Zendaya is looking back at the controversy surrounding her hair at the 2015 Oscars.
While attending the awards show at just 18-years-old, the actress wore her hair in dreadlocks.
After the event, Giuliana Rancic slammed Zendaya‘s hair, saying that Zendaya‘s hair looked like it “smells like patchouli oil or weed.”
Zendaya then called out the 46-year-old former Fashion Police co-host for her “outrageously offensive” comments about her hair.
“There is a fine line between what is funny and disrespectful,” Zendaya wrote at the time. “Someone said something about my hair at the Oscars that left me in awe. Not because I was relishing in rave outfit reviews, but because I was hit with ignorant slurs and pure disrespect.”
Zendaya added, “To say that an 18-year-old young woman with locs must smell of patchouli oil or ‘weed’ is not only a large stereotype but outrageously offensive. I don’t usually feel the need to respond to negative things but certain remarks cannot go unchecked.”
Giuliana later apologized to Zendaya, tweeting, “I’m sorry I offended you and others. I was referring to a bohemian chic look. Had NOTHING to do with race and NEVER would!!!”
Now at 24-years-old, Zendaya is looking back on the situation.
“That’s how change happens,” Zendaya shared with W Magazine. “And it made me think, ‘How could I always have a lasting impact on what people saw and associated with People of Color?’”