This High School Senior Got In Trouble For Copying Zendaya’s Outfit

Senior Hannah Whitley started her last year of high school with a bang. Looking for a little style inspiration, she decided to go to school channeling 20-year-old Zendaya. And honestly, who wouldn’t want to do just that? The Spiderman actress is one of the most influential young stars, and it's not just because of how woke she is, or how easily she can switch up her hair — it's because she knows how to put together a look.
Whitley arrived at school dressed in a striped sleeveless shirt, pants with a paperbag waist, and flats. Sounds chic, right? It was. But, Whitley shared a side-by-side on Twitter, writing “When you just wanna look like @Zendaya but you get a dress code violation for being too provocative?,” adding the hashtag #senioryearblues.
Understandably, Twitter couldn’t believe she got in trouble for her outfit, and users were quick to offer up support. Even Zendaya saw the tweet and replied, “Provocative....where??? You look amazing.”
Comedian Kym Whitley (who happens to be Hannah's aunt) wrote: “Your principal was hating because she wanted your shoes! But you do look like Zendaya!! Well done Niece”
When asked what the actual problem was, Whitley replied: “No, I actually broke no official rules. My principle was insinuating I wore that outfit to get attention from boys, when I only wanted to look sophisticated and cute.” Sigh.
Whitley seems like Zendaya in more ways than one: Like the actress said in her Vogue cover story: “A lot of people don't realize their power. I have so many friends who say yes to everything or feel like they can't stand up for themselves in a situation... No: You have the power.
She then thanked Zendaya for, what she described as, “helping me to turn lemons into lemonade.” And while we appreciate her optimism, isn't it about time we call it quits with the ridiculous (and frankly, sexist) school dress codes?
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