zendaya shuts down ‘thinspo’ accusation on twitter
The actress proves, yet again, that she has zero time for your thoughts about her body, internet.
Let Zendaya live.
First, E! News presenter Giuliana Rancic made that offensive comment about her dreadlocks at the 2015 Oscars, suggesting they probably smelled of "patchouli and weed." And now this. At the Kids' Choice Awards last night — an event run by kids TV channel Nickelodeon and famed for its abundance of fun things like green slime and Jonas brothers — Zendaya received some deeply incongruous comments about her appearance.
"Thinspo model for your impressionable tweens," writer and comedian Julie Klausner tweeted about the actress, after she accepted the award for favourite female TV star. "You don't have to have an eating disorder to attend the Kids' Choice Awards," Klausner continued, "But it helps!"
Zendaya, who has never taken the running internet commentary about her body lying down, responded, "Do you find this funny? I will write another paragraph to educate you aswell #youreallywannabenext?"
"Can't wait," Klausner fired back. And so Zendaya delivered this beautiful morsel of Twitter truth: "Now....everyone go look in the mirror at their beautiful body, and love that s--t #thickgirlswinning #skinnygirlswinning #weallwinning."
While Klausner defended her initial tweet by expressing her concern for girls for whom Zendaya's body type is not an achievable goal ("I will never stop criticising celebs who perpetuate dangerous beauty standards for a generation of girls who grow up thinking they're fat"), Zendaya has, if anything, been an outspoken advocate for body positivism. In the past, she's taken a strong stance on both the dangers of photo retouching and the importance of representation — something she alluded to in her acceptance speech last night. "To all the parents out there," she said, "Thank you for allowing me to be a role model for your children. I really, really do not take that for granted."
Text Alice Newell-Hanson