Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards 2016 - ArrivalsFeaturing: ZendayaWhere: Los Angeles, California, United StatesWhen: 12 Mar 2016Credit: FayesVision/

If you watched the 2016 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards on Saturday night, you’ll know that the show was great for far more reasons than just waiting to see what poor celebrities were going to get slimed (spoiler alert: lots of them did). The Kids’ Choice Awards featured some gorgeous red carpet fashion and a brilliant acceptance speech courtesy of Zendaya. However, Zendaya’s speech was overshadowed when comedy writer and actress Julie Klausner from Difficult People took to Twitter to body shame Zendaya.

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Zendaya won the Kids’ Choice Award for Favorite Female TV star for her show K.C. Undercover. In her speech, Zendaya thanked her fans as well as her fans’ parents for allowing her to be a role model for kids. She went on to say that it is something she didn’t take for granted. If you haven’t seen the speech for yourself yet, check it out:


Julie went on Twitter and wrote: “And thinspo model for your impressionable tweens.” She followed it up with a tweet that referenced the Fashion Police dreadlocks comment controversy between Zendaya and Giuliana Rancic:

Then she said:

It wasn’t long before Zendaya responded to the shade. Zendaya took to Twitter to shut down Julie:

FYI: that hashtag started when the Fashion Police scandal first went down.

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Julie responded simply with a “Can’t wait.” Things then got heated as Julie continued and Zendaya fans came to the star’s defense. Many called out Julie and said it was wrong for her to attack a 19-year-old. Julie said that she was concerned for children growing up, and she does not worry about Zendaya’s health or what she eats:

 Zendaya posted another tweet focusing on body acceptance while Julie continued to tweet with Zendaya fans. Zendaya wrote: “Now….everyone go look in the mirror at their beautiful body, and love that shit #thickgirlswinning #skinnygirlswinning #weallwinning” It’s simple, it’s body positive and it’s better than responding to each negative tweet.

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It’s a shame that Zendaya’s acceptance speech got overshadowed by the Twitter controversy. However, the incident further proves what a good role model Zendaya is. She isn’t going to let someone say hateful things about her. She is going to respond to the situation and send a positive message to everyone out there. Go Zendaya.

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