- Zendaya emerged winner as she snagged the Emmy award for the lead actress in a drama
- This makes her the youngest Emmy winner in that category and the second black woman to win the category
- Viola Davis won the category in 2015 for her role in the drama series, How To Get Away With Murder
Congratulations are in order for former Disney star, Zendaya Maree Stoermer Coleman as she recently made history becoming an Emmy winner - her first.
The 24-year-old star who won the award for her role in HBO's Euphoria beat out acclaimed actresses like Jennifer Aniston among others becoming the youngest to win best lead actress in a drama.
Zendaya made history with this win, not only for becoming the youngest-ever Emmy winner in the category but also for being the second-ever black woman to win the category.
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Recall in 2015, Viola Davis won the award for her role in the drama series How To Get Away With Murder.
Zendaya thanked her family, team, and Euphoria creator, Sam Levinson, who based the series on his own battle with substance addiction.
Zendaya won for her portrayal of a teenage addict, Rue, on the HBO high school drama.
Addressing Levinson, she said:
“I appreciate you so much; you’re my family,” I’m so grateful for Rue. I’m so grateful that you trusted me with your story.”
“I know this feels like a really weird time to be celebrating 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.”
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Born September 1, 1996, Zendaya is an American actress and singer. She began her career as a child model and backup dancer, before gaining prominence for her role as Rocky Blue on the Disney Channel sitcom Shake It Up.
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