Zendaya's dreadlocked hairstyle from the last Oscars red carpet has made such a major impact, and has affected more people than she ever could have realized. In a new interview with Complex, the actress recalled the glam look that she wore to the Academy Awards and shared why it was important to her to make the style her own – and why she later felt she needed to speak up for herself when haters criticized the look.
"A lot of people don’t realize that hair is a big thing for a lot of people, not just African-American women. It’s something to be aware of and to be cautious of," Zendaya said." So it was something that I really felt like I should speak on. There were so many women, of all races, that came up to me and were like, 'I really love what you said,' or 'I had my daughter read that.'"
Zendaya shared that she has a really personal reason for standing by the specific style she wore on the red carpet.
"All my brothers and my dad at one point had dreadlocks. My little nieces have curly hair. And if they were to have someone say something demeaning about what they have and what they hold dear to them, then I would want them to at least have the pride within themselves to come up with a response that made sense and that they were proud of," she continued. "Honestly, I think about my little nieces and my little nephews first. Because one day they’re going to have Twitter and they’re going to have Instagram, and I’m going to be like, 'This is how you handle it, kids.'"
We love that so much!
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