Actress and activist Zendaya will be presented with the fifth annual SeeHer Award at the upcoming Critics Choice Awards ceremony, honoring her role in bolstering the role of women in the entertainment industry.
The SeeHer Award honors a woman who works “to push boundaries, defy stereotypes and acknowledge the importance of authentic portrayals of women across the entertainment landscape,” according to the Critics Choice Association.
“We are delighted to be presenting the award to Zendaya, who is such a strong representation of what it means to be a woman in 2021,” said Nadine Karp McHugh, president of SeeHer, which sponsors the award. “One of the busiest rising stars in Hollywood — with a generation of Disney Channel fans, Marvel devotees and `Euphoria’ evangelists — she is a role model and leading voice of her generation. From being the youngest actress to win an Emmy for outstanding lead actress in a drama series to using her platform to advocate for Black women in Hollywood, she is showing the next generation that you are never too young to use your voice to make a difference. Inspiring girls everywhere to see themselves in their full potential, Zendaya represents everything SeeHer is.”
Previous recipients of the award are Kristen Bell, Viola Davis, Claire Foy and Gal Gadot.
Zendaya is nominated for a best actress Critics Choice Award this year for her role in the drama film “Malcolm & Marie.” She previously appeared on the Disney Channel series “Shake It Up” and “K.C. Undercover,” before appearing in the films “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” “Spider-Man: Far From Home” and “The Greatest Showman.” She also starred in HBO’s “Euphoria.”
She will be presented with the SeeHer award by her “Malcolm & Marie” co-star, John David Washington, during the Critics Choice Awards on March 7.