Guiliana Rancic’s Said That Zendaya’s Locs Looked Like It Smelled Like “Patchouli Oil or Weed,’ And Zendaya Responds

zendaya-and-giuliana-rancicSunday night held one of the most prestigious and glamorous events of the award season, the Academy Awards aka The Oscars. As most of you know, fashion and beauty is a major part of the event. Which celebrity will wear which designer? Will we see makeup trends? How will starlets wear their hair?

We saw a lot of glamorous designs and hair styles that night. Most women chose to be minimal and wear their hair pulled back. Actress, Zendaya Coleman, chose a different approach and debuted her beautiful faux locs on the red carpet.

Faux locs are a trend for the natural hair community right now and Zendaya, who was inspired by a photograph of actress, Lisa Bonet, picked up on that trend and showcased it. She made something that isn’t so mainstream, visible for the masses. Surely her unique sense of style, coupled with her long locs would be recognized and commended right? Wrong.

Actress, Lisa Bonet was Zendayas inspiration for her faux locs.

Actress, Lisa Bonet was Zendayas inspiration for her faux locs.

E! News correspondent and Fashion Police host, Guiliana Rancic went too far on an segment of Fashion Police when she stated that the 18 year old actress “looks like she smells like patchouli oil and weed”, to which her co-hosts threw their heads back and laughed. Hours later, Zendaya posted this gracious statement on her Twitter page:


We get it Guiliana. You have a job and that job requires you to talk about celebrities and their choices in fashion, hair and beauty after they hit the red carpet.

However, that job does not require you to make blatant ignorant remarks about someone’s hair. Tell me, how does one “look like they smell like patchouli oil and weed”? Is it because society has stereotyped locs for decades and you decided that you were going to throw those stereotypes around nonchalantly on television?

Here is Giuliana’s lack luster response:

Giuliana Rancic

Personally, I thought Zendaya’s locs looked elegant with her gown. They framed her face beautifully. She took a risk with her hair that night and it worked.

When I saw her on the carpet, my immediate thoughts were how pretty and fresh she looked. Naturally, when I watched Fashion Police and heard Guiliana’s remarks, I was disgusted and so was twitter:


I realize that she’s in the business of telling it like it is, but there is always a line that you shouldn’t cross no matter how real you’re trying to keep it.

We loved Vogue’s description of Zendaya’s look and maybe Giuliana can take a few pointers:

Oh, what a difference a serious red-carpet moment can make! If you didn’t know who Zendaya was before tuning in to the 87th Annual Academy Awards tonight, well, you will now: The lissome and lovely Disney actress and pop singer caused a stir on the red carpet in a figure-hugging ivory-toned Vivienne Westwood slip of a goddess gown, replete with flowing dreadlocks: one part Lisa Bonet, one part Venus de Milo, and all very grown up (which is to say, all very un-Disney). We’ll be keeping our eye on you, Zendaya.

I also thought Zendaya’s response to Guiliana was tasteful and gracious. She didn’t wrap it up in a pretty bow and present it to anyone. She was straight to the point and very direct. She read Guiliana and her co-hosts like a book and I enjoyed every word.

About Portia Cole

Portia is a wife and mother who enjoys making things and people look pretty! As a graduate of Rowan University, Portia has an insatiable craving for natural hair, beauty, and fashion, but she also enjoys traveling and home decor. If you'd like to know more about her, visit her blog at You can also follow her on Instagram (huneybflyy) and twitter (@huneybflyy).

About Portia Cole

Portia is a wife and mother who enjoys making things and people look pretty! As a graduate of Rowan University, Portia has an insatiable craving for natural hair, beauty, and fashion, but she also enjoys traveling and home decor. If you'd like to know more about her, visit her blog at You can also follow her on Instagram (huneybflyy) and twitter (@huneybflyy).


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    1. Nelson Porsia

      Gulianna should’ve kept her mouth closed on this one. She completely offended the black community

  1. DW

    I’m sure her parents are really proud of how well & intelligent her response was. Zendaya made me proud.

  2. Staci Bose

    Guiliana is important to us because why? People need to think before they speak. Your racist, classist, stereotyping self is showing!!!

  3. Megan Dawn Bean

    …all the while that woman looks like she had a bottle of gin and a pk of cigarettes for breakfast. Gtfoh she looks like the surgeon missed her thigh and liposuctioned her face… skeleton face like her brain doesn’t have room…. plastic cheekbones but she mad at daya.. cmon

    1. Tip Mier

      She has or has had cancer. Not sure if she beat it, but that’s why she’s so thin

  4. Vevais Marvelous Meyers

    I am very very impressed with this lovely, talented, eloquent young lady how she handled that Italian fugly skank. that’s why I still love me some Monique because she wouldn’t have been so polite, and I guess that’s what they want us to do is be ‘ nice ‘ and let them step all over us. please take the time to blast giuliana off on her page and go to fashion police.

  5. Sonja Roberts

    Giuliana needs to stop talking to the media and see a psychiatrist she clearly has an eating disorder!

    1. Kylia Dantzler-Morgan

      She had cancer, which I thought would make her less ignorant to any hair style since chemo took hers away for a period but…

    2. Tmofo Sho

      She needs to smoke so she can eat. Ugh! I wonder about her husband too because I don’t know how comfortable he is when he has to have sex with skeletor…OUCH. No cushin for the push in nowhere.

  6. Myk Mao

    Zendaya you are a beautiful young lady… your parents must be proud of you! Kiss from France …

  7. Maiysha Ramos

    Ignorant….sometimes when ppl see natural hair styles they don’t know what to say… My mother always told me if you have nothing nice to say don’t say nothing at all..

  8. Kamila Nott

    Her hair looked beautiful. Can’t understand y Guliliana would spout such ignorance and think it’s funny?

  9. Michelle Pulliam

    The crazy thing is… If someone went in on the fact that she looks like she is minutes away from meeting the grim reaper, that person would be called to the carpet for making fun of her body type. Truth is, her hair and teeth scream eating disorder.

  10. Carmella McCoy

    Who? Ive never even heard of this woman. And watch. She’ll be the main one trying to wear locs in 2 years.

  11. Krys L Campbell

    Gillian’s looks like she is lacking a few hot dinners…. Zendaya’s hair is the least of her problems

  12. Aaliyah Ingram-Jones

    I love her response. It was eloquent and well spoken. I love that she chose Lisa Bonet as her muse because she is beautiful.

  13. Laura-Leonard Wright

    Why would you repeat such a negative comment and bring more energy to it, I’m very sure someone complimented her that night as well let’s talk about that!!!!!!

  14. Aaliyah Ingram-Jones

    It’s also the reason why our natural hair movement means so much more to us than outsiders can understand. It’s about picking your identity back up off the ground after white society has tread on it and taught you to do the same.

  15. Kelly Bailey

    Guiliana clearly has all sorts of issues, by just looking at her.. Zendaya held her own..

  16. Christina J Pollard

    She done messed up smh and I saw her fake apology on social media. She should have apologized on the same medium she made that stereotypical, rude, and just plain racist comment. #jealousy

  17. Kimberly Smith

    Come on Guiliana Rancic, You said what you meant. It was disrespectful AND offensive. Zendaya’s hair is gorgeous. Open mouth, insert foot.

  18. April Avery-Dennard

    And Guiliana looks like she hasn’t eaten in months but no one spoke on that. People need to learn that just b/c you have a public platform you don’t have the right to talk reckless.

  19. Dominique Mayfield

    Glad zendaya kept it classy while still getting her point across. She looked gorgeous at the oscars and the other chick can take several seats!

  20. Deana McNeal

    I will never support RPM how do you have a chicago restaurant and look like your starving to death I get it you were sick but so is your mind for making such harsh comments to a teenager for wanting to rock a natural hairstyle smh with all the traveling you and Bill have done for charity you should know about cultural preferences by now:(

  21. Myra Lee

    Guliana should be careful of WHAT she says……Ms. Rancic looks like a serpent………

  22. Mavis Butt

    Zendaya’s response was amazing! Guiliana, you can’t be Joan Rivers!! From someone who looks this deprived off food, you should just take a pill and swallow then STFU!!!

  23. Кассандра Ді

    Zendaya looks beautiful. I also thought it was disrespectful how G said her hair was “too big for her frame?” So skinny girls can’t wear their hair in natural hairstyles?

  24. Mavis Butt

    And I so wish all the other black female musicians would learn to appreciate what we have!

  25. Val Lott

    People have a bad habit of throwing a rock these days, just to come back and say I’m sorry not because they mean it but so it dont mess up their money.

    1. Michelle C Morton

      Humours non whites….All women., including Giuliani know about weaves, the young lady look wonderful…& didn’t deserve the rude stereotypical comments & she need some weed if its gonna increase her appetite so she will not look emaciated….IJS

  26. Shekietha Edwards

    How rude? What if someone made a joke that her anorexic bulimia big headed lookin ass smell like cheese burgers and vomit, it wouldn’t be too funny then. This is the same ant eater lookin ignorant idiot that said that one of those Kardashian’s/Jenner’s Locs were beautiful. I guess only white people can have beautiful Locs. SMH!

  27. Mevr Zonder Schaduw

    SHE had the nerve to talk about anyone … Giuliana Rancic look like a windshield wiper.. basically the letter “i”……..olive oyl status… and opens her mouth about ANY WOMAN regardless of race…. smh get a sandwich 1st

  28. Soffyloves

    Well done Zendaya. Shame on you Juliana and every other person who makes fun of someone else’s features, hair, etc. We ALL can’t be the same because we were all created to be uniquely US.

  29. Toy Jaynell

    She can say what she wants,i think she looked pretty.guess if its not straight its not guliana

  30. Deborah Henry

    I don’t even think Joan Rivers would have said that. The show hasn’t been the same since she died. Is bergen getting worse and that was the final nail in the coffin for me, won’t be watching it ever again. I have several friends who said the same.

  31. Omega Grace

    I just lost all respect for Giuliana Rancic. That’s like saying Giuliana smells like tomato paste and Italian sausage. #idiot

  32. Carla Tyner

    I have 2 say that I was somewhat surprised, but glad I am no longer fool by Guliana’s phoniness. I will no longer watch her or any show that she’s on. She needs to go get a meal and stop lying abt her weight being hereditary.

  33. Barbara Webber

    Yesssssssssss Zendaya. ….rock d locs baby girl. Your response was articulate and on point. 18yr old with more maturity and integrity than some. Black….Locs…..Strong….Beautiful. …Lioness.
    JAH love is forever sure. …Keep the fire burning x
    Rasta love and more love evrytime Xxx

  34. Karen-Marie Anderson Opara

    Does she really think those lame couple of lines cuts it as an apology?!I’m disgusted. Clearly the lack of food has caused her to lose her mind. If you can open your mouth and make such racist ridiculous statements on TV you can apologise on TV

  35. Moni Pinkney

    The comments made by @GulianaRancic were bad enough, however the add on by @KellyOsbourne as to insinuate a drug smell was even more atrocious and unseemly with her being a former abuser/addict

  36. Ally Marie Dor

    Kelly needs to apologize as well she suggested she smelled like weed as well if you listen to the video they all should apologize E the whole cast of that tired old show it wasn’t appropriate to laugh at or say

  37. Brandi Patterson

    I love how elegantly Zendaya responded without throwing jabs or even mentioning Giuliana’s name. Shows so much class and maturity. Giuliana can learn a lot from Zendaya.

  38. Kim Beckford

    …okay so if someone asked her, “Who’s your wardrobe designer, Karen Carpenter?” Guiliana wouldn’t be offended? Here’s a thought, keep your mouth shut if you don’t understand something.

  39. Sheila Thompson

    Guiliana sit you anorexic tail down and stop hating and act your age, that child is 18 and looks great, she’s stylish and gorgeous!!! You Rancic are what racism begins with! (IGNORANCE)!!!

  40. Shimon McLean

    This is exactly why I don’t watch that show! They are allowed to make insulting gestures and it’s chalked up to being humorous. The entire show is about humiliating people. No one on that show has some kind of perfect fashion sense and yet they manage to make fun of the rest of the world. I hope they fire Giuliana and just get rid of that rachet show!

  41. Gaby Moviefan

    Guiliana needs to not worry about that girl’s hair and eat a SANDWICH…OR TWO with extra BACON & MAYO!

  42. Tonya Hill

    She’s a hater, enough said!!! If she looked in the mirror, she might not have said that! ijs

  43. Martaja Jackson

    She is fine just the way she is.

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