Zendaya turned heads at a London photo call for Spider-Man: Far From Home when she debuted a brand new dye job: Her normally dark-colored strands were a hue of blood orange-red. And no, it’s not a wig—she confirmed that it is in fact a semi-permanent dye:
The actress claims the new look is an homage to none other than a character in Spider-Man, MJ aka Mary Jane Watson—Spider Man’s love interest in the original comics who famously had red hair.
MJ is not to be confused with Zendaya’s character, Michelle (who also goes by the nickname MJ) and does not have red hair. You might recall Kirsten Dunst played this role back in the 2002 movie:
The new hair color caused a bit of a frenzy among her fans, who’ve closely been watching rumors that Zendaya May be playing Ariel in a live-action remake of Disney’s The Little Mermaid. “I loved The Little Mermaid,” Zendaya to People when rumors surfaced in September 2018. “It is honestly one of my favorite movies of all time. I was obsessed with it when I was a little kid…it’s just a rumor so we will see.” She reiterated this statement on Twitter, responding to a tweet on June 15 claiming she’s in the running for the role.
“Although flattering this is and always has been a rumor lol,” she wrote.
Rumors aside, Zendaya was totally working the new color at the photo call. Exhibit A: This hair flip!
This isn’t the first time she experimented with a red hair color. At the Met Gala 2018, she wore a red bob wig styled by Ursula Stephen as part of her Joan of Arc ensemble.