Zendaya Gets Own Barbie Doll With Dreadlocks (PHOTO)
Zendaya got her own Barbie doll on Saturday, complete with the dreadlocks and white dress she wore to the Oscars. The singer-actress later thanked Barbie for its “diversification and expansion of the definition of beauty.” See the photo below.
At the Barbie Rock ’N Royals concert, held at the Hollywood Palladium, Zendaya was presented with her Barbie doll, celebrates women of color. She took to Instagram afterwards to post a side-by-side of her doll and a photo of herself with dreadlocks at the Academy Awards.
Alongside the pictures, she wrote, “When I was little I couldn’t find a Barbie that looked like me, my…how times have changed.” She added, “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.”
As Gossip Cop previously reported, after Zendaya walked the red carpet at the Oscars with dreadlocks, Giuliana Rancic said on “Fashion Police” that the young star’s hair “probably smelled like patchouli oil or weed,” a comment that was later blasted for being racist. Not long after, Zendaya slammed Rancic on Twitter for her “ignorant slurs and pure disrespect.” She added that the “Fashion Police” host’s remarks were “not only a large stereotype but outrageously offensive.”
Zendaya then noted, “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.” She further explained, “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. To me locks are a symbol of strength and beauty, almost like a lion’s mane.” Zendaya later accepted Rancic’s apology.
Now, of course, Zendaya has her Barbie, and she spent part of Saturday night retweeting fans, who expressed on Twitter what it meant to have a doll with dreadlocks. Among those supporters was @TyreeBP, who wrote, “Do you know what this means for little Black girls everywhere?” She also retweeted @feministculture, which wrote, “The Zendaya Barbie doll opening doors of representation,” and @tyriquex, who noted, “This made me tear up. The fact that we have a BLACK doll with LOCKS in her head, this is going to change the game.”
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