Why Zendaya is already the It girl of 2022

Zendaya is already having the *best* 2022. Her recent movies and TV shows have blessed us with some iconic red carpet moments (and need we even mention her swoon-worthy superhero boyfriend?). We're breaking down all of her successes, fab fashion looks and adorable relationship here—bc we just have a feeling that she's about to take the world by storm.

Zendaya as MJ in Spider-Man: No Way Home

Spider-Man: No Way Home definitely lived up to the hype. It was arguably one of the biggest movies of the year, thanks to Zendaya's relatable and quirky rendition of MJ (and, just saying, her chemistry with Tom Holland is undeniable). Spider-Man: No Way Home has only solidified what we already knew: Zendaya is a movie star.

Zendaya's *perfect* red carpet looks

Between the premieres of Spider-Man: No Way Home and Euphoria, Zendaya has been slaying the Hollywood fashion game.

Zendaya understood the assignment for the Los Angeles Spider-Man premiere. Her gown featured a spider web pattern, complete with black glitter and gorgeous makeup.

(Also, can we discuss Tom Holland getting distracted Zendaya's epic entrance during his interview? Tbh, who wouldn't.)

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Zendaya was the main character *again* during the premiere for season two of Euphoria. She stunned in a striped dress. (Fun fact: It was originally worn by supermodel Linda Evangelista back in 1991!) Leave it to Zendaya to show us that vintage never goes out of style.


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Zendaya & Tom Holland: Relationship goals

We all need to thank the Spider-Man franchise for bringing two of our favs together. While fans have always shipped them (BTW, their couple name is #tomdaya), the pairing wasn't 100% confirmed until July of 2021. 

During an interview with GQ, Holland described Zendaya's impact on him: "Having her in my life was so instrumental to my sanity. She is so good at being the role model for young guys and girls." (Brb, excuse us while we go cry.)


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Similarly, Zendaya respects and shares much adoration for her boyfriend and co-star. In an Instagram caption dedicated to Holland, she wrote: "My Spider-Man, I’m so proud of you, some things never change and good thing". Zendaya posting a pic of Tom as a child?! The cuteness!

But our fave part about Zendaya? Her lovely personality and down-to-earth demeanor. Not only is she an Emmy-winning fashion icon, but she inspires us with her talent and kindness. We srsly can't wait to see all that's in store for her in 2022.

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How does Zendaya inspire you? Let us know on Twitter @girlslifemag

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by Olivia Brown | 1/15/2022