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Zendaya Calls Out Magazine for Making her Lighter & Giving her Hips in Retouched Photo!



Leave it to Zendaya to set a magazine straight.

Modeliste Magazine recently debuted the 19-year-old star as their new cover girl, with a fab editorial shoot to boot. After sending images from the shoot to the young singer/actress, she noticed she wasn’t exactly looking an identical portrayal of herself. Apparently the magazine had gone a bit too far with the retouching skills and altered her photo, giving her hips and making her lighter. And Zendaya was not having it.

She called out the magazine by posting this message on her Instagram page;

Zendaya - BellaNaija - October 2015

Had a new shoot come out today and was shocked when I found my 19 year old hips and torso quite manipulated. These are the things that make women self conscious, that create the unrealistic ideals of beauty that we have. Anyone who knows who I am knows I stand for honest and pure self love. So I took it upon myself to release the real pic (right side) and I love it.

The magazine must have seen Zendaya’s post and taken down the retouched images, as she ended the Instagram PSA with –
Thank you @ModelisteMagazine for pulling down the images and fixing this retouch issue.”

A lot of her fans have been commending the actress for standing up for what is right and exposing the magazine. However, there are a few who think she could have handled it better by speaking with the magazine privately.

What are your thoughts?

Photo Credit: @Zendaya | (Instagram)

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  1. Sweetchy

    October 21, 2015 at 1:17 pm

    She acted childishly. Why call out the magazine on Instagram instead of handling it privately. She might be true to her self but too much of everything is bad. I bet no brand would want to use her as cover or model ever again.

    • ANGELA

      October 21, 2015 at 2:17 pm

      “I bet no brand would want to use her as a cover or model ever again”


      She did the right thing biko and any civilized person should respect her for that cos its her own way of life.


    • ENNY**

      October 21, 2015 at 8:56 pm

      How ’bout that!

    • Bosslady

      October 21, 2015 at 2:23 pm

      Hian! Because she said her mind thats why no brand would want her abi? I BIND AND CAST THAT SPIRIT OF NAIJA MENTALITY IN YOU!!! LET IT FALL DOWN AND DIE IJN AMEN!!!

    • anon

      May 24, 2016 at 11:53 am

      LOL…yeah right! Check again!

  2. Amaaa

    October 21, 2015 at 1:31 pm

    Publicity stunt

  3. Cher

    October 21, 2015 at 1:41 pm

    She didn’t curse and she wasn’t rude . She simply spoke her mind . I guess cause she disn’t yell “what’s good” Yall have something to say !

    • Naturallyziny

      October 21, 2015 at 1:54 pm

      Exactly. she did the right thing for sure,

  4. Aries

    October 21, 2015 at 2:14 pm

    Everything for Nigerians is a Publicity stunt!!!

  5. Sweetchy

    October 21, 2015 at 2:28 pm

    I fully understand the fact that she doesn’t want to be fake but she should have handled this maturely even without pushing it. People misuse social media sincerely. The need for posting this on Instagram would have arose if the Magazine didn’t listen to her by taking down the pics. She went ahead to babble all she could even when the said magazine already took down the pics. Childish act of the highest order. And yes! it’s a publicity stunt.

  6. kcz

    October 21, 2015 at 2:48 pm

    fine she should have handled it privately but if she hadn’t done it this way. people will still come out and say she retouched her photos not minding it could be fault from the magazine. in either way, she will still get more jobs. stop bringing in negative energy

  7. Cynthia

    October 21, 2015 at 2:57 pm

    “Handled it with maturity”
    She is 19 YEARS OLD and she handled it as a 19 YEARS OLD with her head screwed tight should!
    Big Ups!
    Airbrushing has killed so many woman…we should commend her for speaking up and not putting her down.
    Why didn’t they ask her if she wanted to be airbrushed before posting? Public figures should be given the option and courtesy of choosing how they want to appear to their fans….don’t make them unrealistic or lie by omission or whatever it is they do with one software called photoshop and its variants….

    • ATL's finest

      October 21, 2015 at 6:34 pm

      @ Cynthia thank U! Handle wetin? She’s only 19. Folks in there 50’s take every thing to social media let alone a 19 yes old. My dear not everyone wanna live a fake life. These days, very few people don’t take everything to Social media.

    • Jas

      November 29, 2015 at 12:45 pm

      To safguard the rights and interest of both the model and publication legal agreements are signed before the shoot. After the shoot the publication and model both sign off on the final image if they concent to having it released. I cannot imagine she had no say in the final product. It is simply not possible considering she is a big star. So i am guessing it is all a charade.

  8. princess lulu

    October 21, 2015 at 3:18 pm

    i understand what they did wasnt right.,but they didnt have bad intentions…..i feel zendaya just have a tendency of being overly dramatic…i mean someone values you enough to offer a job, why not just fix the issue privately, did they refuse ? ……She is always so defensive and its becoming too much….
    Yeah it might become an issue in the future, because i woudnt wanna hire someone that will bsh me in public if things dont go the way she expects them too…..(But thats just MY OPINION)

  9. Ano

    October 21, 2015 at 4:08 pm

    Her own sef dey too much. Every small thing she will write long epistle… trying to prove what exactly. Anyway, her cup of coffee

  10. Mpoita

    October 21, 2015 at 4:29 pm

    mbok people are breaking up their marriages and resigning via Instagram/Facebook/Twitter… why should she ask privately for something that will encourage young women to love themselves?? abeg Zendaya, well done o jare!

  11. Tosin

    October 21, 2015 at 6:40 pm

    first Zendaya article i’ve clicked on, didn’t know what she was before now, so apparently she’s a slim-hipped , young, and straight-talking model somewhere ‘in d abroad’
    good stuff. if na aunt beehive now, … she go retouch sotay photoshop go enter turbo 😀

  12. Belle

    October 21, 2015 at 6:51 pm

    Bella Naija,
    She said the picture on the right is the right picture. Meaning, they took away her hips… not added (giving her) hips. I’m glad she spoke out… it makes young girls strive for unrealistic bodies. Also, her qualm wasn’t with her color in the retouched pic. As you can see, they gave her a tan, not made her lighter.

    • Thank you

      October 21, 2015 at 7:47 pm

      Thank you Belle, i was beginning to wonder if i was the only that got what Zendaya was actually saying, lol

    • peach

      October 22, 2015 at 10:09 am

      exactly what i thought…she said the picture on the right is the real pic… twisted it

  13. Mabel

    October 21, 2015 at 8:03 pm

    Her parents raised her well, I like her fearlessness and courage to address the status quo. So many young stars get suckered into the system, I like that she is going the path less travelled and not being their puppet.

  14. Bola

    October 21, 2015 at 9:33 pm

    Quite the opposite BellaNaija. The picture on the left is the retouched one. The original is the whiter one with rounder hips

  15. PurpleiciousBabe

    October 21, 2015 at 9:41 pm

    She did the right thing…. tho its more publicity for the magazine lol.
    I like that she takes everything to social media that how she connects with her fans so #nojudging.

  16. Eva

    October 22, 2015 at 5:12 am

    Bella naija, please edit they took her hips away not add.

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