Positive Meaning of Zendaya’s Name in African Language of Shona

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Zendaya hit the stage to accept the awards for Female Movie Star of 2019 for her work in Spider-Man: Far From Home and Drama TV Star of the Year for her work on HBO’s hit series Euphoria at the 2019 E! People’s Choice Awards on Sunday at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California.

Zendaya was honored with prestigious awards at the 2019 E! People’s Choice AwardsZendaya was honored with prestigious awards at the 2019 E! People’s Choice Awards at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California, on November 10, 2019

“Thank you to all of you for receiving it with open hearts and to anyone who has felt seen by our show on behalf of cast, crew and everyone, that’s all we really want thank you for allowing us to do that it’s amazing thank you,” she told the fans.

Zendaya's name means To Give Thanks and is of African originZendaya’s name means To Give Thanks and is of African origin

The 23-year-old actress, whose name means “to give thanks” in the African language of Shona, flashed her midriff in an angled neckline strap Christopher Esber dress with crystal ties that extend to wraps around the torso to attach to a gathered cocoon skirt with a center-back vent split.

Widely spoken in Zimbabwe, Zambia, Mozambique, and Botswana, Shona is a Bantu language of the Shona people, an ethnic group native to Southern Africa. Zendaya’s father, Kazembe Ajamu Coleman, is of Nigerian, Macedonian, and Icelandic ancestry. While born as Samuel David Coleman, he changed his name to “reclaim his heritage.”

Zendaya wears Christopher Esber's crystal tie cocoon dressZendaya wears Christopher Esber’s crystal tie cocoon dress

Wearing her hair in an effortless topknot, she completed her look with Nadine Jewellery diamond studs, a matching diamond ring, and black patent Christian Louboutin pointy-toe pumps that you can buy at Nordstrom.

Christopher Esber Crystal Tie Cocoon Dress, $2,385 at Moda Operandi

Christopher Esber Crystal Tie Cocoon Dress

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