Zendaya trades a pink ballgown for a tennis ball dress at ‘Challengers’ Los Angeles premiere

Ballgown in the streets, tennis in the theater.

Zendaya showed off two wildly different looks at the Los Angeles premiere of her new movie, “Challengers,” on Tuesday, changing from a princess-like ballgown into a sleek tennis ball-themed dress.

The “Dune: Part Two” star, 27, hit the red carpet in a custom Vera Wang Haute creation, showing off a lingerie-inspired design featuring a black lace bustier with garters hanging from the top and a pale pink satin skirt.

Her voluminous ballgown was the first time she’s gone with a non-tennis-inspired outfit on the press tour. FilmMagic
She posed with co-stars Josh O’Connor and Mike Faist on the red carpet. FilmMagic
The former Disney star looked like a princess in her Vera Wang dress. Getty Images for Amazon MGM Studios
Zendaya went for a more on-the-nose look inside the theater. Getty Images for Amazon MGM Studios

Her skirt’s split design showed off a black tulle petticoat underneath, with the gown trailing off in a dramatic train.

Zendaya — who plays a tennis coach who ends up in a love triangle with her husband and an ex-boyfriend in the film — wore her hair in a neat updo, accessorizing with huge diamond studs to let her lacy gown do the talking.

The look marked a massive departure from the rest of her tennis-themed press tour ensembles, and many fans took to social media to wonder what was going on with her wardrobe.

Zendaya took the mic alongside co-star Mike Faist. Getty Images for Amazon MGM Studios
Her gown featured a high slit. Getty Images for Amazon MGM Studios
The actress partied at Funke in Beverly Hills after the premiere. Getty Images for Amazon MGM Studios

“Where’s the themed dressing go? Seems odd to be SO deep in it then just drop it?” one Instagram user commented on Check the Tag’s Instagram post.

However, the “Greatest Showman” star stuck to the familiar once inside the Regency Village Theatre, changing into a plunging gown in the same bright green hue as a tennis ball.

The custom Celia Kritharioti look — which dropped all the way down to her navel, past her belly button — included a halter neckline with ruched detail and was accented at the waist with a real tennis ball that had been sliced in half.


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She wore a sparkling green gown with a tennis player on the front at the Sydney premiere. Getty Images
The star wore a pleated dress with tennis ball heels in Rome. WireImage

She paired the neon look with a pair of nude pumps, joining her co-stars Mike Faist and Josh O’Connor at the front of the theater as they chatted about the film, which hits screens on April 26.

This is the second time the “Spider-Man: Homecoming” star has used a tennis ball on her outfit; she also wore custom Loewe pumps with a ball spiked through the heels during a “Challengers” photocall in Rome.

Watch this space for her next winning look as the movie’s press tour continues.