Kerry Washington, Solange and Khloe Kardashian are just three of several celebrities who have reacted to this week’s controversial remarks made by E!’s Giuliana Rancic regarding Zendaya’s Academy Awards hairstyle.
Rancic suggested during Monday’s episode of Fashion Police that Zendaya’s locs worn to Sunday night’s awards show made her think it “smells like patchouli oil” or “weed.”
Zendaya took a stance and shamed Rancic for her off-putting comments and posted a lengthy Instagram message, stating that her comments were not only a “large stereotype” but “outrageously offensive.”
“There is already 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,” she wrote.
In response to Zendaya’s well articulated message, Kerry tweeted:
“Well done Beautiful. XO.”
Solange, who has also been subject to hair criticism, tweeted:
Actress Viola Davis even made sure to praise the young Disney star, writing:
“You are beauty personified. I celebrate you sis!”
Even Khloe Kardashian responded with this heartfelt message.
“@Zendaya you are a gorgeous, intelligent young lady! I love all that you represent! Keep empowering and shine bright!”
Followed by a quick apologetic tweet, Rancic delivered a more lengthy apology on E! News Tuesday night and expressed her deepest regrets.
“I want to address something that is weighing heavily on my heart,” Rancic said. “I want to apologize for a comment that I made on last night’s Fashion Police about Zendaya’s hair … I just want everyone to know I didn’t intend to hurt anybody, but I’ve learned it is not my intent that matters, it’s the results. And the result is people are offended including Zendaya.”
In response, Zendaya fired off another lengthy message accepting the host’s apology.
Lupita Nyong’o Slams Magazine For Editing Out Her Kinks & Coils
When will these magazines learn…
Lupita Nyong’o just checked Grazia UK for brazenly altering her hair to remove any trace of kink, coil or wave. The magazine had invited the stunning actress to grace the cover of their November issue, but when the photo hit the ‘net there was one thing missing … Nyong’o’s natural ponytail.
In a lengthy IG post, Lupita let’s them have it, stating in part, “Being featured on the cover of a magazine fulfills me as it is an opportunity to show other dark, kinky-haired people, and particularly our children, that they are beautiful just the way they are. I am disappointed that @graziauk invited me to be on their cover and then edited out and smoothed my hair to fit their notion of what beautiful hair looks like.”
Read the full post below:
As I have made clear so often in the past with every fiber of my being, I embrace my natural heritage and despite having grown up thinking light skin and straight, silky hair were the standards of beauty, I now know that my dark skin and kinky, coily hair are beautiful too. Being featured on the cover of a magazine fulfills me as it is an opportunity to show other dark, kinky-haired people, and particularly our children, that they are beautiful just the way they are. I am disappointed that @graziauk invited me to be on their cover and then edited out and smoothed my hair to fit their notion of what beautiful hair looks like. Had I been consulted, I would have explained that I cannot support or condone the omission of what is my native heritage with the intention that they appreciate that there is still a very long way to go to combat the unconscious prejudice against black women’s complexion, hair style and texture.
For their part, Grazia apologized, essentially blaming the photographer.
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