Yesterday it was announced that Zendaya will be starring in Lifetime's upcoming Aaliyah biopic (!!!), which is all sorts of brilliant because (a) Z's basically been acting since she was born and will surely do the part justice, and (b) the ink hasn't even dried on her contract, but she's *already* nailing Aaliyah's style.
The 17-year-old Disney actress has been taking style cues from the R&B legend for years, which is saying a lot because, well, she's 17. Zendaya does a ton of paying homage to the late great Miss Haughton on Instagram (see what I mean?!), and she even dressed up as her for Halloween last year in an incredibly enviable '90s-era Tommy Hilfiger getup.
So, check out our favorite times she's channeled the Age Ain't Nothing But a Number icon.
RETRO TOMMY HILFIGER
Whoa. We were expecting some memorable looks from the 2014 MTV Movie Awards—there are always a few—but what we weren't expecting was for all our faves to look so ***flawless. Lots of colors, dresses with pockets, and robes (JK, there was only one of those) that we luhhhve. Below are the ladies we thought totally nailed it—check 'em out!
LUPITA NYONG'O IN CHANEL
Lupita Nyong'o at the 2014 MTV Movie Awards.
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We've long praised Lupita Nyong'o for her love of color and wearing every shade of the rainbow during awards season, so we were thrilled when we saw that tonight she was wearing all of them, at the same time. It's official: Lupita can wear any and all colors and look amazing. We bow down.
Rita Ora, Hailee Steinfeld, and Zendaya at New York Fashion Week.
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As you may have concluded from our coverage over the weekend, New York Fashion Week marched along on Saturday and Sunday. It's Fashion Week, as in seven days, and not just the work week of regular ol' Joes. There were a ton of shows over the weekend, including DKNY, Christian Siriano, and Diane von Furstenberg, so celeb sightings were at an all-time high.
A still from Zendaya's 'My Baby' video.
Photo: Hollywood Records
In her new music video for the infectious "My Baby," Zendaya takes a break from her epic dance moves to show off her more relaxed, casually-bouncing-to-the-beat side. But just because the choreography is absent doesn't mean her fashion swagger ever strays too far. In fact, her outfits and accessories are giving us MAJOR flashbacks to the '90s hip-hop scene. We're talking sportswear, crazy-colored lipsticks, and chokers. Oh, how we've missed them!
Naya Rivera, Zendaya, and Paris Hilton in their Halloween costumes.
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One confusing thing about Halloween falling on a Thursday is that no one knows when to celebrate. One good thing is that people celebrate the weekend before, the day of, and the weekend after. Hello, week of costumes, we're ready for you. A slew of celebs put on their first costumes of 2013 (LBR, there's no way Paris Hilton isn't dressing up again) this past weekend, so obvi, there are plenty of photos to peep (and copy). Hey, some celebs are clever!