See the Zendaya Barbie doll, dreadlocks and all

28 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Nicki Minaj Congratulates Zendaya By Showing Off Her Own Barbie (PHOTO).

Singer/actress Zendaya arrives at the Barbie Rock ‘n Royals concert experience benefiting VH1 Save The Music Foundation at the Hollywood Palladium on Sept. 26, 2015 in Los Angeles. (Photo: Kevin Winter, Getty Images) Sporting those dreadlocks that sparked a major controversy on E!’s Fashion Police, the doll models the Vivienne Westwood look that Zendaya wore to the Oscars. “When I was little I couldn’t find a Barbie that looked like me, my…how times have changed,” Zendaya wrote on Instagram. “Thank you @barbie for this honor and for allowing me to be apart of your diversification and expansion of the definition of beauty” Earlier this year, Fashion Police host Giulana Rancic landed in hot water after remarks she made over Zendaya’s hair at the Oscars, saying “I feel like she smells like patchouli oil and weed.” She later apologized, but the show quickly crumbled in the wake of the controversy, with co-hosts Kelly Osbourne and Kathy Griffin pulling out. Last week, Barbie announced that the company would be making a one-of-a-kind Zendaya doll, modeled off of the actress’s look from this year’s Oscars red carpet. But this isn’t just any Barbie, but one with a clear message about diversity of beauty and being happy in your own skin, whatever colour it might be.

Can’t wait to keep doing amazing things with you.” The actress-singer-model joins the ranks of other Barbie-fied celebrities including Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez and Rosie O’Donnell. The Harajuki Barbie herself, Nicki Minaj— and while she’s happy for Zendaya, she would also like you and Zendaya to always remember that she had a Barbie before Zendaya. Continue to be proud of yourself girls!!!!! #Barbie.” Minaj went on to a post a side-by-side photo of her doll with Zendaya’s (see above), writing, “@zendaya They should have matching bff Barbie cars with the dreamhouse to match. Instead, Minaj was accused of trying to steal Zendaya’s spotlight. “So selfish of you to make it about you…. you have definitely lost a fan!” one person commented on Minaj’s post, which was filled with similar remarks.

And even though Zendaya didn’t seem to mind Minaj’s posts, even tweeting to her, “representation is so important,” the rap star received some hate tweets, too. In a tweet that’s since been deleted, Demi Lovato floated the idea of a Barbie with Demi’s body (and, likely, her face and name), while pointing out the fact that Zendaya’s model-thin frame actually falls squarely in the traditional, Barbie-endorsed body standard. I love that smthn negative was turned into smthn so much greater for u.” As Gossip Cop reported, Demi Lovato was also slammed for similar reasons this weekend. Zendaya supporters, and those who felt this simply wasn’t the time to split hairs over how this particular representation of young women of color may exclude yet another portion of the population, also harnessed the #raiseyourvoice hashtag to voice their dissent.

A few haters also took the opportunity to launch “you’re fat” potshots at Demi, which kiiiind of supports Demi’s (again, now-deleted) call to fight body-shaming with a wider array of body types on dolls used by impressionable children.

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