Zendaya Coleman took to Instagram on Monday night to fire back at E! News’ Giuliana Rancic, who made some off-putting comments about the young star’s red carpet Academy Awards look.
The gorgeous actress stepped onto the carpet on Sunday night in a stunning cream, off the shoulder gown and wore her hair in a beautiful, yet unconventional style for the Academy Awards, locs. According to the young star, her look was inspired by the one and only, Lisa Bonet.
While critiquing the 18-year-old’s look, Rancic suggested that star looked like she smelled of patchouli oil or weed.
The comment led Coleman to write a lengthy, well articulated Instagram message where she referenced other well known stars, such as director Ava DuVernay, Grammy nominated singer/songwriter Ledisi, and author Terry McMillan who all have locs. “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,” the 18-year-old wrote. “My [me] wearing my hair in locs on an Oscar red carpet was to showcase them in a positive light, to remind people of color that our hair is good enough.”
She continued, “To me, locs are a symbol of strength and beauty, almost like a lion’s mane. 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.”
Giuliana later took to Twitter to apologize to the 18-year-old, writing:
“Dear @Zendaya, I’m sorry I offended you and others. I was referring to a bohemian chic look. Had NOTHING to do with race and NEVER would!!!”
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