Bella Thorne and Zendaya haven’t appeared onscreen together in more than five years, yet fans and the media can’t stop comparing them to each other, and they’ve had enough. Thorne recently slammed Seventeen Mexico for pitting her against her former “Shake It Up” costar in a “beauty battle.”
On Tuesday, Seventeen Mexico tweeted a side-by-side picture of Thorne and Zendaya, asking its followers who looked better in sensual red lipstick. The contest, which Seventeen Mexico labeled as a “#beautybattle,” asked followers to retweet if they thought Zendaya looked better and favorite if they preferred Thorne.
After catching wind of the contest, Thorne lashed out at Seventeen Mexico for pitting her against her longtime friend and former Disney Channel costar. She called the contest “not right,” and expressed her disappointment in fans who continue to compare the women years after their show ended. She ended her tweet by sending love to Zendaya.
“Beauty battle? That’s not right. Damn it’s been years and people still wanna pin us against each other in some way. 😦 love you z,” Thorne tweeted.
Many fans agreed with Thorne, accusing Seventeen Mexico of sexism for pitting two women against each other for their looks. Several fan argued that “no real woman is batting over beauty,” while others urged the publication to empower women rather than tear them down.
We completely agree. Thorne and Zendaya are beautiful, strong individuals in their own right, and comparing them fosters negativity and hate between women. Seventeen Mexico has a huge influence over teenagers, and it should do better to promote positivity rather than hate.