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Zendaya is the New Face of Madonna’s ‘Material Girl’

Zendaya Coleman is definitely on top of the world right now. After winning her role as Aaliyah in an upcoming Lifetime biopic (despite the controversy around it), the Disney star has another big gig as the new face of Madonna‘s “Material Girl” teenage fashion brand!

The singer is the next face of the brand, taking the spot of Rita Ora, and joining the ranks of former material girls Taylor Momsen and Georgia May Jagger. Zendaya recently shot ads for the  brand’s fall campaign, playfully smiling and posing on the Coney Island boardwalk in Brooklyn.

“Zendaya exudes a confident, free spirit. We love having her as the new face of Material Girl,” Madonna said in a press release. Madonna’s daughter, Lourdes Leon, also a collaborator behind the brand, is also a huge supporter of the teenage singer. “I love how Zendaya makes her own style rules to fit her personality — that’s who Material Girl is all about, being yourself to the fullest,” she added.

Zendaya, of course, was thrilled that she was picked by the “dynamic mother/daughter duo,” and gave a shoutout to the brand and the Material Girl herself saying in a press release of her own, “Material Girl embraces having fun with fashion and being confident in your own skin… and who does that better than Madonna?”

Well good for her! Zendaya is a very pretty girl and is definitely perfect to be the face of the brand. She’s in the demographic, she’s cute, and she’s fun! Plus, she has a huge following, so it’s definitely smart of the brand to add her on. Now Disney fans may just want to buy more of these clothes!

Image via Material Girl

Fans Start Online Petition to Stop Aaliyah Biopic

There are some Aaliyah fans out there are outraged at the idea of a biopic in honor of the late singer without the family’s consent. After singer/actress Zendaya Coleman confirmed that she would be playing Aaliyah in an upcoming Lifetime movie about the singer’s life, the Internet was ablaze with commentary, both good and bad. However, now an petition has made its way online to try to stop the film completely!

The petition, posted just two days ago, has close to 1,500 signatures. It reads:

 “This petition is to stop the making of this Aaliyah biopic. It’s wrong that Aaliyah’s mother or brother didn’t have a say so in this movie that is being made. The fans didn’t get a say so and neither did any of Aaliyah’s friends. As her fans, we’re going to do anything in our power to stop this movie. Little do we know, this is hurting Mrs. Haughton and Rashad. They’re about to make something that didn’t even get approved from her family. That is beyond disrespectful. If you agree that this movie shouldn’t be made, you need to vote. If you really respect Aaliyah, you have to respect her mother and her brothers wishes. It’s only right. It was Aaliyah’s life. And they’re taking it too far now. We need to put a stop to this!”

Twinkie Byrd, the film’s casting director, came to Zendaya’s defense in a statement:

 “Zendaya embodies everything you want in a Actress to play Aaliyah. She is a Poised, Professional, STRONG Actress (studied at California Shakespeare Theater and American Conservatory Theater). A Triple Threat Actor, Singer Dancer. She LOVES AALIYAH and will do a Wonderful Job! She is of mixed ethnicity. Her name is Bantu (Zimbabwe) meaning ‘To Give Thanks.'”

 

Zendaya herself was incredibly excited about the opportunity to play Aaliyah in this movie, regardless of the naysayers. She tweeted:

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TMZ has reported that the Haughton family is incredibly angry, saying that Lifetime did not contact them regarding the biopic, and they will do everything that they can to block any use of Aaliyah’s music, and, ultimately, the release of the film.

DRAMA! It’s no secret that that the Haughtons were against a TV film for Aaliyah.  I do think that it was wrong if Lifetime has not reach out to them for consult or support. However, I will be watching when it comes out. I need to see if Zendaya has the talent to pull this off!

Image via That Grape Juice