Zendaya Defends Herself from Body-Shaming Twitter Tirade

This is what taking the high road looks like.

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Just when you thought we were done with women randomly criticizing (opens in new tab) other women's bodies (opens in new tab)Difficult People creator Julie Klausner decided to go after Zendaya…the night of her Kids' Choice Award win. Nice.

The young actress' *thing* (besides acting and singing and schooling racist commenters) is body positivity, so after retweeting Klausner, she went in, referencing the essay she wrote after Giuliana Rancic joked about her dreadlocks (opens in new tab) at last year's Oscars.

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What followed: multitudes of Zendaya fans trying to show Klausner why her way of thinking is problematic, Klausner escalating the situation by comparing Zendaya to Kim Jong Un (opens in new tab), and finally, an uneasy truce. 

SMDH.

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Chelsea Peng is a writer and editor who was formerly the assistant editor at MarieClaire.com. She's also worked for The Strategist and Refinery29, and is a graduate of Northwestern University. On her tombstone, she would like a GIF of herself that's better than the one that already exists on the Internet and a free fro-yo machine. Besides frozen dairy products, she's into pirates, carbs, Balzac, and snacking so hard she has to go lie down.