Zoe Saldana is gracing the cover of the June issue of Allure, where inside she poses nude and talks about how androgynous she is. But what is overshadowing the interview is what Allure chose to put on the cover.
The magazine cover advertises Zoe’s interview with the line, “115 pounds of grit and heartache” and a lot of people are wondering why the magazine felt the need to reveal her weight.
“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. Either that or they think it’s a “healthy” weight. Bizarre and unnecessary either way.” — NY Mag
“Every time we seem to be making progress in the way women are portrayed in magazines, somehow we take a step back … [showcasing] Saldana’s digits seems so … unnecessary.” — OMG
“The phrasing alone of this sentence seems infantalizing. Isn’t it adorable that someone so tiny feels heartbreak? Isn’t it precious that a slight woman can get gritty? The contrast is just darling: she’s a pretty little thing who thinks she’s people!” — The Gloss
“It’s not necessary to know how much an actress weighs, especially since
the numbers on a scale reveal very little of the person’s actual health … There’s so much pressure for women, other actresses and models in
particular, to look attain a mainstream definition of attractiveness,
and how much other women with other bodies weigh is not helpful.” — The Frisky
Website Styleite says that “while we’re loathe to take the weight bait, the actress is 5 feet 7
inches tall, so it almost feels like the mag is out to drum up some
OMG says they reached out to the magazine and the response was “no comment.”
What do you think, readers? Does it bother you that Saldana’s weight was printed on the cover? What do you think the point was?