Fashion Police commentator Giuliana Rancic ignited a social media backlash at the 2015 Oscars for criticizing young actress Zendaya Coleman’s dreadlocks. Rancic quipped that Zendaya’s hair made her “feel like she smells like patchouli, or weed.” She is now being slammed for being racially ignorant, and has issued several apologies in an attempt to amend the situation. If nothing else, at least a long-overdo spotlight is now being focused on this super-cool hairstyle. Not everyone can pull it off, but there have been several stars who have sported dreads throughout the years and owned it. Here are 13 celebs who have rocked locs.
1. Zendaya Coleman
American actress/singer/dancer Zendaya triggered this recent firestorm when she boldly chose to don dreadlocks on the Oscar red carpet. We think her long dark coils looked stunning against her white Vivienne Westwood gown. The 18 year old responded to the Fashion Police slur by saying, “there is a fine line between funny and disrespectful,” and “there is already harsh criticism of African American hair in society without the help of ignorant people.” She added, “To me locs are a symbol of strength and beauty, almost like a lion’s mane.” Way to roar, Zendaya!
2. Lisa Bonet
Zendaya has said her Oscar look was inspired by Lisa Bonet, who has been rocking dreadz for years. Since her days on The Cosby Show and A Different World, the actress has been an eccentric trend-setter and fashion icon. She was one of the first female celebs who rocked locs back in the early 1990s, a pioneer of the boho chic style.