Zendaya Coleman is only 18 years old, but she possesses enviable strength and grace. She’s a critical thinker, often pausing to reflect before rattling off quick, emoji-laden responses on social media. When Zendaya faced backlash for being cast in the Aaliyah biopic, she gave a thoughtful explanation for leaving the project.
Likewise, Zendaya did not confront Giuliana Rancic’s recent dreadlock remarks with anger. Zendaya stopped to collect her thoughts before confronting the “patchouli and weed” stereotype tossed at her Oscar ‘locks. She later elaborated upon the Fashion Police’s habit of “body shaming and other hurtful tactics” with an eye on “the bigger picture” instead of “posting the first mean words that came to my mind.” Most teens (hell, most adults) can’t do the same.
A few days ago, Zendaya continued to be her righteous self by appearing barefaced on Facebook. She told the camera, “It should not be a phenomenon if she decides to or not to wear makeup. If you want to beat that face down, then beat it down! If you want to go natural, then go natural!”
Zendaya meant to call out the media. Her stance came in handy after a sexist tweet from the “Manstagram” Twitter page. This tweet shamed a makeup artist on YouTube who revealed her own barefaced look.
Z shut this tweet down with no mercy. She posted her own make-up free photo with glasses to boot. As always, her words were careful but contained some necessary attitude.
Zendaya handles difficult issues like a pro. Plus, she officially graduates from high school today!