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Zendaya: You’re A Role Model For Challenging Extreme Photoshopping & Loving Yourself

Thu, October 22, 2015 5:52pm EDT by 2 Comments

Zendaya is taking a stand for body positivity, ushering in a movement of ‘self love.’ The singer and actress took to Instagram to slam photos of herself which had been retouched, and instead shared the original picture– human imperfection and all– inspiring women to love themselves in the process. Go, girl!

Zendaya Coleman is only 19 years old, but she’s already become a symbol of strength for women— and people– everywhere. The former Disney star bravely posted a side by side photo featuring dual images; one which had been retouched and one which had not, to express her dismay at the manipulation of her body. “I stand for honest and pure self love,” she wrote, causing many (myself included) to bow down to Zendaya and praise: yas queen!


In this day and age, women are under more intense scrutiny than ever, and that is in large part due to the media. With no shade intended whatsoever, it’s hard to be comfortable in your own skin while seeing photo after photo of Kylie Jenner and Kim Kardashian, looking completely flawless and, frankly, unrealistically perfect.

That isn’t to say that Zendaya isn’t also an unbelievably gorgeous specimen, because hello, of course she is. But the fact that she shared a photo with her millions of fans, the sole purpose of which was to let them know she likes the way she looks and likes who she is on the inside and out, is immeasurably powerful.

Zendaya has never been afraid to stand up for herself and, for that, I thank her for being a role model for girls of all ages, as well as women, many of whom are much older than herself.  Thank you, Zendaya, for being a champion of loving yourself and not chasing abstract perfection, but embracing the perfection that is you. And, lastly, thank you for being fierce as hell.

With that, we leave you with Zendaya’s original Insta post below– heed her words, get out there, and love yourself, y’all.

Do you agree with Zendaya that photoshopping causes unrealistic beauty standards? Or is it just not a big deal?

— Casey Mink