A round of applause please for Zendaya, who stepped out at the Critics’ Choice Awards bringing a dose of statement fashion to the red carpet. The nominee wore a fuchsia Tom Ford breastplate with a matching skirt for the ceremony. She accessorized with Mateo New York earrings, Djula rings, and Christian Louboutin heels. This is her first red carpet of 2020 award season, and she killed it. If Rue went to an award show, she’d wear this.
This is a significant night for the Euphoria actress. Zendaya is nominated for her work as Rue in the Best Actress in a Drama Series category. She’s up against Christine Baranski (The Good Fight), Olivia Colman (The Crown), Jodie Comer (Killing Eve), Nicole Kidman (Big Little Lies), Regina King (Watchmen), Mj Rodriguez (Pose), and Sarah Snook (Succession).
Zendaya has touched on how much playing Rue, a teen drug addict freshly out of rehab, has changed her. In ELLE‘s November 2019 issue, the actress explained that “I think Euphoria taught me a lot about myself. It made me more confident in my own abilities, because I doubted myself a lot.” Before the show, she admitted, she didn’t have any work that pushed her or allowed her to be creative.
“I was looking for something to prove I can do it,” she continued. “Euphoria served as that, in the healthiest way. I never want to plateau as an actress—I always want to be able to explore and push myself. [Being an actress] brings me to places and makes me do things I’d probably never do because I’m such an introverted person.”