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Zendaya and John David Washington Star W Magazine’s April 2021 cover

Zendaya and John David Washington Star in Their Place in the Sun In a photo shoot inspired by the work of Slim Aarons, the Malcom & Marie stars bring high-wattage energy to old-school glamour.

W Magazine’s April 2021 cover is an homage to high society and movie star glamour—and couldn’t we all use a bit of that flair and escapism right now? This time around, the covergirl (and guy) are “Malcolm and Marie” co-stars Zendaya and John David Washington. In a profile by Lynn Hirschberg, the duo discuss their time filming the black-and-white drama during quarantine last year, as well as Zendaya’s outspokenness against Black stereotypes and racism and Washington’s switch from football to film. The Slim Aarons-inspired editorial, shot by Nadine Ijewere, pays homage to 1950s high society maven C.Z. Guest, with a modern update courtesy of the actors. Styled by both Law Roach and Samantha McMillen, Zendaya and Washington stun in an array of pieces by Valentino, Gucci, Carolina Herrera, Bulgari, and more. Washington on meeting Zendaya for the first time: “I didn’t know Zendaya and I hadn’t seen her in anything but Euphoria. When we met, we instantly connected. She was wearing her hoodie and glasses and no makeup. She struck me instantly as a quiet, powerful force.”

Courtsey Photo W Magazine Photographed by Nadine Ijewere

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