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TIME Magazine has named Zendaya one of the 100 most influential people of 2022

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Ultimate dream girl, actor and Valentino muse Zendaya has been named as one of TIME 100 most influential people in 2022. Shot by Camila Falquez for her own cover of the magazine, the actor wears a Valentino Anatomy of Couture Collection look in the House’s signature vibrant red hue, styled by Law Roach.

Valentino Creative Director Pierpaolo Piccioli celebrated the news through commending Zendaya on her tenacity, strength and inherent authenticity as a person.

“Zendaya is a powerful and fierce young woman that uses her talent and work to express herself and her values,” said Piccioli in a statement. “Zendaya is a Valentino DiVa and face of the Maison, and I am proud that she has been named by TIME 100 Most Influential People of 2022, because she perfectly embodies and represents what the brand and I stand for today.”

“She has the capacity to convey a contemporary romanticism turning a Valentino creation into something extraordinary,” he continues. “She shares the identity values of a generation she speaks for, in her most spontaneous, personal, and progressive way. She is authentic, fragile, and strong at the same time and she is without any doubt the most powerful voice of a generation.”


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Filmmaker Denis Villeneuve – who worked with Zendaya on Dune – writes in the TIME piece honouring the Euphoria actor that she “gives the impression of having been born sometime far into the future. She is timeless, and she can do it all.”

He continues in the piece to pay credit to her fearlessness, drive and grit as an actor, saying she is “an autonomous creative force herself” and a “cultural icon in the making.”

“She seems fearless, her roots run deep, and I love that she still laughs like a kid. Zendaya is the future. And there is nothing more comforting to me. This is only the beginning.”

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