“It would have been wrong if they were lying (about the weight)…. I’ve always been 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.” – Zoe
with a cover headline that reads: “Zoe Saldana: 115 Pounds of Grit and Heartache,” allure magazine has managed to get more than a few women pissed off. saldana, very much loved around these parts, for her acting chops and conversation on sex and life, was nothing compared to that three digit number that ran alongside her interview. the article focuses in on saladan’s many talents as well as race and her sexuality, but many couldn’t get past her weight on the cover. from twitter to facebook people went in saying it was tacky, rude and a bit dangerous seeing as young girls would be reading the issue. allure followed up with this statement saying: “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.”
we get it. as women we really do. though we think that allure was trying to be complimentary in their statement – as in pint-sized saldana is doing big things – we currently live in a society that’s at war when it comes to weight no matter which size of the spectrum you’re on so at the end of the day, her weight should have been irrelevant to the article. we do think, however, more often than not, adults are more than capable of figuring out weight issues on their own and since allure is not a teen magazine (which parents should be all up in their teens business about what they are reading and helping to mold their self-esteem and not leaving it up to celebrities to set the standard), that the uproar is a bit extra. but we still get it. could it be considered tacky considering the current state of weight and body issues in this country and could the delivery have been better? yes, but is the decision one that will make us stop reading allure? no. we also realize that had zoe been plus-sized allure wouldn’t have dared printed her weight, but just because she is not, we don’t feel that it was done solely in direct reflection of said fact.
what do you think of allure’s decision to print zoe saldana’s weight on the cover?