Yas Girl of the Week: Zendaya

This week the 18-year-old singer and actress Zendaya made waves when she posted an eloquent and inspiring response to Giuliana Rancic via Instagram. It all began when Rancic, a host of E!’s Fashion Police, made offensive comments about Zendaya’s gorgeous dreadlocks on air, saying they looked like they smelled like “patchouli oil” and “weed.” Zendaya hit back with a thoughtful post defending her hair and those who wear locs. Rancic eventually apologized in a video and seemed very sincere (by celebrity apology standards). Zendaya replied again, accepting her apology but continuing to stand up for those who were offended by the remarks. We applaud this young star on remaining poised and eloquent throughout the controversy. She surely has inspired many, and educated even more.

Yas, Zendaya! Show them all how to be smart, strong, and in control of your own image!

Shout out to @Zendaya for standing up for herself + her individuality! #YASGirl 💁

A video posted by VH1 (@vh1) on Feb 27, 2015 at 9:27am PST

Go behind the scenes at New York Fashion Week with Zendaya’s stylist Law Roach.

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