Zoe Saldana has seen a lot of publicity recently. The new Star Trek film is out, garnering her yet more praise as Lt Uhura; she the subject of much controversy on her decision to portray Nina Simone in the biopic about her live and it turns out that she has revealed a whole lot more than her body in Allure magazine.
Zoe’s picture on the cover of Allure shows the beautiful actress looking over her left shoulder wearing little more than her stunning smile. The cover also shows her weight, 115 pounds (or about 8 stone 2 pounds if you are an English fan).
The caption reads – 115 pounds of grit and heartache.
Ms Saldana has defended her decision to allow her weight to be revealed in the magazine. In an interview on the Today Show she told Co-host Savannah Guthrie, “I think it would have been wrong if they were lying about my weight. This is how much I weigh. It’s something I can’t control. It’s who am. I’ve always been of a very thin frame. I was a ballet dancer. So they wanted to do that. I don’t think it was to make an issue of my weight. I think it was to talk about that for a lightweight person I seem to be really strong minded.”
Just by looking at the images on the cover and inside the magazine, it’s not hard to tell Saldana is slender but broadcasting her weight has attracted a lot of attention.
Considering that the photographs show more of Zoe than has been on display before, she felt the need to be completely revealing about more than just her weight.
About the photo shoot she said, “It’s something I’ve never done publically with a magazine. I had never been by myself wearing my birthday uniform and I sort of wanted to be bold and be myself and be naked in a very symbolic way.”
Of course the other revealing aspect of the Allure feature was her discussion about her relationships, past and future. She was very frank and open with her feelings and what she wanted from a relationship. A lot of attention was paid to her confession during the interview that, “[I might] end up with a woman raising my children.That’s how androgynous I am.”
When she was asked whether she had actually dated someone of the same gender she responded, “Promise me one thing: You’re going to ask this question [in the article] – -[and] if you choose to, just put three dots as my response. That’s it.”
Ms Saldana then explained, “What was important for me is to get out that whatever I decide to do with my sexual preference will be my prerogative and my right. As of now I’ve been attracted to the male species. I don’t know if that will continue but if one day I wake up and feel differently about who I find attractive I wil do that and I will be supported and loved by those that support and love me.”
By Michael Smith