Zendaya is on the cover of the InStyle November Issue and they refer to their “boss phase” in the title. He is 25 years old. She is producing her own projects. She is making room for other creatives, especially black creatives. She is making the decisions, but she is also collaborating, in all aspects of her work, including fashion and style, to promote her projects and her own personal brand. As Law Roach says, he is an “image architect” and in this business, image has value.
Speaking of business and the business she’s in, I like what Zendaya said about being more practical in the administrative and less creative parts of her job.
“It’s interesting because with our profession, there is no real plan for how it works. When you have a more corporate structure, there are promotions and you move up the ranks. On this avenue, it’s like, “I don’t know what I’m doing right now.” What I urge many people to understand about this business is that it is also a business. It is the entertainment industry and it is important to remember that it is about money and contracts. I try to be prepared and understand everything I can about that as well. “
That’s a really tangible way of describing how unique the entertainment industry is in certain respects. Of course, there are parallels with any industry, but in show business, as Zendaya points out, “ranks” in this business are rarely possible in other businesses. Very rarely do you see a person go from intern to CEO in six months in business, for example. In Hollywood, you can be a stranger in a minute and star in your own feature film in less than a year. It’s not just the level of care that you now have to deal with, it’s also the practical side. It’s the paperwork, the contracts as she said, the money, the financial details, all of that comes to you quickly. And we’ve seen the consequences of not being prepared and in control, of not having time to “rank up” and gain experience, picking up the tools that you will use at each step of your progression.
As she continues to take her career in new and more complex directions, Zendaya thinks about what she has to learn, the skills she needs to hone, away from the camera. While, of course, he was in front of the camera. For more than half of his life.
Fashion, then, in a way, is her way of taking charge of what often cannot be under the control of one person. So “image architect” is really a fitting job description for Law considering his association with Zendaya and how, together, they have built his image as part of their career. Zendaya the best dressed?
Obviously. Every year, and not just this one.
What does it mean to her that Zendaya is named best dressed? It’s recognition of the real work that she and Law do together to create a mood for whatever she comes up with, be it Euphoria or her a movie or the launch of a fashion line or an Emmy campaign or the transition from the adolescent stage of her career to her young adult stage and now to the stage of her boss. As he tells InStyle, fashion is also a form of expression; sometimes it’s a performance, sometimes it’s an extension of herself, sometimes it’s just an outlet for creative energy.
“I think red carpets have their own characters and narratives. We build a little story for all the looks. It’s like an extension of my acting career in a weird way – you just wear this wig or whatever. Clothes are sometimes very emotional so I can embody these different facets, maybe they are mine or maybe they are alter egos. But I can get to know these different women through clothes. “
That’s probably why the clothes fit him differently. He’s not just wearing them … he’s feeling them, as cheesy as that sounds. I mean, look at these pictures, it’s the use and the pose. And practice the pose! That’s work and it shows!
Can we talk about this eye makeup? I LOVE YOU.