Zendaya fires back after host disses her dreadlocks

Zendaya Fires Back After Host Disses Her Dreadlocks
Zendaya Fires Back After Host Disses Her Dreadlocks

On Oscars night, one of the attendees who was catching everyone's eye wasn't even a nominee.

18-year-old Disney Channel actress Zendaya wasn't getting attention for her dress, but for how she styled her hair in dreadlocks.

E! host Giuliana Rancic commented on Zendaya's hairstyle on Monday night's "Fashion Police," saying:

"She's such a tiny frame that this hair overwhelms her. Like, I feel like she smells like patchouli oil. Maybe weed," Rancic said.

It was definitely not the most tactful thing to say, to say the least -- and Zendaya wasted no time firing back.

On Instagram she called Rancic's statement "outrageously offensive" writing, "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 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."

African Americans showcasing their natural hair has been quite a topic these past few months, especially after Viola Davis' character removed her wig on screen during "How To Get Away With Murder" -- something Davis later said wasn't written in the script.

"I said, 'Listen, she can't go to bed with her wig on.' ... A whole portion of women out there are marginalized. I wanna be a real woman," Davis told Ellen DeGeneres back in November.

Rancic went on to apologize to Zendaya on Twitter, saying she had simply been referencing "a bohemian chic look."

Vogue thought Zendaya's look was a hit, naming her the "Breakout Style Star" of the evening.

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