Zendaya is one of many designers breaking the clothing gender norms, and she’s doing it for personal and societal reasons.

In an adorable Q&A for Glamour, Zendaya and Black-ish star Yara Shahidi discussed her clothing line Daya by Zendaya and why it was so important to keep it gender-neutral.

Zendaya told Yara,

“It’s the future of fashion, right? I was lucky to have parents who let me wear what I wanted to wear and let me shop where I wanted to shop. Nine times out of 10 I was shopping in the boys’ section. I wore cargo shorts and hoodies. That was my uniform. And it’s different being a girl. We can wear guys’ clothes, but the second a guy wears girls’ clothes, it’s like…”

Which Yara finished with, “What is he doing?”

But the inspiration for her gender-neutral line came from experiences other than her own. She said,

“My sister is a thicker woman. She just had a baby; she’s got hips, a booty popping in these streets. Why should she have to go to a different section to get clothes?”

For Zendaya’s sister and some many others, gender normative clothing can be restrictive and frankly pointless. Daya by Zendaya tries to address that and offers a completely gender-neutral, size-inclusive clothing line with prices as great as $8.


Anne Catherine Demere is an intern with Femestella. She is almost too passionate about pop culture and the entertainment industry and she loves to write about it. One of her favorite things is when feminism and pop culture overlap. She's either starting a new TV show or in class, there's no in between. And those two rarely coincide.
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