Kelly Osbourne Could Have Helped Giuliana Avoid the Zendaya Debacle
Thanks to the magic of extensions, this February alone, Zendaya has had five different hairstyles! But briefly after the young actress debuted a bowl cut at the Grammy Awards, she inadvertently created controversy by sporting dreadlocks at the Oscars.
On the post-Oscars episode of Fashion Police, E! host Giuliana Rancic commented on Zendaya's dreadlocks, saying that she felt Zendaya "smells like patchouli oil . . . or weed." After a great deal of backlash over Giuliana's remarks, which were perceived as racially insensitive, Zendaya cleared the air by posting a statement to her Instagram. "There is a fine line between what is funny and what is disrespectful," she said. "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 her hair." She cited Selma director Ava DuVernay as one of the many accomplished stars who wear their hair in dreadlocks, and DuVernay responded on Twitter, saying, "You're beautiful, Queen. We bless the ignorant and wish them well."
Giuliana issued a formal apology to Zendaya on E! News, which in turn elicited another response from Zendaya on Instagram. Zendaya stated she appreciated Giuliana's apology, then quoted Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: "Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that."
But as it turns out, Us Weekly discovered that this whole debacle could have been avoided, as Fashion Police is pre-taped and filmed three takes on this particular segment. Kelly Osbourne protested against Giuliana's patchouli oil comments after the first and second takes, but Giuliana continued to make the same remarks for the third and final take. Kelly would later state on Twitter that she was "seriously questioning staying on the show" as a result.
We're hoping that this dispute opens up a larger conversation, not unlike the comments about Viola Davis being "less classically beautiful." Sure, while we typically expect side-swept strands and classic chignons at the biggest award show of the season, Zendaya broke the beauty mould. The locks reached all the way down to her waist and were twisted into a half-up, over-the-shoulder style. She also added a few jewels for an added bohemian vibe. There was no denying she looked elegant.
We fully expect to see more stars rocking this style as an alternative to box braids and Senegalese twists (can you say trendsetter?). Keep reading to read Zendaya's full statements about her dreadlocks and to see all of Zendaya's best looks this month, including an all-angles view of her Oscars style.
— Additional reporting by Emily Orofino