Zendaya on Those Seriously Altered Photos: "I'm Proud of My Body and I Know What I Look Like"


See something, say something! Zendaya Coleman has never been shy about speaking her mind, and her latest cause even made a magazine stop its printing

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Credit: Zendaya Coleman’s unretouched photos show just how much Modeliste Magazine altered her body for a photo shoot.

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Upon her first look at the distorted pictures of her body in November’s Modeliste Magazine, the 19-year-old Disney alum knew something was wrong. “[I could tell] right away,” the “Replay” singer, who introduced Kerry Washington at the ACLU Southern California Bill of Rights Dinner in L.A. on Sunday, Nov. 8, tells Us Weekly exclusively at the event. “I’m proud of my body, and I know what I look like. For me, it was very easy to tell.”

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The K.C. Undercover star says her decision to take action and share the unretouched photos from the shoot wasn’t just about her image, it was about her impressionable fans. “There’s a lot of young people out there that needed to hear that and needed to see that and connect to it,” she tells Us. “You have no control over what the world is going to say, but like I was saying, if there’s a young person out there that needed that message and got that, then that’s who it was meant for.”

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Zendaya originally took to her Instagram page on Oct. 20 to show her displeasure at how much her body had been altered, sharing a side-by-side image of the unretouched photo and the Photoshopped one. The difference was clear — her butt had been rounded out, her skin had been changed, and her (already slim) hips and waist had been narrowed. 

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Tell Us: What do you think of Zendaya’s strong message to her young fans?  Tweet with @UsWeekly using the hashtag #stylebyUs!

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