Zendaya, which means "to give thanks" in the language of Shona, was born in Oakland, California. She now lives in Los Angeles, California with her family and her dog, named "Midnight". She was a part of the California Shakespearian Theatre, where her mom worked as a House Manager. She would help out in the theatre and even got to do many plays after. Zendaya started her career as a fashion model for stores, such as Macy's, Old Navy, Sears, and Mervyn's. She is now on the show, Shake It Up (2010), which also includes Bella Thorne, Kenton Duty and Roshon Fegan.