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Every year when awards season rolls around, celebs' style choices become fodder for review. Last year, Zendaya learned the hard way that such reviews aren't always positive. In fact, they can be downright offensive.

At the 2015 Oscars, the actress and singer arrived wearing her hair in long dreadlocks, a style that sparked Giuliana Rancic to suggest she looked like she "smells like patchouli oil ... or maybe weed."

Giuliana later apologized, claiming her remark "had nothing to do with race," but not before celebrities came out in force to defend the teenage star.

A year later, Zendaya sees a silver lining to the whole fiasco.

"It empowered me to continue to break down boundaries and to expand the mold of what beautiful is to people," she told Page Six over the weekend.

"[The incident] kind of reassured the fact that what I'm doing, as far as fashion, is bigger than just pretty clothes and going to fashion shows and being cute and getting pictures taken."