Remember yesterday, when my dear fellow writer Joanna voiced her displeasure at Allure‘s decision to put Zoe Saldana‘s weight on the cover? Well, given the immediate backlash against that choice, Saldana wound up going on NBC’s Today show this morning to speak with Savannah Guthrie about it.
In her interview, Saldana basically said she was cool with it:
“I think it would’ve been wrong if they had been lying… about my weight. How much I weigh, it’s something about who I am I can’t control. I’ve always had a very thin frame. 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.”
The issue isn’t how much she weighs, or whether or not Allure was accurate in their numbers. The issue is that they put it on the cover in the first place, and that they felt it necessary to distinguish between “normal lightweight person with inherent weakness” versus “lightweight person who is strong-minded.”
I think the frustrating part about all of this isn’t merely that they put her weight on the cover, but that they could have chosen so many more interesting things from her interview to focus on for the cover. Her sexuality, for example, was a fascinating topic because she was so open about it being fluid — something few famous folks will dare say (unless they retract it later, ahem). She’s an intellectually stimulating person; not a slab of steak. And though it goes without saying, I have to say it: there’s no way they would publish a male actor’s weight on the cover.
So, yes, I still care. Even if she doesn’t care, I can’t help but feel frustrated with it. Plus, few celebrities will act in a manner that might be deemed “ungracious” toward a magazine who just put them on the cover; though we just have to take her word for it, I’m not entirely convinced that she has such positive feelings toward the matter.
As a side note — and I really want to stress that this is totally irrelevant to my feelings on what she said about Allure — did anybody think her dress was hilariously bad at the premier of Star Trek Into Darkness?
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