Zendaya blasts magazine for manipulating her image


Zendaya is on a roll.

She may have just landed another gorgeous spread, but she’s not all that thrilled about it. On Tuesday night, Oct. 21, the Zapped star called out independent print and digital fashion magazine Modeliste for photoshopping her slim frame.

She said, “Had a new shoot come out today and was shocked when I found my 19 year old hips and torso quite manipulated. These are the things that make women self conscious, that create the unrealistic ideals of beauty that we have. Anyone who knows who I am knows I stand for honest and pure self love. So I took it upon myself to release the real pic (right side) and I love it?? Thank you @modelistemagazine for pulling down the images and fixing this retouch issue.”

Following the backlash, the team over at Modeliste quickly pulled down the retouched images and rightly so.

“Thank you @modelistemagazine for pulling down the images and fixing this retouch issue,” the former Disney star later added to her original Instagram post.


Although it may seem like the teen star is seldom caught in the crossfire, she is no stranger to controversy. Earlier this year, she blasted E!’s former host Giuliana Rancic for her “outrageously offensive” remark on the Oscars’ red carpet: “I feel like she smells like patchouli oil. Or weed. Maybe weed?” Rancic said of Zendaya’s braids.

The “KC Undercover” stars promptly responded via Twitter: “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. 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.”

In August, she also shut down cyber bullies, who criticized her family. “While you’re so concerned about what my parents look like, please know that these are two of the most selfless people in the world,” she tweeted one user who called her parents ugly. “They have chosen to spend their entire life, not worried about trivial things such as looks and insulting people’s parents on Twitter, but instead became educators who have dedicated their lives to teaching, cultivating and filling young shallow mind[s]. — ‘Please, log out, go to school, hug a teacher and read a textbook … and while you’re at it, go look in the mirror and know that you too are beautiful, because such hateful things only stem from internal struggles. Bless you.’”

While the rising star may have just graduated high school, one thing’s for sure, you’ll never get a fast one by her. She’s got beauty and brains.

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