Every woman needs a sassy BFF who can step in to defend her against trolls. And when that friend happens to be a celebrity offering a modeling contract? Even better!
Zendaya, the actress and singer who has her own fashion line, was minding her own business, doing her own fabulous thing, when she stumbled across some cruel body-shaming from Twitter user @StarpowerXCV on Friday.
The original tweet has been deleted, but screen grabs show that it featured a side-by-side of an unnamed woman's selfies — one face, one full-body — with the caption, "Never trust a top half posing a-- female lmfao."
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Zendaya decided to use her platform to clap back at the meme's creator in front of 7.2 million followers, saying, "She is fine as hell head to toe and garunteed (sic) does't (sic) know you exist my man."
She then asked for help finding the woman, saying that she'd love to feature her as a model for her clothing line, Daya by Zendaya.
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Twitter, of course, came through! The woman, a student who goes by the handle @_illestCee, joyfully accepted, saying that "becoming a plus size model has been my number one goal."
(And, for context, here are few more of @_illestCee's glamour shots. Serious model status!)
Unfortunately, @StarpowerXCV continues to shade her from afar. We won't dignify those tweets by reprinting them, but the rest of the internet is having none of it. As one Twitter user eloquently put it, "haters never prosper."
And definitely not when Zendaya is involved. Thanks for the inspiring display of girl power, ladies — and good luck with the modeling career, @_illestCee!