 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.”

The Structured Fro
“The next look “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. For this kind of shape, it needed to be really defined, and I wouldn’t have been able to sculpt it the same way with shears. There’s a symmetry you can create really well to get those perfect straight lines with clippers.”

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The Lengthy Tease
“And then Zendaya channeled Brooke Shields and Diana Ross, with “80’s supermodel inspiration. We used two wigs. 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!”


““The theme of the shoot felt like going through different decades of beauty,” Larry explains. “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. 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.”

Zendaya is quickly becoming one to watch and one who continuously nails each and every look.

Which of these classic styles is your favorite?

Image Credits: MANE Addicts

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