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Lauren Bacall, 1952 Bacall attended with husband – who picked up an Oscar for his role in the African Queen – wearing gorgeous soft waves that, in the days before on-call glam squads, she may have set herself. (Photo: Getty)
E!’s Fashion Police are known for their harsh criticism of stars looks on the red carpet, but this time, host Giuliana Rancic may have taken things too far. During Monday night’s broadcast of the post-Oscars Fashion Police show, Rancic commented on actress and singer Zendaya’s choice to wear dreadlocks on the Oscars red carpet, saying, “I feel like she smells like patchouli oil. Maybe weed?” Zendaya took to Twitter on Monday night to respond to Rancic’s comments, calling her remarks “outrageously offensive.” In the Twitter post, which has over 35,000 retweets and 38,000 favorites, Zendaya lists prominent men and women who also wear their hair in dreadlocks and recommends that people go and listen to India Arie’s song, “I Am Not My Hair”, before judging others. “My wearing my hair in locs on an Oscar red carpet was to showcase them in a positive light, to remind people of color that our hair is good enough.” Many of Zendaya’s fans, including Khloé Kardashian, took to Twitter in support of her statement and look. Rancic tried to clear the air on Twitter early Tuesday morning suggesting that her comment was not related to race.
In an industry that loves to love itself, E!’s Fashion Police has become a hit thanks to its critical—and often brutally honest—look at fashion. In reality, however, it’s been quite tame since the loss of Joan Rivers. Until this weekend, when the show’s Oscars special took the dissecting and skewering of one star’s look a little too far. Zendaya, the Disney actress and rising popstar, wore a champagne-colored silk gown from Vivienne Westwood with off the shoulder straps to her first ever Academy Awards. Vogue recently called the singer “one part Lisa Bonet, one part Venus de Milo, and all very grown up,” and many deemed the mature look a highlight of the night, while others called her a style star to watch (including us!). But Giuliana Rancic didn’t agree with the general consensus. “I feel like she smells like patchouli oil… or maybe weed,” the host said on air about Zendaya’s hair. Social media immediately erupted in reaction to Rancic’s comment, with many saying she was both ignorant and racist for thinking (and saying) what she did.