Zendaya is quickly becoming the style icon we all need - just ask Michael B. Jordan, who turned up to salute the actress for putting her own spin on a suit he rocked earlier in the year at New York Fashion Week.
If you’ve been watching HBO’s gritty new drama Euphoria recently, you’ll know that Zendaya has been wowing everyone with her portrayal of 17-year-old Rue, a recovering drug addict who’s fresh out of rehab, and her journey to rebuilding a life. The show, which has made waves for its graphic depictions of addiction, mental illness and domestic violence, couldn’t be far from the wholesome Disney shows which catapulted the actress to fame. But then Zendaya has never been afraid of pushing boundaries.
When she’s not taking on complex characters, or advocating for more diverse representation on screen, she’s also creating major fashion moments, wearing everything from structured jumpsuits to a fairytale Cinderella-inspired ballgown at the 2019 Met Gala.
While attending a New York Fashion Week party over the weekend, the Greatest Showman star proved exactly why she’s a millennial style muse with a sharp grey Berluti suit and tie that radiated confidence. As it turns out, it was the same suit that Michael B. Jordan had worn to the Vanity Fair Oscars party just months earlier in February.
Zendaya’s stylist of eight years, Law Roach, couldn’t resist posting a comparison of the two looks on Instagram. “Who you got Z or B????” he wrote on Instagram alongside a side-by-side photo of the two actors.
“When it comes to fashion, there’s nothing that Zendaya won’t try,” Roach recently told People. “After working with her for eight years, she keeps it new and fresh and exciting every single time.”
“Everything that she walks out of the house she loves, so no matter what the critics say, she loves it,” Roach added. “And that’s the most important thing, and that all comes from confidence.”
Roach wasn’t the only one singing Zendaya’s praises, though. When The Shade Room posted side-by-side photos of the pair and asked the internet to decide who wore it best, Michael B. Jordan turned up in the comments to show his appreciation.
“@Zendaya hands down,” the Black Panther star wrote in the comments section. “No contest.”
As many people have pointed out on Twitter, the question of “who wore it better” is way past its sell-by-date. We’re in 2019, and people should be free to wear exactly what they want, whether it’s slick tailoring or a fabulous dress and heels, as Queer Eye’s Jonathan van Ness is wont to do. And stars like Zendaya, who are breaking down gender norms with their outfit choices, are putting that into practice with bold gender-bending representation on the red carpet, the most powerful place of all to make a fashion statement. But most importantly, they’re inspiring to break the rules, and look damn fine doing it.