In a new interview, Zendaya looked back on Giuliana Rancic’s offensive comments about her dreadlocks in 2015, and she explained why she still stands by the decision to defend herself. Let’s get into it! Longtime Zendaya fans remember she rocked this gorgeous look to the 2015 Academy Awards ceremony.
Along with her stunning white Vivienne Westwood gown, Zendaya donned some pearl earrings and wore her hair in dreadlocks. And while Zendaya looked stunning on the 2015 Oscars red carpet, fans might recall that then Fashion Police co-host Giuliana Rancic made a distasteful joke on air about Z’s hairstyle.
Giuliana said that Zendaya looks like she quote “smells like patchouli oil or weed.” At the time, Zendaya defended herself on Instagram, calling Giuliana’s stereotypical comments “outrageously offensive” and “ignorant slurs.
” She wrote quote, “There is already a harsh criticism of African-American hair in society without the help of ignorant people who choose to judge others based on the curl of their hair. My wearing my hair in locs on an Oscar carpet was to showcase them in a positive light and to remind people of color that our hair is good enough.
” In her post, Zendaya also went on and gave some recommendations for Giuliana to educate herself saying quote, “I suggest some people should listen to India Arie’s ‘I Am Not My Hair,’ and contemplate a little before opening your mouth so quickly to judge.
” And now, 6 years later, Zendaya opened up about her decision to stand up for herself in this moment, when she was just a teenager. In the new W Magazine, Zendaya spoke about her decision to speak up saying quote, “That’s how change happens.
And it made me think, ‘How could I always have a lasting impact on what people saw and associated with People of Color?’” At the time, Giuliana publicly apologized to Zendaya on both Twitter and in a video statement on E!’s YouTube channel.
And since then, Zendaya has continued to celebrate Black culture through her acting projects, fashion choices, and all of her work. She reflected on the theme of the W Magazine cover shoot that she starred in alongside her Malcolm and Marie co-star John David Washington.
Zendaya said quote, “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’s longtime stylist Law Roach also chimed in about the shoot saying quote, “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.” And we seriously couldn’t agree more with everything Z said. We love Zendaya for standing up for herself and for continuing to celebrate her culture.
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