Zendaya's Former Publicist Told Her She Should "Just Be Happy" to Be a Black Woman on a Mag Cover

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Needless to say, the publicist no longer works for the starlet.

If there's anyone in young Hollywood who isn't afraid to speak her mind, it's Zendaya — whether it comes to shutting down online trolls or calling out an actress for body-shaming her. Now the 19-year-old has revealed an instance in which she had to deal with an inappropriate comment from a former publicist.

"I didn't like my hair and makeup one time on a photo shoot, and my publicist told me, 'You should just be happy with it — they haven't had a black girl on the cover since forever,' " Zendaya told Cosmopolitan in the magazine's July issue. "She's no longer my publicist."

The Disney Channel star doesn't specify the glossy in question, but her recent mag-cover appearances include Wonderland, Marie Claire, W, Teen Vogue, Galore, Flare and Modeliste. She took aim at the latter last October, calling out Modeliste for Photoshopping her.

"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," she wrote on Instagram at the time. "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."


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You tell 'em, Zendaya.