In keeping with her character, “Cut-Throat,” from Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” music video, Zendaya has slain a homophobic hater. A seemingly vicious tweet was the start of the battle.
She looks like a gay dude wearing makeup pic.twitter.com/bATG9baS4O
— alfi (@ClutchLikeRomo) May 9, 2016
However, it would appear that Zendaya got the last laugh as she questioned whether or not the Tweeter was actually insulting her.
This is not the first time that Zendaya has taken on people who have insulted her or her heritage, and she has consistently done so with grace and style. According to Buzzfeed, Zendaya garnered a great deal of support from her reply to the tweet from @ClutchLikeRomo from men and women alike.
— Symieon. (@Symm_WestCoast) May 10, 2016
Teen Vogue recalled when Zendaya said she would pray for someone who called her parents ugly. While some might suggest that Zendaya’s parents could not possibly be ugly simply because they created her, Zendaya took the high road and said that the person who called out her parents should look in the mirror and recognize their beauty.
“While you’re so concerned about what my parents look like, please know that these are two of the most selfless people in the world,” Zendaya said of her parents. “They have chosen to spend their entire life, not worried about trivial things such as looks and insulting people’s parents on Twitter, but instead became educators who have dedicated their lives to teaching, cultivating and filling young shallow mind [sic]. (One of the most important yet underpaid jobs we have). Please, log out, go to school, hug a teacher and read a textbook.”
In the wake of the photos tweeted in support of Zendaya immediately after someone tweeted that she looked like a “gay dude with makeup,” Zendaya offered props.
According to Huffington Post, Zendaya said, “Slay baby ” and “All this gorgeousness in my mentions.”
Zendaya continues to fulfill the goal of becoming a role model for young people that she set out for herself, according to People.“I feel like it’s really important for young people dealing with bullying to see a symbol of confidence,” Zendaya said during the TOMS shoe-giving trip she went on in Los Angeles in April. “Whether that be from me on social media or from someone in their family, I feel like that is really important to have someone that they can look to and know that confidence is possible. That’s why I do it.”
— People Magazine (@people) May 10, 2016
Zendaya also has come out in support of the Makers Stories App, an app which supports Let Girls Learn, an initiative spearheaded by President and Michelle Obama. AOL is using the app to crowdsource videos from women across the globe, and 50 women who submit videos will have their clip selected to appear in a music video featuring Zendaya, Missy Elliott, and Kelly Clarkson.
The video is set to premiere May 23 at The United State of Women, a White House summit designed to honor the accomplishments of women and girls worldwide.
At the end of March, Zendaya told People that it was important for everyone to stick to the vision of themselves that they hold true.
“There are so many people that are going to tell you what you should think of yourself, and it’s so important that you look at yourself, you become happy with yourself and confident in your own opinions and your own strength – and stay with that because it’s so hard, especially if you’re young,” the 19-year-old said. “People always want to doubt you.”
From the looks of those who have been shut down by Zendaya after trying to troll her, there will be few who doubt her now.
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