InStyle’s September issue with Zendaya is the first time the magazine has ever exclusively featured Black designers.
The actress surrounded herself with a team of Black creatives for the InStyle photoshoot, including longtime stylist Law Roach and photography duo Ahmad Barber and Donté Maurice. The spread features looks by Aliétte, Christopher John Rogers, Cushnie, Hanifa and more.
The subscriber edition shows Zendaya in a pleated, open-back color-blocked Hanifa dress below.
Inside the issue, she’s seen in a gown by Christopher John Rogers that could and should take up a room with its dramatic declaration of fabulousness;
Werrrk! Coleman’s skirt dramatically billowed in the wind while wearing a Christopher John Rogers FW/20 ‘Zinnia’ plaid gown selected by her ‘Image Architect’ Law Roach
“Look at the magic we can create when someone gives us the opportunity. “You allowed me, a Black stylist, to creative direct an editorial with my beautiful Black muse Zendaya, and feature clothing from all Black designers, shoes from all Black shoe designers, jewels from all Black jewelry designers, we feature Black art from Black artists,” Roach wrote on his personal Instagram.
‘There are so many things that can take you down emotionally…I’m grateful for my health and for the fact that I can quarantine safely’ says Zendaya
As well as designs by Romeo Hunte, Thebe Magugu, and Victor Glemaud.
Speaking to Patrisse Cullors, the cofounder of the Black Lives Matter movement, Zendaya said: “I’ve always had a Black stylist and Black hair and makeup artists, but we were able to work with two talented young Black photographers on this shoot too.”
The “Euphoria” star added that she hopes the September issue will encourage people to buy from Black designers.
“I hope people are like, ‘Oh, I like that dress!’ and then go support them,” she said.