Disney TV actress Zendaya (born Zendaya Maree Stoermer Coleman) made a splash on the red carpet at the Oscars. More attention was brought to her when Fashion Police talk show host Giuliana Rancic made a discouraging remark about the 18-year-old’s hair. When Rancic saw Zendaya’s long dreadlocks, Rancic said, “I feel that she smells like patchouli oil… or weed. Yeah, maybe weed.” Rancic has publicly apologized.
What’s more curious is Zendaya’s appearance at the Oscars. She is exclusively a TV actress. She stars in K.C. Undercover (she plays the lead K.C. Cooper) and co-starred with Bella Thorne in Disney’s Shake It Up! (2010-2013). Was her appearance at the Oscars meant as a signal to Hollywood that she’s ready for the big screen?