Every once in a while, a young star comes along who stops you in your tracks and astounds the hell out of you with the things they’ve accomplished. For us, that person is Zendaya.
The singer, actress, dancer, fashionista and pro Instagrammer has proven time and time again that she’s an upstanding role model. Take, for instance, the time she expertly defended her parents against a mean troll. Or the time she admirably criticized “Fashion Police” for its controversial comments about her hair. And the most amazing part of it all? She’s not even out of her teens yet.
Zendaya turns 19 on Tuesday (Sep. 1), and she’s celebrating her big day by asking people to donate to an amazing cause. Z travelled to Africa in July with UNAIDS Foundation and while she was there, she met a family of three young boys whose parents had died from AIDS within the span of two years. Now, she’s set up a CrowdRise campaign to raise funds for them — and to help make her selfless birthday wish come true.
“They currently live in a temporary settlement, and with your support, I’m determined to move them into a safe home and hopefully help others just like them,” Zendaya wrote on her fundraising page. “Every dollar you donate will go directly to this cause. I can't do it alone, but I believe that together we can truly change their lives.”
This isn’t the first time Zendaya’s wowed us with her generosity. Last year, for her 18th birthday, she raised thousands of dollars through feedONE for hungry children.
Talented, beautiful AND generous? We'd say Zendaya is definitely worth celebrating today. Find out more about her CrowdRise campaign here.