Former Disney channel star Zendaya isn’t afraid to speak her mind, especially when it comes to hair.
After Giuliana Rancic joked Zendaya’s faux-locs made her look like she smelled like weed, the 19-year-old schooled the former Fashion Police host about the politics of Black hair.
Now, she’s doing it again.
Zendaya talked about beauty and hair during a recent event for her #REALisBEAUTIFUL campaign. During the the talk, the young actress took questions and broke down the real reason publications are hailing young white women like the Kim Kardashian and Katy Perry for popularizing “boxer braids.”
The madness has to stop. First "Dutch braids" and now "Boxer braids?" THEY'RE CORNROWS. pic.twitter.com/hBRh7AHTEZ
— Clarke Kelly (@Clarke_Kels) March 16, 2016
The only problem? Boxer braids aren’t a thing…they’re just cornrows, which Black girls have been wearing for-ev-er.
When asked what she thought about the “hot new trend,” here’s how Zendaya broke it down:
Braids are not new. Black women have been wearing braids for a very long time. We’ve been using that as a protective style, as a hairstyle. Another problem is it became new and fresh and fun, because it was on someone else other than a black woman. You know what I mean? So that is the frustration. That’s where the culture appropriation element comes into play.