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Zendaya Coleman is an American singer, actress and dancer, born in Oakland, California in 1996. She has appeared in the Disney series Shake It Up and on Dancing with the Stars. Her debut album Replay was released in 2014.

Apology response

Makes Statement

Zendaya accepts Rancic’s apology on Twitter:

Giuliana, I appreciate your apology and I’m glad it was a learning experience for you and for the network. I hope that others negatively affected by her words can also find it in their hearts to accept her apology as well.

24 Feb, 2015

Threatens to quit show

Osbourne threatens to quit Fashion Police via Twitter over Rancic and Zendaya Oscar controversy.

Issues apology


Rancic offers an on-air, minute-long apology to Zendaya regarding her comments about the artist’s dreadlocks.

This incident has taught me to be a lot more aware of cliches and stereotypes — how much damage they can do. And I am responsibile, as we all are, to not perpetuate them further.

Dreadlocks criticized

TV Appearance

Rancic and Griffin describe Zendaya’s dreadlocks during Fashion Police‘s Oscar red carpet commentary. Rancic refers to the same hairstyle, on Kylie Jenner, as “edgy” and “cool”, but says Zendaya looks like she:

…smells like patchouli oil…


Or weed…


Yeah, maybe weed.

1 Feb, 2015

Teen Vogue cover

Magazine Cover

Zendaya appears on the cover of the February 2015 issue of Teen Vogue magazine. She talks about her show Shake It Up, her album, and her confidence.

My passion was always in the arts. I was that weird 8-year-old who was into Shakespeare.

29 Jun, 2014

Will not star as Aaliyah


Lifetime tweets that Zendaya will no longer play the role and that the film will be shelved for now. Aaliyah’s family, who are not participating in the project, were reportedly not happy with the decision to cast her.

Let me just explain something. The reason why I chose not to do the Aaliyah movie had nothing to do with the haters or the people telling me I couldn’t do it, I wasn’t talented enough, or I wasn’t black enough. The main reasons were the production value wasn’t there, there were complications with the music rights, and I just felt like it wasn’t being handled delicately considering the situation. And I tried my best to reach out to the family on my own, and I wrote a letter, but I was unable to do so therefore I felt not morally OK with moving forward with the project.

Because it’s someone that I honor and I respect so much, it has to be 128 percent, especially for all her fans, including myself. I didn’t feel like it [the production] was all the way there, so I didn’t want to do that. And when the time comes when it’s done right and it’s 100 percent, by all means, I will be the first person there ready to go.

1 Mar, 2014

NKD cover

Magazine Cover

zendaya-nkd-magazine-prom-dancing-with-the-starsZendaya appears on the cover of the March 2014 issue of NKD magazine. She talks about Dancing With the Stars, her album, and being a role model.

Spotlights are used to highlight something in someone that can bring a spotlight to other people. I wanted to be a good influence on my demographic. Their parents have told me they’re proud of me and that they want their kids to be like me.

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