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Zendaya calls out Hollywood's beauty standards

SPEAKING UP: Zendaya

ZENDAYA HAS called out Hollywood's beauty standards and colorism issues, pointing out that she is often labelled as the industry’s ‘acceptable version of a black girl’.

Speaking at BeautyCon in New York on Sunday (Apr 22) The 21-year-old actress urged Hollywood to include wider representations of black females on the big screen.

The Greatest Showman star said: "I am Hollywood’s acceptable version of a black girl, and that has got to change."

The former Disney entertainer also spoke on her upbringing in Oakland, California, stating that she was ‘lucky’ to have the upbringing that she had.

"There is definitely ‘hood’ in me and it will never leave. It’s part of who I am, as it is part of my family. I was born and raised in Oakland, all my family is from there … and they’re not from the Oakland Hills, we are from the hoods of Oakland," she said.

"It’s something that I’m proud of and I’m lucky to be where I’m from. My aunties held Black Panther party meetings in the downstairs basement of our house that I grew up in."

Commentators on social media praised Zendaya's statements and using her privilege and platform to acknowledge a wider issue.

One Twitter user said: "I love that Zendaya openly discusses colorism and her privilege because many of her peers act like it’s not a thing."

Another user tweeted: "This past week I have been genuinely concerned about my mental health, but today I got to see my role model @Zendaya talk about the importance of self-love & self-care at #BeautyconNYC and I am convinced the universe has a beautiful way of working things out if you hang in there."

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