After bearing it all on the June cover of Allure Magazine it’s Zoe Saldana’s weight on the cover not her nude body receiving controversy. The headline under 34-year-old Saldana’s picture reads “Zoe Saldana: 115 Pounds of Grit and Heartache.”
Readers are concerned about young girls struggling with body image issues getting the wrong message, especially those with eating disorders.
The “Star Trek” star defended the magazine’s editorial decision and explained during an interview on “Today”:
“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 I am. I’ve always been a very thin frame, I was a ballet dancer. I don’t think it was to make an issue of my weight. I think it was to say for a lightweight person, I seem to be really strong-minded.”
Allure decided to open up discussion on their facebook page stating:
There’s been some talk around the blogosphere about the cover line for our story about Zoë Saldana, “115 Pounds of Grit and Heartache.” The girl is a powerhouse. And we were so impressed by what a tough, confident woman Saldana is (on-screen, in her action-movie roles, and off) that we wanted to capture that. But some people have said citing her weight on the cover was a mistake. Here’s your chance to sound off: Tell us what you think!”
Bonnie Fuller, editor at The Hollywood Life, said Allure may not have intended to cause a media frenzy.
“I really think the editors were setting out to be complimentary,” she said. “They wanted to show that a woman could be small in size, but powerful in spirit.”
What are your thoughts on Saldana’s weight on the cover of Allure?