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Zendaya honored with Barbie

Designers at Barbie are honoring actress/singer Zendaya Coleman for fighting back against controversial remarks made about her headline-grabbing look at the 2015 Oscars ceremony.

The star hit headlines in February (15) after Fashion Police co-host Giuliana Rancic joked the teen smelled like "patchouli... maybe weed" while commenting on the hippie-style dreadlocks the 19 year old debuted at the Academy Awards.


Coleman fired back, branding the remarks "offensive" and "disrespectful," and Rancic subsequently apologized, following a race storm that prompted co-host Kelly Osbourne to quit the show.


Barbie bosses are now praising Coleman for taking a stand against the critical remarks and they have designed a doll patterned after her look at the awards ceremony.


A statement from Coleman reads: "I'm excited to be a part of the new direction the Barbie brand is headed, specifically how they are celebrating diversity in the line and encouraging kids to raise their voices.


"It's a positive message to send to my fans, including my nieces."


The star will be feted at the Barbie Rock 'N Royals Concert Experience in Hollywood next weekend (26-27Sep15).