#NotTheOne: Zendaya Fired Publicist Who Told Her to ‘Just Be Happy to Be a Black Girl on a Magazine Cover’

#NotTheOne: Zendaya Fired Publicist Who Told Her To ‘Just Be Happy To Be A Black Girl On A Magazine Cover’

#NotTheOne: Zendaya Fired Publicist Who Told Her to ‘Just Be Happy to Be a Black Girl on a Magazine Cover’

Reason No. 99 why it’s important to be surrounded by the right people.

Published June 3, 2016

Zendaya is no stranger to folks trying it with their racist and sexist nonsense. 

Yes, the 19-year old actress has had a promising and successful career so far, but she has also been subject to having her hair, body and even Blackness policed by others, proving once again that being a woman of color in Hollywood isn’t easy.

Now, in the July issue of Cosmopolitan, the K.C. Undercover star shared with readers another one of these disempowering encounters with someone who worked for her.

Apparently, a few years ago at a magazine cover shoot, the starlet was concerned about her look and spoke up about her feelings. 

“I didn't like my hair and makeup one time on a photo shoot, and my publicist told me, 'You should just be happy with it — they haven't had a Black girl on the cover since forever,” she said.

Zendaya don’t play though, telling the women’s mag, “She's no longer my publicist.”

BLOOP. We hope that woman learned her lesson, but we have a sinking feeling that probably didn’t happen.

In that same Cosmo interview, the Cover Girl spokeswoman dished on other topics, including politics, diversity in media and love.

On why young people need to vote:

“There's really crazy stuff happening right now, and it's disappointing, sad, and scary. My generation, we really have to step up to the plate and vote. Tweeting is great — people say, 'Oh, I don't want this or that' — but at the end of the day, tweeting isn't a ballot. Just saying that you don't like someone on Twitter is not going to turn a state blue or red. You have to vote.”

On being in love versus casual hookups: 

“I would much rather be in love and have the full experience with the person I'm doing that with. Everyone deserves to be in love — it's different from when you're with someone you don't really know. But as long as you protect yourself and get tested periodically, then by all means, go ahead and do what you've got to do!”

On what she demanded to return to Disney:

"The only way I was going to come back to the Disney Channel was if I was in a position of more power. One thing that is really important to me is diversity on the channel. It's hard as a young person of a different ethnicity or background to look at the TV and not see anyone who looks like you. Representation is very important.”

Boss chick. Period. 

Written by Kellee Terrell

(Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

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