Zendaya was recognized with the Visionary Award at Saturday’s (October 10, 2020) Green Carpet Fashion Awards – which were held virtually for the first time amid the pandemic.
The event, which celebrates inclusive, ethical, and sustainable approaches in the fashion industry, was broadcast on YouTube and held in conjunction with Shanghai Fashion Week.
In a statement, Green Carpet co-founder and Italian filmmaker Livia Firth said of Zendaya’s prize: “By working with and championing trailblazing within the Black community, she is a leading example for younger generations and beyond, and this is why we are honoring Zendaya with The GCFA Visionary Award.”
“It’s an incredible honor and means the world to me,” added the Spider-Man: Far From Home actress.
“Throughout my career I have had the privilege of being able to showcase other different types of beauties.
“Through the work that I get to do, creating more positions of power, more creative positions and I hope to continue to be able to do that, until this industry really does reflect the beauty that I see every day.”
Actor Robert Downey, Jr. also took part in the event, presenting the opening and closing of the YouTube broadcast. He virtually attended the event with his wife, producer Susan Downey, in Armani.
Cate Blanchett, Iris Law, Olivia Palermo, Colin Firth, Alisha Wainwright, Lewis Hamilton, Ellie Goulding, and Alexa Chung were among the stars who also walked the Digital Green Carpet for the awards.