Zendaya is doing her part to fight unrealistic beauty standards.
Although the 19-year-old Disney star is obviously plenty thin enough, that didn't stop one fashion magazine from Photoshopping her to appear noticeably smaller. Zendaya took to Instagram to show her unretouched photo next to the slimmer and tanner version of herself, which Modeliste Magazine has since taken down.
"Had a new shoot come out today and was shocked when I found my 19 year old hips and torso quite manipulated. These are the things that make women self conscious, that create the unrealistic ideals of beauty that we have," Zendaya wrote. "Anyone who knows who I am knows I stand for honest and pure self love. So I took it upon myself to release the real pic (right side) and I love it?? Thank you @modelistemagazine for pulling down the images and fixing this retouch issue."
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Since Giuliana Rancic's headline-making, controversial comments on Fashion Police about Zendaya's Oscar hair in February, the former Dancing With the Stars contestant has been outspoken about challenging standards of beauty. In late September, she talked to ET about being chosen to get her own Barbie doll, which has dreadlocks and is a replica of her now famous Oscar look.
"I think it's definitely time to have a Barbie like this," she said. "It’s opening doors for a lot of women, women of color, of all different backgrounds. I think that’s really, really exciting."
"It’s showcasing different types of beauty, it's showcasing different types of women," she added about her doll. "Barbie is diversifying, Barbie doesn’t look like she used to look."
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