She fell in love with her friend Petra without realizing it and after declaring her love and being rejected, went to a doctor's office.There she met Aurora, from whom she would fall in love and with whom she lived an intense and exciting love story..
Her father, Kazembe Ajamu (born Samuel David Coleman), is African-American, from a family from Arkansas.
Her mother, Claire Marie (Stoermer), who is white, has German, Irish, English, and Scottish ancestry.
Her name, “Zendaya”, comes from the word “Tendai”/”Tendayi”, which means “to give thanks” in Shona, a South Western African language common in Zimbabwe and southern Zambia.
Unlike its sister pageants Miss Universe and Miss USA, which are broadcast on Fox, this pageant is webcast on the Miss Teen USA website and simulcast on Microsoft's Xbox Live service.
The pageant was first held in 1983 and has been broadcast live on CBS until 2002 and then on NBC from 2003–2007.