Zendaya Coleman is so Important
So, unless you’re living under a rock you probably know about the whole thing that happened with Zendaya Coleman and Guiliana Rancic.
Assuming that you’re living under a rock, I’ll explain right now what happened: Zendaya Coleman wore protective locs (read: dreadlocks) to the Oscars, and Guiliana Rancic made a comment that she probably smelled like pot and patchouli oil, which was extremely offensive. Zendaya posted a sort of an open letter on her Instagram and was so classy and amazing, standing up for herself with dignity and grace. The next day, Rancic publicly apologized for her words.
We’re living in a world where women with our hair type are publicly humiliated time and time again. We’re called poodles, we’re asked if we can hide things in our hair; people tug on our curls, they laugh at us, they tell us that we’re ugly because we’ve embraced something that has truly made us feel beautiful. You know, I have to admit that even I’ve struggled with loving my curly hair - believe it or not, I struggle a lot with it. Lately I’ve felt really bad about my curls, and I’ve resorted to straightening my hair to feel less like I have to stand out.
Because… you know, that’s kind of what having curly hair does: it makes us stand out. And it’s not in a bad way at all! Curls are absolutely beautiful. Over the past couple weeks I’ve put away my hair straightener and forced myself to stare in the mirror at my hair and love what I see. Zendaya’s statement, on the red carpet and off of the red carpet, has given me faith again in curly hair.
It’s funny, we live in a society where lately people have been fighting to be different, telling each other to embrace the things that make us different, and yet when someone does, it’s shocking and even sometimes jarring. This entire situation has been weighing on my mind a lot lately, and you know, I think that we have to thank Zendaya for standing up for all of us. Because in a way, she did.
So thank you, Zendaya, for refreshing my faith in humanity once more, and letting every curly girl who is crying over their hair that they are beautiful. You truly are a princess in my eyes.