At the age of 25, Zendaya is set to make history as the youngest ever recipient of CFDA’s Fashion Icon award at the CFDA Fashion Awards. On November 10, the Euphoria actor will be presented the award by the Council of Fashion Designers of America, recognizing her impactful sartorial statements over the years. Since rising to fame, Zendaya has served many stunning fashion moments, with a record of supporting both emerging and established designers. With this award, the Dune star will join David Bowie, Beyoncé, Pharrell, Jennifer Lopez, and Rihanna who have previously received the award.
The CFDA also revealed that actor Anya Taylor-Joy will be receiving the first-ever Face of the Year Award. With film and television credits that include The Queen’s Gambit, and One Night in Soho, Taylor-Joy has become the face of modern-day vintage Hollywood beauty, especially since her appearance at this year’s Venice Film Festival.
Photo: Instagram/@anyataylorjoyThe Model Alliance will also be honored for its work to continuously support and advocate the rights of models and garment workers. Founded by American model and labor activist Sara Ziff, the organization is tackling issues including sexual harassment and financial exploitation, while working on recognizing models with equal rights. “Hopefully with this recognition from the CFDA, we’re moving towards a reckoning that models are not just pretty faces—we are workers deserving of rights and protections, and we want to use our visibility to inject a labor consciousness into the industry at large,” Ziff said to Vogue.
The Council of Fashion Designers of America is a non-profit trade association founded in 1962 by publicist Eleanor Lambert. Making a grand return this year after being held on pause by the Covid-19 pandemic, it will award designers like Dapper Dan, Aurora James, and journalists like Nina Garcia for their positive global impact on the fashion industry.
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