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Zendaya Celebrates a Positive Body Image with Her Gorgeous Anti-Photoshop Instagram

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The latest in celebrities standing against unnecessary Photoshopping, Zendaya proved that her hips don't lie when she posted an un-retouched image after Modeliste magazine published a glossy shot that whittled her famous figure down to stick-figure proportions.

"I was shocked to find my 19-year-old hips and torso quite manipulated," she wrote on Instagram, next to side-by-side pictures showing how altered the published image was. "These are the things that make women self-conscious, that create the unrealistic ideals of beauty we have." Indeed, if a 19-year-old's hips aren't thin or beautiful enough, then we're all really screwed. (Similarly, Will Khloé Kardashian Ever Catch a Break from Body Image Haters?!)

She then called for Modeliste to remove the scary-skinny snap from their site, which they did, replacing it with the original. And after seeing both pictures, we're not even sure why they felt the need to airbrush her in the first place—she's absolutely stunning, from the tops of her insane cheekbones all the way through the natural, normal curves of her hips and thighs.

This isn't the first time the smart teen has been outspoken about body image issues, especially for women of color. After the Oscars this year, she made headlines when she called out the racist jokes and criticism about her red-carpet hairstyle of dreadlocks. She defended her locks, name-checking everyone from black actors and academics to her father and cousin who also wear their hair in the traditional style. She said, "There is already harsh criticism of African American hair in society without the help of ignorant people who choose to judge others based on the curl of their hair." She added she wore her hair in locks as a way to showcase the style in a positive light and to "remind people of color that our hair is good enough." (Try these Hair-Saving Gym Tricks for African-American Women.)

Guiliana Rancic, who was central to the controversy, publicly apologized while curly-haired girls of all colors rejoiced. Mattel even recognized her bravery with a limited-edition Zendaya Barbie Doll, complete with 'locks and a red-carpet smile.

"Anyone who knows who I am knows I stand for honest and pure self-love," she added in her recent Instagram post. There's nothing we like to hear more, Zendaya.


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