After accepting her Kid’s Choice Award for favorite female star in a kid’s show, the 19-year-old star of Disney’s “K.C Uncercover,” Zendaya, hardly had time to celebrate before having to address being skinny-shamed by “Difficult People” creator Julie Klausner.
The up and coming actress was attacked on social media via a random series of tweets from Klausner calling Zendaya a “thinspo model for your impressionable tweens” and making false claims if her having an eating disorder. After Zendaya’s fans rushed to her defense, Klausner pledged to “be more thoughtful going forward,” but not before Zendaya made sure the world heard her two cents:
“Do you find this funny? I will write another paragraph to educate you as well #youreallywannabenext?”
But this isn’t Zendaya’s first #clapback concerning her image—the “paragraph” she references was in response to Giuliana Rancic, who infamously mocked Zendaya’s faux locs on Fashion Police back in 2015. Rancic publicly apologized, but her distasteful comments made a huge impact, helping catapult Zendaya’s career while also opening up the floor for a much-needed dialogue regarding race, culture, and stereotypes.
Now we have the same opportunity regarding body shaming, the act of making or having “inappropriate negative statements and attitudes toward another person’s weight or size.” It happens constantly in Hollywood, where the spotlight is always on, but it is a practice that average women have adopted as well, constantly body-shaming other women, and it needs to cease.
There are far too many different expectations being set for us to succumb to, when being and loving yourself should be the standard. And as a teenage girl, Zendaya should certainly not have to respond to the harsh criticisms of a 37-year-old woman.
Let’s end it.
And in the words of Zendaya, #thickgirlswinning #skinnygirlswinning #weallwinning.