Zendaya Coleman's Oscar Dreadlocks
There has been a great deal of discussion in reference to Zendaya Coleman's Oscar Dreadlocks. The beautiful and talented Zendaya graced the red carpet of the Oscars wearing an off white, off-the-shoulder, Vivienne Westwood gown and long dreadlocks. The 18 year old looked absolutely stunning! Unfortunately Guiliana Rancic did not approve of Zendaya's choice to wear the dreadlocks hair style. During her E! Fashion Police Academy Award Special, she remarked that the 18 year old "smells like patchouli oil… or maybe weed.” In a graceful response, Zendaya, made her dissatisfaction known by stating on Instagram:
There is a fine line between what is funny and dispectful. Someone said something about my hair at the Oscars that left me in awe. Not because I was relishing in rave outfit reviews, but because I was hit with ignorant slurs and pure disrespect. 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. I don’t usually feel the need to respond to negative things but certain remarks cannot go unchecked. I'll have you know my father, brother, best childhood friend and little cousins all have loss. 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 McMillan (author), Vincent Brown (Professor of African and African American Studies at Harvard University), Heather Andrea Williams (Historian who also possesses a JD from Harvard University, and an MA and PhD from Yale University) as well as many other men, women, and children of all races have in common? Locs. None of which smell like 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 hair in loss on an Oscar red carpet was to showcase them in a positive light, to remind people of color that our hair is good enough. To me loss 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.
I truly commend Zendaya, for not allowing this level of disrespect go without being acknowledged. What are your thoughts on Rancic's remark? Do you think this remark would have been made if Zendaya was of another race? Do you think this was race related or pure ignorance? Share your thoughts below.
In other news…..Here is a video of Zendaya dancing and singing to Nicki Minaj ft. Beyonce's "Feeling Myself"