Cover Girl: Zoe Saldana for Fashion Magazine

Posted on July 10, 2014

Since she’s turned herself into quite the sci-fi and action genre queen, Miss Zoe here is styled straight out of the “Be Me or Do Me” playbook; specifically the part where we note that sci-fi heroines would do well to dress in hard metallics while doing the latest poledance.



Zoe-Saldana-Fashion-August-2014-Magazine-Julien-MacDonald-Dress-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (1)Zoe Saldana covers the August 2014 issue of Fashion magazine in Julien MacDonald photographed by Chris Nicholls and styled by Zeina Esmail.


Like so.


On her view of competition in Hollywood: “I was a ferocious dancer so therefore I was a ferocious up-and-coming actress. When it comes to auditions, I’m not competitive with anybody. I don’t even know who’s sitting next to me. I wouldn’t even tell you if it was a blonde or brunette. The moment you compare yourself, it weakens you.”

On criticisms regarding her casting in the movie “Nina”: “I handled the role with the same love, the same respect and the same pride that any other black person would, because I am a black woman, a proud Latino black woman, and nobody’s going to take that right from me.”

On what her role in the next “Avatar” will be like: “[Neytiri] is stronger than what I wanted this time, but she’s also very vulnerable. It’s very much her journey and I accepted the job again because I believe the script has her going in the right path. Jake and Neytiri are very much still a force to be reckoned with.”

On the best advice a woman can get: “It’s important to not have women be afraid of you, to accept your mortality and your aging so that you can be a better mentor for up and coming women. Whenever these young women come and they just want to take everything all at once, just because they’re younger and their asses are harder and plumper, you kind of go, ‘Child, sit down. Yes, you’re beautiful but listen to these 1, 2, 3s.’ 1. Don’t hike up your skirt too much. 2. I’m pretty sure you’re intelligent so act like it. 3. Read a book.”



Zoe-Saldana-Fashion-August-2014-Magazine-Julien-MacDonald-Dress-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (2)Julien MacDonald Fall 2014 Collection

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That’s some Robot Girl chic going on there, with a dash of Warrior Princess. Perfectly suited to her persona at the moment. She’s built for the hard stuff. In fact, we don’t think she does “soft” all that well. She’s like Jada Pinkett or Kristen Stewart in that respect.

Kind of a random dog moment though, no?

Also: She gives damn good sound bite.




[Photo Credit: Chris Nicholls for Fashion Magazine, IMAXTree]

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  • blogless

    I’ve always liked her and now I like her more. (And I want that doggie.)

  • hughman

    To stay with the sci-fi theme, I think the dog is supposed to remind us of an Ewok.

    • blogless

      They should’ve used a Shih Tzu.

      • Qitkat

        lol, not if they look like the two my DIL owns.
        Added: apparently it is her own dog who came along to the interview.

      • mayanempire

        Or a Brussels Griffon

  • decormaven

    I’m getting a Diana Ross vibe. And it’s a good thing.

  • Glam Dixie

    The dress looks so much better on her figure than on the model but that illusion netting somehow lost the illusion part of the equation.

    • alyce1213

      It’s so much better on the cover, without it.

      • MartyBellerMask

        You can see the netting in the last pic. They simply ‘shopped it out of the cover.

        • alyce1213

          I think they cut it out with scissors.

    • smayper

      Thinking just the same thing! It’s always great to see a real person (oh, OK, an exceptionally beautiful person highly styled and made to look even more beautiful) looking better in a garment than a model. She is looking strong and vibrant, and to my eyes not giving the Lea Michele “look at me I’m so so sexy” vibe. Sexy as a byproduct of who she is, rather than something she’s desperately trying to convey.

  • MilaXX

    Like the interview, love the pictures, *really* love the doggie. Sound bites are great. I still think she was miscast as Nina, but I love her standing up for herself.

    • sojourneryouth

      She looks amazing here, was TOTALLY miscast as Nina, and is clearly trying to clean up her act from all the insensitive comments she has made about it in he past. While I think she’s a great actress and a beauty, it’s too little, too late in regards to her positive responses to the casting controversy.

    • NinjaCate

      She WAS miscast. I almost don’t blame her for still standing behind it because at this point what is she gonna do? Bad talk the production she’s currently part of? She should never have accepted the role in the first place but she’s kind of backed herself into a corner even if she did want to get out of it.

      • Latin Buddy

        Exactly, it’s a catch 22. What is she expected to do? If she says she isn’t right for the role, then she diminishes her ability as an actress. If she bad mouths the movie, then she’s Katherine Heighl. With respect to whether it’s racially appropriate, she is biracial and let’s not get into a discussion about degrees of blackness.

        • sojourneryouth

          Degrees of blackness isn’t the issue. It’s the fact that she has blasted the concept of women of color, denied or downplayed her African roots in the past (seriously, Google it!), and only now, after all the negative reaction to her former statements, is she talking about being a proud Black woman. The Black community (hate using that term, since we are so diverse, but you know what I mean) doesn’t forget when you insult and deny us, and then try to make nice.

          • World of Sass

            That’s really disappointing to hear. Was she trying to be “postracial” when everyone was trying to make that happen, before people rightfully pointed out that we are not there yet? It sounds like she has learned from the experience and is trying to evolve on the issue.

          • sojourneryouth

            That, and the fact that she was clueless about why someone would be concerned that a thin, lighter-skinned woman with finer features (which is the Hollywood ideal for a Black woman, of course!) being picked for this role would be problematic. Since Nina faced so much extra shit for being dark, and especially for her broad nose and full lips, the issues should be obvious to any “proud Latino black woman”!

  • Gatto Nero

    The dress looks great on her, but I prefer the minimal styling on the model. That’s just too much dress for so much accessory bling and loose hair.

  • Thomas

    Why did they use the same dress for the cover and the inside shot? Were they on a tight budget?

    And I’m not excited that they’re making another Avatar movie. Nothing to do with her, I just thought it was a very overrated movie and I saw it twice.

    • kimmeister

      They ‘hopped out the string that holds the neckline together on the cover. Or is that illusion netting?

      • Thomas

        It looks like illusion netting. Maybe they photoshopped it out?

        • alyce1213

          They may have chopped it out with scissors for the cover shot. Her chest looks too natural to have been photoshopped.

    • MilaXX

      I thought it was over rated and once was enough for me. Even then it was solely because I got a free ticket

      • Thomas

        I saw it once with my friends and the second time at home with my parents. I didn’t like it any better the second time.

      • Jennifer Schiller

        Yeah I saw it once on TV, have never really cared to see it again.

    • Miranda Reseigh

      Dances with Wolves but in space! I’m thinking that’s what they used for the pitch.

      • fursa_saida

        It is literally Pocahontas, sigh.

    • LilyVanessi

      Avatar had no imagination. It’s Dreamscape fused with Fern Gully, both of which are better movies. It irks me that people, particularly movie reviewers who should have a better background in films, fail to see that James Cameron has ripped off just about every other movie he’s ever seen. A lot of movies recently that are lauded for being original are just retreads. Example: District 9 is just an edgier version of Alien Nation.

      • Violentcello

        Harumph. I love Sharlto Copley and District 9, but I’ve never heard of Alien Nation so I don’t have a retort. And this concludes my pointless comment.

        • LilyVanessi

          Alien Nation was an 80’s movie with James Caan and Mandy Patinkin. It was also a TV series in the early 90’s on Fox, if I remember correctly. The aliens were human looking but the concept of an alien race landing on Earth and trying to assimilate amid distrust and outright hatred was handled there first.

    • Wink

      Never saw Avatar. Extremely unlikely that I’ll see the sequel.

  • SuzyQuzey

    Boy, that is one eye-rolly interview. She speaks as if she is a self-appointed Wise Woman of Hollywood.

    • alyce1213

      Well, she was asked and she answered. She’s probably learned a thing or two. Her answers are a lot more thoughtful than some of the vapid sound bytes we often get.

      • random_poster

        I’ll take those questions and responses any day over “why don’t you have kids?”, “how does it feel to be 40?”, and “how do you feel about your nude scene?”

  • NinjaCate

    No Zoe, NOOOOO. Stop digging the Nina Simone hole any deeper…. Noooooo. Why won’t you let me love you?

    • sojourneryouth

      Right there with ya, NinjaCate! :)

  • imustacheyouaquestion

    i will take the doggy

  • Missy

    “Read a book”

    Also, her skirt looks like raindrops or robot-tears. It’s very cascade-like in a nice way–like she’s electronically melting.

  • KinoEye

    “Read a book” is some of the best advice anyone can get, ever. I’d be interested to know what she likes to read. And I hope the next Avatar script is indeed going in the right direction, whateverbthat may be. At the very least, not “Dances with Na’vi: Volume II.”

  • HobbitGirl

    It might be her dog? I ran into her buying a dog carrier at Harrod’s last year, and she was super nice.

  • M_E_S

    I’ve loved her since “Center Stage” (a movie that has NOT aged well), and I’m pretty psyched to see her in “Guardians of the Galaxy”. I can’t help but adore her.

    • fursa_saida

      Center Stage, for my money, has aged excellently. I consider it a classic of its time, along with 10 Things I Hate About You. (Note that there are different types of classics, of course, and that I was exactly the right age for those movies when they came out; I fully admit that I’m biased.) It completely screams early 2000s and I love that. And it’s full of great one-liners. I got into a whole quotefest of lines from the movie over at The Toast last week!

      • sk8tfan

        I thought I was the only person in the universe who saw (and loved) that movie. I feel like I’m part of a special club now.

      • Jennifer Schiller

        Yes, both are absolute classics (in as you said totally different ways). If Center Stage doesn’t have you singing Michael Jackson and Red Hot Chili Peppers for days afterward, you’re watching it wrong.

        • fursa_saida

          Center Stage could justify Mandy Moore’s entire career, as far as I’m concerned. (Tangled helps too.)

    • Ali2044

      It will live forever in infamy amongst my sisters as the movie with on-stage, bra and panties ballet sex.

  • Sarah

    That dress looks good on the cover, but then when you see it full length on the model and on Zoe, it looks top heavy, and sort of wide-making. But: Fuck It. Girl said Excellent Things.

  • alyce1213

    I love the dress on her, but without the illusion netting (like on the cover). Beautiful smile, good advice.
    Life with random dog moments is a very good thing, often keeps me going.

  • KendraMR

    I think I just fell in love with her. Beautiful photos and Good quotes.

  • demidaemon

    I am loving her last soundbite and somehow, the dog and her smile really makes that picture. That is some photographic magic right there.

    • Moocows

      Just wanted to comment on your awesome Sephiroth avatar!

      • demidaemon

        Thanks, although technically it is the Wizard from Dragon’s Crown (who is kind of a Sephiroth expy).

  • LorrainePromo

    I can out model that bitch! Just look at me

  • Lovely Rita

    I’ve been a fan since Center Stage (my fav not-so-guilty pleasure movie) – and I have to say I love these sound bites and her seeming to value intelligence and reading. Great sound bites!

  • Moocows

    I dig her, shes straightforward and blunt and those are taboo personality traits for women.

    • Sarah

      They are? Dang.

      • Moocows

        Yeah, at least in my experience, but I live in the south and we’re all supposed to be smiling, bubbly, and modest. God forbid you be outspoken and opinionated.

        • Sarah

          Oh, I know. I live in the south, too. I am also outspoken, opinionated, and – gasp! I sometimes YELL or get UPSET. My father does not approve. Luckily, my fiance is not a misogynistic neanderthal. Took me a while to find one.

          • marlie

            *In general* a lot of the traits that are applauded in successful, go-getting men are often derided in women, including being straightforward and blunt.

          • Moocows

            In some of my previous jobs my managers would tell me to smile more and “get my personality out there” whereas my male co workers were lumps of dough that constantly mumbled. Hurrumph.

          • marlie

            Either way you look at it, there’s so often a double standard.

            Also, I meant to put “successful” and “go-getting” in quotation marks, since those characteristics can also be so subjective.

          • Sarah

            Ain’t that the truth.

          • Moocows

            Heh, yup my dad definitely doesnt approve of many of my, erm, quirks. When I was younger I hated where I lived and wanted to be a New York bitch that wore all black and studied feminist philosophy. Half way there but still no man :) Congrats on your find!

  • Milos Mom

    Dress looks better on her then it does on the runway. With that being said, I wish the role of Nina Simone had gone to someone else and the things she is saying about it now is way different then what she has said in the past. She should have never taken the role.

    • myristica_fragrans

      nina simone should’ve gone to adepero oduye. the whole situation makes me mad and i want it to fail spectacularly.

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  • PeaceBang

    The dress is fierce, the earrings are fierce, and the lady and her body language are NOT serving up fierce. You’ve got to be kidding me on the “Avatar II” comment. I would have had a lot more respect for her if she had said, “I’ll be getting enormous buckets of thousand dollar bills to do the second ‘Avatar’ film. Can’t tell you I even glanced at the script.” And pardon me, but she has hardly earned the right to be so shady about young female Hollywood. You don’t get to make that kind of remark until and unless you’re well established as an accomplished woman in the industry. She has never impressed me, and now even less so. And I’m bitter about the Nina Simone picture.

  • Man Dala

    She’s in my (not so irrational) dislike list as well. But I have to admit this dress looks spectacular on her.

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    Love that cover shot of Zoe, but I love her advice to younger women even more.

  • marlie

    Zoe look stunning. Just gorgeous. And that dress looks a thousand times better on her than it does on the model. Also, great sound bite.

  • GinnyThePainter

    That dog should totally fire his stylist.

  • quiltrx

    My eyes are admittedly going crazy (the IT guy managed to destroy my computer, and I had to sit at someone else’s with BLURRY monitors)…but didn’t they photoshop out the illusion at the neckline on the cover?
    Would that we could photoshop illusion clean out of the world.

  • stubbornthoughts

    She looks and sounds fantastic.

  • Bert Keeter

    Better on her than runway model!

  • random_poster

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen an editorial where they show the same dress twice like that. It was a good one for them to feature, and looks fantastic on her.

  • livesarah

    The dress looks so lumpen on the model but great on her. Better fit, or did they photoshop out the lumps? The dog was… Unexpected. But cute :)

  • twocee

    “Read a book.” Love it.

  • veronicafish

    She looks great here. That said, I really do not like her, and I will never approve of her being cast as Nina Simone. Never.

  • yllas

    I’m a simple minded sort who is fascinated by shiny, so….I adore this and could look at the dress for hours! Love the transparent skirt puddling around the bottom.

  • NurseEllen

    I guess the dog’s vest is the “pop of color”!
    Also, #3, “Read a book”—-AMEN. Preach it, sister.

  • Athenrein

    My puppy is wearing that harness. We’re fashionable!

  • Danielle

    This was the dress Hallie should have worn a few days ago. Love her soundbites.

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  • jmuns79

    OMG. My dog has that exact harness. I always knew he was a fashionable guy.

  • elleg929

    Love that she told starlets to read a book. YES!

  • Jennifer Schiller

    Love her. Love the comments. Loved remembering her in Center Stage with the first comment.

  • fiddlecub

    I see a lot of love for Saldana’s answers, so perhaps it is just me, but I just can’t with this. Her comments in the past over the Simone film are not consistent with those here. Furthermore, “Don’t hike up your skirt too much” and “Whenever these young women come and they just want to take everything all at once, just because they’re younger and their asses are harder and plumper…” coming from a conventionally attractive woman does not sit well for me–not when her conventional prettiness made her an apparently more appealing casting choice as Nina Simone than an actress who embodied Nina’s looks and spirit. Nice words that ring hollow to me.

    Sorry, but these answers sound no more sincere than any other star’s quotes.

  • MyFavoriteColorIsGlitter

    I love Zoe but she should NEVER have been cast as Nina. It’s not about her being “black enough” or whatever, she just straight up looks absolutely NOTHING like Nina Simone. Zero. Zilch. Nina had a very distinct look and I – as a pretty big Nina Simone fan – feel they should have at least attempted to cast someone that at least slightly resembled her! I’m sure there are plenty of talented actresses out there with just as much acting ability (if not more!) as Ms. Zaldana who look a helluva lot more like Nina than she does… Grrrrrr…..

  • altermyego

    The cover shot – if you couldn’t see her smiling face and just her body language you’d think that person is really uncomfortable and probably not smiling. It’s a weird juxtaposition for me.

  • Pterodactyl111

    “The moment you compare yourself, it weakens you.”

    That’s good advice for anyone, in any job.

  • DuBey2

    The doggie was there to provide the overall “Soft with Hard” look to the shot.