Zendaya at the 74th Primetime Emmy Awards


Zendaya stands with her Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, wearing a dress inspired by old Hollywood actresses, Sept. 2022. Photo courtesy of Zendaya.

Joey Arthur, Reporter

On Sept. 12, 2022, The Academy of Television Arts and Science presented its 74th Primetime Emmy Awards. Hosted by “Saturday Night Live” actor and comedian Kenan Thompson, the Emmys is a night of recognition for members of primetime television and those members are awarded for their excellence in their respective fields. Held at Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles, the Emmys is a hub for A-list celebrities to come and celebrate American television and of all the celebrities in attendance. “Euphoria” star Zendaya stole not just the red carpet but the entire show.

From her red-carpet entrance, Zendaya reminded all in attendance and those who were watching that she isn’t just a successful actress but also a visionary fashion icon. Zendaya wore a gorgeous strapless black gown to the Emmys. Designed by Valentino Garavani, the black ball gown with was inspired by old Hollywood actresses Grace Kelly, Linda Evangelista and Valentino’s own 1987 Fall collection. In an interview with Vogue, Zendaya’s stylist, Law Roach, said that the idea of the gown came to her in a dream and that Valentino only had a week to make it. In addition to the stunning dress, Roach paired the dress with a magnificent necklace made by Italian fashion house Bulgari. The necklace was white gold with over 17 carat diamonds. Given that this was Zendaya’s first in-person appearance at the Emmys since the COVID-19 Pandemic, she was absolutely breathtaking, and she came dressed as the winner she knew she was.

On the night of the Emmys, Zendaya won the award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her performance as Rue Bennett in the award-winning HBO Max original series, “Euphoria.” With this win, Zendaya made history by being the youngest person to ever win an Emmy twice consecutively, the youngest person to win twice in a role in the drama series category, the first black woman to win lead actress twice and the first black woman to win twice in the drama series category. Although it was a night of making history for our young actress, it is not something she is new to. Back in 2020, she made history for being the youngest person to win an award in the drama series category and the second black woman to win an award in the same category – with the first being Viola Davis for her performance of Annalise Keating in ABC’s “How to Get Away with Murder” back in 2015.

Following her win, Zendaya expressed her gratitude in her acceptance speech and her red-carpet interviews. In her speech, she thanked all who were nominated for the same award with her, the cast and crew of “Euphoria,” the Academy, her family, her friends and everyone who ever believed in her but most importantly, she shared with the world that her greatest wish for “Euphoria” was for it to be a show that healed people to which then she proceeded to thank everyone who has ever supported a friend through difficult times or anyone who has ever been through difficult times as their stories matter and she will carry it with her in her performance of Rue. Overall, Zendaya showed the world that humility, grace and style can be associated impeccably with overwhelming success.

Zendaya stars as Rue Bennett in teen drama "Euphoria," 2022. Courtesy of HBO Entertainment.
Zendaya stars as Rue Bennett in teen drama “Euphoria,” 2022. Courtesy of HBO Entertainment.