It is very easy to be skeptical about a celebrity fashion project with a giant clothing brand. From the large budget and relentless branding to the thousands of people backstage, the whole thing can feel like a heart emoji replaced an actual heart.
On Saturday night in Paris, Zendaya presented her first #TOMMYNOW collection for Tommy Hilfiger, with enough soul to make the whole audience dance.
It turns out, the 22-year-old star was also skeptical at first!
“Tommy called me,” she said backstage in Paris before the show. “I didn’t really believe it [was him] at first. Tommy Hilfiger on the phone? And he said, ‘Look, if you do a show with me, you can have whatever you want and do whatever you want. Go nuts. If you have a vision, tell me, and we’ll execute it together.'” She laughed. “I really didn’t believe him.”
After some gentle persuasion from her creative partner/stylist Law Roach, she decided to give it a try. She told Hilfiger,
I want to make a show inspired by the women who made it possible for me to be in the position where I am now. Honestly, I just wanted to say “thank you” to them through this show.If we do a show, this is what it needs to be about.
Tommy said, ‘Great. Go for it.’ And he actually meant it!
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