The June issue of Allure has the usual headlines about what beauty products to buy and how to get good hair and better skin. Also thrown into the sexy, sun-kissed mix is this tidbit of information about their cover girl: “Zoe Saldana: 115 Pounds Of Grit And Heartache.” Hey, she’s slight but this gal’s got might!
Do the editors of a beauty magazine think of a celebrity’s weight as just some random fun fact to share with their readers? No, of course they don’t. It’s aspirational. Even if the number itself is completely out of the realm of healthy possibility for most women, it reinforces a longing — that dream of ultimate thinness. It’s defining. An entire interview with Saldana and how do they describe the stand out qualities they learned about her for their cover? In pounds. But what is most insidious about that headline is that it immediately forces comparison. For many women, that comparison is likely to stoke insecurity. Even if it doesn’t, it’s still a giant waste of time and energy: Do you weigh less or more? But wait, are you big-boned or small-boned? You might weigh this much, but actually you wear this size in pants or that size in tops. You felt best about yourself when you were this weight. You’re proud of your weight and fuck anyone who says you shouldn’t be! Keep reading »
Fashion! Sometimes, it’s weird. Even on the ridiculously lovely, 115-pound Zoe Saldana! I love the asymmetrical hemline, and the shoes are perfection, but I just can’t really get behind anything that offers a sheer panel for easy bellybutton access. But Zoe does look great overall… I guess you could say I’m torn. What do you think?
Allure has always been the fluffiest of beauty magazines, as if tailor-made for reading during a pedicure. The June 2013 cover with Zoe Saldana made an extremely odd editorial choice: it listed the actress’ weight on the cover. “Zoe Saldana, 115 Pounds of Grit And Heartache,” the cover line reads. What the fuck, Allure? I suppose they’re insinuating that Saldana is a wispy little thing but she’s also gritty and tough, because apparently you can’t be skinny and tough, or something?
But, really, who cares? It’s not necessary to know how much an actress weighs, especially since the numbers on a scale reveal very little of the person’s actual health. (Take, for instance, Anne Hathaway’s dramatic weight loss for “Les Miserables,” which by all accounts, made her truly miserable and unhealthy.) There’s so much pressure for women, other actresses and models in particular, to look attain a mainstream definition of attractiveness, and how much other women with other bodies weigh is not helpful.
This is a total fail, Allure.
Kirk and Spock — it may be the most beloved bromance in science fiction history. The iconic intergalactic pair has brought back to life in J.J. Abrams reboot of the “Star Trek” franchise, with Chris Pine taking the captain’s chair as James T. Kirk and Zachary Quinto stepping into the shoes of his Star Fleet sidekick, Mister Spock.
In the upcoming “Star Trek Into Darkness,” Kirk faces some competition as the apple of Spock’s eye — in Uhura, the easy-on-the-eyes U.S.S. Enterprise communications officer played by the beautiful Zoë Saldana.
“Mine is a romance, theirs is a bromance. Isn’t that funny?” Saldana told to Celebuzz’s Cory Lopez of the on-screen “love” triangle. But at the root, the two relationships are quite similar, as both Kirk and Uhura are helping Spock find a balance in his half-human, half-Vulcan heritage. Read more on Celebuzz…
Hey y’all, I just wanna give a shoutout to Zoe Saldana, who has been absolutely killing it everywhere she goes. Between two “Star Trek Into Darkness” events this week, and the MTV Movie Awards earlier this month, lady has been looking ahhhhhh-mazing. These looks are all seriously difficult to pull off, but she is Seriously Doing It. I can’t remember the last time I was this wowed by a star’s fashion prowess. Again: killing it.
Zoe Saldana shows us that just because it’s frickin’ gross out, doesn’t mean we have to dress like a bunch of depressed, moody teenagers. Her bright yellow pea coat is happiness in clothing form, don’t you think? Get her look, after the jump! Keep reading »
When the big news was announced last week that Zoe Saldana would be playing singer Nina Simone in a biopic, black cyberspace (yes, there is a “black Twitter” and a “black Facebook”) let out a collective “Oh, hell to the naw”!
For some it was because they did not believe that Zoe had enough acting talent to pull it off. Nina Simone was an extremely complex woman in real life, and the actress assigned to do this would be embarking upon the role of a lifetime. For others, the statements ranged from “Can Zoe even sing?” to “Wait, I thought she said she was a Latina?” to “Zoe is too skinny to play Nina Simone anyway!”
As the debate continued, it became clear to me that the issues surrounding the casting of Zoe ran much deeper than her acting ability. It was “skin deep.” Once again we were seeing an example of how Hollywood just doesn’t understand black women. To mainstream America, Black is “one color fits all.” But to African-American women, the color of our skin is much more than a random hue. In many ways, it uniquely shapes who we are and how we are treated in the world. For us, body image and self-esteem does not only involve loving your womanly body for the shape of it, but also embracing your complexion, hair texture and other features in a culture that constantly reminds you that thin white women are the standard of beauty. Keep reading »
Earlier this week, Zoe Saldana attended the Persol Magnificent Obsessions: 30 Stories of Craftsmanship In Film event. She wore this military-inflected ensemble and looked totally gorgeous. You don’t much see this deep green — especially in combination with navy, but it really looks spectacular on her. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that she’s wearing head-to-toe Louis Vuitton that helped her pull the look off?