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Zendaya is Red Hot in CFDA Awards Look

Here’s everything the 25-year-old does to stay in shape

Need a little abs-spiration? Zendaya hit the red carpet of the 2021 CFDA Awards on Wednesday, exposing her entire midriff in a ravishing red bandeau top and matching skirt from Vera Wang. The 25-year-old starlet, who was there to collect the coveted Icon Award, has a surprisingly relaxed approach to health and wellness. Read on to see 7 ways Zendaya stays in shape and the photos that prove they work—and to get beach-ready yourself, don't miss these essential 30 Best-Ever Celebrity Bathing Suit Photos!


She Eats to Fuel Her Body

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Zendaya views food as necessary fuel. "At some point my assistant will try to force me to eat something. I've never been a breakfast person. I love breakfast food, just not at breakfast time. I'll eat breakfast food, but it must have some Nutella on it: pancakes, berries, and Nutella. If I don't have a lot of time, I'll just eat and focus on getting dressed," she told Harper's Bazaar.


She Loves Carbs

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Zendaya is a big fan of carbs, especially when needs a quick meal. "It's bad but because I work so much, sometimes I forget to eat. I snack throughout the day, though, especially if I'm on set where there is craft service," she explained to Harper's Bazaar. "My go-to is a cup of noodles with hot sauce. I know it's bad for me. People are like, "Zendaya, it's high in sodium!" but it's what I want to eat." 


She Isn't a Fan of Water

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"I don't drink coffee; it doesn't do anything for me. I don't drink energy drinks or soda, either. And I hate water," she told Harper's Bazaar. "I'm a juice drinker but not fancy-people juice. Like Tropicana or lemonade—not fancy."


She Avoids Cooking

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"I don't cook. I think I could cook—I can do anything I put my mind to, so I could cook. I just (a) don't like following directions, and I'm (b) too lazy," Zendaya told Harper's Bazaar. Instead, she opts to order cooked meals and have them delivered. 


She Eats Anything She Wants

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"I can have anything I want; that's the beauty of ordering food. If I'm having my favorite meal, I'll just skip right to ice cream. In fact, I get in trouble with my assistant a lot—he says I shouldn't do that. I usually try to ask everyone in the house what they want, but the final decision is mine. If I want Chick-fil-A, you guys are going to have Chick-fil-A. I will order something for you, but it will be from where I want," she dished to Harper's Bazaar. 


She Doesn't Enjoy Exercise

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"I don't enjoy working out," Zendaya revealed during GQ interview's "Actually Me" segment. "I tried in quarantine." 


She Prefers Outdoor Activities

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"I figured that I should do more physical activity," Zendaya told Steven Colbert about why she decided to engage in active outdoor activities during the pandemic. "I was like, 'I need to start getting my blood pumping. I need to be outside more. I can't just stay inside and not do anything all day.'"


Mental Health Is a Priority for Her

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Zendaya explained to British Vogue that she prioritizes her mental health. "Of course I go to therapy. I mean, if anybody is able to possess the financial means to go to therapy, I would recommend they do that. I think it's a beautiful thing," she said. "There's nothing wrong with working on yourself and dealing with those things with someone who can help you, someone who can talk to you, who's not your mom or whatever. Who has no bias."

Leah Groth
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