The June issue of Allure, featuring Zoe Saldana, printed the actress' weight on its cover to an outcry from readers who see the decision as negative and regressive.
But the 34-year-old actress has defended the magazine's cover-line, which reads: 'Zoe Saldana: 115 Pounds of Grit and Heartache.'On the Today show this morning, promoting her new movie Star Trek Into Darkness, which opens Thursday, she said: '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.'
She added: 'It would have been wrong if they were lying about my weight... but I've always been a very thin frame...' Allure also insists the line was meant to be positive, writing on its Facebook page: '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.'
Defending the magazine: The 34-year-old actress has defended Allure' June cover-line, which reads: 'Zoe Saldana: 115 Pounds of Grit and Heartache'
But many women have questioned whether it was necessary, with concern for what it means for a woman's body image.
Speaking out: On the Today show this morning Ms Saldana said, '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'
'Every time we seem to be making progress in the way women are portrayed in magazines, somehow we take a step back,' wrote Raechal Leone Shewfelt at Yahoo! 'Whomever is responsible, the decision to showcase Saldana's digits seems so … unnecessary.'Cheryl Phillips at Examiner.com, added: 'Did we really need to know how much she weighs?
Speaking about the backlash: Many women have questioned whether Allure's decision was necessary, with concern for what it means for a woman's body image
'Would the popular women's magazine put a plus-size model on their cover and headline it "250 pounds and rocking the world"?'Another posting on a message board read: 'I don’t think putting the weight on a magazine cover for a celebrity is a good idea, we have too many young girls with body images already.'
Controversial cover: Zoe Saldana appears on the new June issue of Allure, where her weight is printed
The five-foot-seven-inch actress is photographed naked for the magazine, put poses so nothing is revealed. In the candid interview, she discusses her sexuality openly, saying she might 'end up with a woman raising my children.' When asked if she has ever been in a same-sex relationship, she instructs the writer to 'just put three dots as my response.'Commenting on the revelation to Today, she said: 'I think it's important to get out that whatever I decide to do with my sexual preference will be my prerogative and my right, and as of right now I've been attracted to the male species.'I don't know if that will continue.'
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