Zoe Saldana appears in a lovely cover shot on the front of next month’s Allure Magazine, but the headline is what’s getting the most attention this week.
The line reads, “Zoe Saldana: 115 Pounds Of Grit And Heartache”, and many are upset that the magazine would choose to publish an actress’s weight where anyone can see it. Maureen O’Connor of The Cut says that presenting that number as a healthy weight to young women isn’t a good idea, and reinforces an unhealthy celebrity image.
“Since numerical representations of weight rarely grace the covers of women’s magazines, we conclude that this number must be special,” she wrote. “Since 115 isn’t a large enough number to suggest defiance, we conclude that 115 is a number meant to represent an attractively tiny weight. Delicate and tiny, making her “grit” all the more charming. Just a tiny little pretty thing, but boy, little missy packs a punch! A rare catch, that 115-pounder, same size as the prize tuna fish.”
Many celebrities have spoken out against the way the media treats women in Hollywood; Ashley Judd wrote a strong article last year after photos of her looking “puffy” surfaced online and she was blasted for either having plastic surgery or for gaining weight, both of which were untrue according to her.
Allure has had no comment on the headline, nor has Saldana. The article discusses the actress’s sexuality, however, and includes a photo of her posing in the nude.