Guiliana Rancic has shaken the tables and Zendaya has responded!
Zendaya Coleman just might be your next fave-in-training.
Last night during Fashion Police, E! host Guiliana Rancic had more than just a few words for 18 year old Zendaya Coleman’s Oscar look. If you missed it, Zendaya arrived on the red carpet for Sunday’s Academy Awards rocking yet another fabulous fit and hair style, this time channelling her inner Lisa Bonet and opting for a head full of faux dreadlocks. During the popular E! fashion review and recap, famed host Guiliana gave her wayward opinion of Zendaya’s choice of hair.
“I love Zendaya’s style and I loved when she has the little hair. I think- she just had it. She’s just such a tiny frame that this hair to me just overwhelms her. I feel like she smells like patchouli oil and weed.”
Naturally the remarks didn’t sit too well with the young actress (and most of Black America, period) who has made it very clear in the past that she comes from a long lineage of African culture and influence, with her name alone meaning ‘to give thanks’ in the Shona language.
The former Disney child star took to her Instgram to give a grown woman read. Zendaya said:
“There is a fine line between what is funny and disrespectful,” she said. “Not because I was relishing in rave outfit reviews, but because I was hit with ignorant slurs and pure disrespect. To say than an 18-year-old young woman with locs must smell of patchouli oil or ‘weed’ is not only a large stereotype but outrageously offensive.
“I’ll have you know that my father, brother, best childhood friend and little cousins all have locs. Do you want to know what Ava DuVernay (director of the Oscar nominated film Selma), Ledisi (9 time Grammy nominated singer/songwriter and actress), Terry McMilan (author) [and] Vincent Brown (Professor of African and African American studies at Harvard University) have in common? Locs. None of which smell of marijuana.
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. My wearing my in locs on an Oscar red carpet was to showcase them in a positive light, to remind people of colour that our hair is good enough.
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.Zendaya then directed the mother-of-one to singer Indiana Irie’s self-appreciation track, I Am Not My Hair and “contemplate a little before opening your mouth so quickly to judge.’
Prior, Zendaya’s stylist, who she credits as one of the two people who helped inspire her look, took to his Instagram before that to address some of the flack his client had been receiving earlier on social media, before Fashion Police even aired.
As I navigated thru the sea of negative comments from bloggers other “stylists” and IG boutique owners I came across this! I’m proud of this look not only because it sparked conversations about style, but also conversations about race, beauty, and what is “appropriate”. I thank my Zendaya for being so brave! Now more little girls with hair like this can see themselves walking the red carpet at the Oscars. Thank you Vogue, once again the people who are supposed to get it….. Got it!!! #styledbyme #fLAWless #zendaya#oscar2015
After being dragged for filth in her comments, the 40 year old fashion reporter had little left to say but offered up her apologies nonetheless.
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!!!
We don’t know about Guiliana’s plea but Zendaya’s response though.. Yes, girl.
Check out the clip of Guiliana’s comment below:
What are your thoughts? Are we buying Guiliana’s ‘Bohemian” excuse enough?