Fashion is the highlight of awards season as every celebrity fights to win the title of “Best Dressed.” Singer and Disney Channel star Zendaya, slammed Fashion Police host Giuliana Rancic following controversial comments made about her look during the Academy Awards.
Zendaya hit the red carpet on Sunday rocking long, flowing dreadlocks! Most fans considered the bold look to be one of the highlights of the Oscars red carpet but E!’s Giuliana Rancic thought otherwise.
On Monday’s Fashion Police, Giuliana made a comment concerning Zendaya’s look:
“I feel that she smelled like patchouli oil…or weed,” said Rancic.
The comments were not taken well by the young singer/actress, who later posted her feelings on Instagram, criticizing what she called “Ignorant Slurs”.
“To say that an 18 year old young woman with locs must smell of Patchouli oil or ‘weed’ is not only a large stereotype but outrageously offensive,” said Zendaya.
She then continued her lengthy post, by listing a number of celebrated, credible and respected African-American celebrities who also wear dreadlocks.
“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,” she continued. “My 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.”
Rancic took to Twitter later that evening to express the true intentions of her remarks.
“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!!!”
Zendaya might have forgiven Rancic for her comments, but fans (including myself) did not — taking to twitter to voice our opinions on the incident.
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