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?
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.