American actress Zendaya covers issue 17 of the GARAGE magazine in an artsy fashion.
Photographed by Ryan McGenly, the 23-year-old Euphoria star is transformed in series of shots while modeling both works by artist Simone Leigh as well as pieces by fashion designers like Louis Vuitton and Rodarte.
One standout shot saw Zendaya in a huge dress styled out of straw and stretching miles above the ground.
In a candid conversation with art titan Thelma Golden, the director and chief curator of The Studio Museum in Harlem, Zendaya breaks down her inspirations for the collaboration. When speaking of their desires for the partnership she shares:
“When the opportunity presented itself, I was obviously extremely excited. Even though we do art in different forms, there’s so much inspiration that could be gathered just by meeting someone and seeing their art, and seeing their work, and being able to be a small part of it. I don’t think I had any expectations, I just felt like it was going to be inspiring and refreshing.”
She also spoke on how the rich black culture impacted her;
“I think there’s so much culture, and there’s so much history in Oakland. Many of my aunties were Black Panthers, so they held meetings in the house that I grew up in. Just knowing the history, being aware of it, being taught it, it’s special.”
Simone Leigh is renowned for lauding black women through her art. In the magazine, she talks about how she became an artist, her inspirations and the role Nigeria legendary potter Ladi Kwali plays in it.
“I entered the art world at a time that it was not into beauty. It was interesting. I think that my work in art began with discovering a really beautiful Nigerian water pot, that was made by Ladi Kwali. Then, because I had just a philosophy and cultural studies background, I started to think about the means of production, the knowledge, everything that happens around that object.”
See more from the cover shoot below:
By Sarah Oyedo