"What was Barbie, is no more,"- Zendaya; Putting on for People of Color
October 2, 2015
Can we say congratulations to Zendaya on the Barbie doll that was created to resemble her look the night of the Oscars 2015, which received a lot of backlash. Zendaya wore her hair in dreadlocks to the Oscars, in an effort to "remind people of color that our hair is good enough" and was basically bashed on Fashion Police by Giuliana Rancic. Rancic joked that Zendaya looked like she "smells like patchouli oil... or weed." Zendaya replied like the elegant young woman she is, defending her hairstyle and showing her support for the people, her family members included, that have dreads.
I love this doll. Mattel really took their time making it resemble Zendaya on that night exactly; from everything down to the cuffs on some of the dreads to her pinky ring.
Her caption on Instagram read "When I was little I couldn't find a Barbie that looked like me, my...how times have changed. Thank you @barbie for this honor and for allowing me to be apart of your diversification and expansion of the definition of beauty. Can't wait to keep doing amazing things with you😘😘😘 #besuper @luxurylaw @theshelbyswain"
The Barbie doll was created to show support to Zendaya for "standing up for her culture." Zendaya is slowly becoming a force to be reckoned with, in fashion and in support of the Black community. So big shout out to her for always staying true to herself.