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Zendaya made history at the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday night by becoming the youngest person ever to win the Emmy for outstanding lead actress in a drama series.
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the awards ceremony was held virtually this year.
Zendaya nabbed the award for her performance as recovering drug addict Rue Bennett in the HBO series, Euphoria.
“Thank you to all of the other incredible women in this category,” Zendaya said. “I admire you so much.”
Euphoria received six nominations this year and has been renewed for a second season.
“I know this feels like a really weird time to be celebrating,” she said at the virtual ceremony. “But I just want to say there is hope in the young people out there – I know that our TV show doesn’t always feel like a great example of that – but there is hope in our young people and I just want to say to all my peers out there doing the work in the streets, ‘I see you, I admire you, I thank you.'”
17-year-old Rue, leaves rehab and the series focuses on her battle to remain sober as well as her relationships with her high school friends.
“For me, I’ve always been very grateful for all the people who connect to Rue or feel that, through the show, they are able to attach words or find themselves within a scene or a moment where they otherwise felt alone . To have that feeling that there are people that feel what [Rue] feels is huge and very important… She’s very important to me,” she shared following the awards ceremony.