• Tue, May 14 2013

Zoë Saldana’s Allure Cover Focuses On Her Weight Like a Jerk (NSFW)

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On the cover of next month’s Allure (hits news stands May 21), Zoë Saldana smiles beautifully. It’s no surprise that she looks like an absolute goddess with divine curls, naturally glowing makeup and relatively minimal styling.

Inside, a beautiful (and implied nude) spread by photographer Tom Munro, as well as some compelling thoughts from the actress on sexuality and romance. Her ideas and opinions are intelligent, everything is great, but we have just one question: why did the editors feel the need to emphasize her weight on the cover?

Zoe Saldana inside Allure

The offending coverline sizes the the Star Trek actress as “115 Pounds of Grit and Heartache.” Styleite postulates that Allure is trying to concoct some controversy, which makes sense; people love calculating body statistics and speculating wildly about the physical and mental health of a stranger. If they’re not trying to stir up trouble, they’re just obtuse and trying too hard to be cute.

It’s patronizing to define her by her weight on the cover, but beyond that, the phrasing alone of this sentence seems infantalizing. Isn’t it adorable that someone so tiny feels heartbreak? Isn’t it precious that a slight woman can get gritty? The contrast is just darling: she’s a pretty little thing who thinks she’s people!

Whomever chose this coverline has their priorities mixed up. The quotes from Saldana could be far more provocative than her weight, which should be completely irrelevant and need not be included. She discusses juicy stuff like dating actors, as well as substantial topics like race, misogyny and sexuality, but who cares about that boring stuff when you can get straight to comparing her BMI to your own? In the interview, Saldana complains that it’s tough to be ”a woman in a man’s world,” and she’s right — especially when your body matters more than your thoughts.

Images via Allure.

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  • Cee

    I would rather focus on the fact that she said she could end up raising a family with a woman. I VOLUNTEER AS TRIBUTE!

    • Joanna Rafael

      She’s way more interesting than the number on the scale!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=52200729 Tekoa S. Smith

    Never ceases to amaze me that women in the media are being exploited more and more. Saldana’s body type is commented on every where. Allure is “giving the people what they want” by finally revealing the magic number that makes Saldana’s body so worthy of discussing. Everyone who’s been obsessing about her dancer body and the fact that she’s a slim woman of color now have the number they were concocting in their head. “How much does she weight?” “How tall is she?” “What size does she wear?” “What does she eat?” Are all questions women ask themselves and search for in magazines as another way to compare themselves to someone else. That seems to be the only way women are presented in the media: as a comparison or guide standard for other women. My day was better before I knew how much Saldana weighs.

    • Joanna Rafael

      Exactly! When presented with what you astutely call “magic numbers,” it’s hard to avoid comparing them to your own. No one wins. I hope your day gets better!

  • http://www.facebook.com/jose.montana3 Jose Montana

    my wife weighs one ten, whats the point…my wife is proprtional and careful on her diet.
    who cares what she weighs unless you need something to talk about
    ps my wife gave birth two weeks ago

    • Joanna Rafael

      This comment is such a bummer. Your wife just gave birth and yet, you’re bragging about her weight like that’s what’s impressive and important about her. It doesn’t matter what your wife weighs; it doesn’t matter what Zoe Saldana weighs. That’s the point.

  • MasterTroll69

    OMG