Euphoria star, Zendaya was honored with a special award at the 26th Annual Critics’ Choice Awards on Sunday night.
Zendaya was presented with the SeeHer Award which recognizes a woman who embodies the values set by the SeeHer movement, advocating for accurate portrayals of women and girls in advertising and media.
The ceremony took place virtually, Zendaya’s Malcolm & Marie co-star John David Washington presented her with the award. The past four recipients of the award are Kristen Bell, Viola Davis, Claire Foy and Gal Gadot.
“This means so much to me,” she said during her thank-yous. “I think as I was thinking of things to say, the only real thing I can think of is gratitude. This word kind of keeps coming to my mind, especially with the year everyone has had. To continue to be grateful for every single moment, big and small. To be grateful for the people in our world and in our life that make the work we do possible. To continue to make sure we hold onto our loved ones a little bit tighter, and make sure we call them, acknowledge them, tell them we love them. And take in moments like this.”
“I would absolutely not be here if it weren’t for the incredible women that have paved the way for me to be here,” added Zendaya. “So also, I’m extremely grateful for those women. This is very, very special. Thank you so, so much, and — not to overuse the word, but — I am incredibly grateful for this moment.”
During the ceremony Zendaya was also recognized for her performance in Netflix’s Malcom & Marie.
In a statement ahead of the show, SeeHer president Nadine Karp McHugh explained why Zendaya was the perfect recipient for the honor.
“We are so proud to be a part of the Critics’ Choice Awards, and celebrating our fifth SeeHer Award,” said Karp McHugh. “We are delighted to be presenting the award to Zendaya, who is such a strong representation of what it means to be a woman in 2021. … She is showing the next generation that you are never too young to use your voice to make a difference. Inspiring girls everywhere to see themselves in their full potential, Zendaya represents everything SeeHer is.”
The 26th Annual Critics’ Choice Awards aired live on The CW from Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, CA on Sunday, March 7.