Malcom & Marie stars Zendaya and John David Washington take the cover story of W Magazine‘s March 2021 edition lensed by fashion photographer Nadine Ijewere. In charge of styling were Law Roach and Samantha McMillen. Beauty is work of (for Zendaya) hair stylist Kim Kimble at A-Frame; makeup artist Sheika Daley at Six K LA, manicurist Chaun Peth at the Only Agency, and (for Washington) groomer Yvette Shelton. Set design by Heath Mattioli at Frank Reps.
That’s the mood I want. That life, but reimagined for now, with the look of then. Doing a Slim Aarons shoot, but with Black actors. The visuals matter. The way change happens is when people can see wealth and grandeur in a way that they are not used to seeing it. Two Black actors in this setting seems like rewriting history in an elegant manner, like kind of an Old Hollywood that we wished existed. It’s almost like righting a wrong. – Zendaya
I didn’t know Zendaya, and I hadn’t seen her in anything but Euphoria. When we met, we instantly connected. She was wearing her hoodie and glasses and no makeup. She struck me instantly as a quiet, powerful force. – John David Washington
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