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05 March 2024

Actress faces body shaming; called out for eating disorder

Actress Zendaya arrives at Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice Awards in Inglewood, California March 12, 2016. (Reuters)

By Reuters

Zendaya fired back at Julie Klausner after the star of Difficult People accused the actress of starving herself.

Zendaya, who won Favorite Female TV Star at the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards Saturday, publicly thanked "all the parents out there" for allowing her "to be a role model" for their children.

Her acceptance speech was met with criticism by Klausner who wrote on her Twitter account: "Zendaya’s ultimate retort to Giuliana Rancic is starving herself down to the size of one of her elbowz," said Klausner. "You don’t have to have an eating disorder to attend the Kids' Choice Awards... but it helps!"

Zendaya was quick to respond at the comedian: “Do you find this funny? I will write another paragraph to educate you as well #youreallywannabenext?”

She later added, "Now... everyone go look in the mirror at their beautiful body, and love that sh-t #thickgirlswinning #skinnygirlswinning #weallwinning."

Klausner did not retract her comments, instead highlighted the importance of fostering healthy beauty standards.

"I will never stop criticizing celebs who perpetuate dangerous beauty standards for a generation of girls who grow up thinking they’re fat," added Klausner. "I’m concerned with the generation of girls who aspire to look like Zendaya. I do not worry about Zendaya’s health or care whether she eats."