Zoe Saldana for Marie Claire Magazine

Posted on July 15, 2014

If this arrived in our mail box, we’d assume it was a catalogue at first glance.

Zoe-Saldana-Marie-Claire-August-2014-Issue-Levis-Prada-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (1)“Guardians of the Galaxy” actress Zoe Saldana covers the August 2014 issue of Marie Claire magazine in Levi’s photographed by Boe Marion.


That’s just … not a great picture. Her smile looks incredibly forced and stiff. The outfit does absolutely nothing for her. There’s nothing wrong with casual denim on a fashion mag cover, but she’s not the gal who can rock it. She’s much better in looks with an edge. And the background here is generic. It almost looks like a fake backdrop.

Discussion points:

On the biggest thing she’s learned about relationships: “Not to settle. If you’re not happy with a person, leave. And wait until you find that one person who makes you feel good about yourself every single day and is not expecting you to change, but to grow.”

On dream roles: “I would love to play Nefertiti or Cleopatra or the Queen of Sheba. We preserve more male history than we do female. We have to preserve it. No more complaining. We have to do it.”

On growing up in Dominican Republic: “I had many female bullies growing up who wanted us to be submissive and to follow and to kiss ass, and that’s the last thing any Saldana will ever do, honestly.”


We love this next pic, though:

Zoe-Saldana-Marie-Claire-August-2014-Issue-Levis-Prada-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (2)

Zoe-Saldana-Marie-Claire-August-2014-Issue-Levis-Prada-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (3)Prada Fall 2014 Collection



It’s a shame you don’t see pictures like that on fashion mag covers. It’s melodramatic, but it tells a real story. It’s too busy for all that cover copy about CRAZY GOOD HAIR, though.

That dress is perfect for her. She’s a Prada lady; not a jeans-on-the-beach one.




[Photo Credit: Boe Marion for Marie Claire Magazine, IMAXTree]

    • Beardslee

      I loathe loathe loathe the word “feisty” applied to anyone over five. And it’s always applied to women. It’s kin to “spunky.”

      • http://armchairauthor.wordpress.com/ LesYeuxHiboux

        So condescending. “Isn’t that cute! She has her own feelings and ideas! Just precious.”

      • Sarah

        She’s probably “scrappy” and “plucky” too.

        • Anne Coburn


          • mshesterp

            Aw, I like “sassy.” Is there another word that does work instead of feisty/sassy? Those terms don’t bother me, but I can see how they would some people. I would consider myself sassy, but not edgy. Not everyone is those adjectives (some celebs are straight up uninteresting), so I kind of like learning that an actress/celeb has some edge and their thoughts that aren’t PR-produced.

            But yes, it’s almost completely used with women only.

            • Kent Roby

              Considering that we’re on a site where the majority loves to label any poorly-groomed man a “douche”, “feisty” doesn’t seem derogatory to me.

            • Gatto Nero

              I’m glad I’m not the only one who finds that a tad harsh.

            • Bexxx

              That’s because poorly groomed men are bad for one’s vagina, just like douches.

            • Constant Reader

              I think douchiness isn’t just about grooming, it’s about an overall smug and unpleasant attitude that poor grooming doesn’t help.

            • Kent Roby

              Yes, I realize that it has other derogatory applications.

            • marlie

              It’s not just about the grooming. If a guy is already unlikeable (for whatever reason), being poorly groomed just adds to the problem.

            • Kent Roby

              That’s not my point.

            • Sarah

              Cheeky? At least that’s not so gender-specific. Sassy is informal for “saucy,” which sort of brings to mind strumpets and harlots, but then again the common use today it refers to a cute handbag, or a pert kid. I definitely think of it as a term for children, as in “Don’t sass your mother.”

            • Kent Roby

              You just said “strumpets and harlots” in a reply; my day is now officially awesome!

            • Sarah

              Fille de joie! 😉

            • lundibleu

              Cheeky seems like a term for kids to me, although you get younger adults described as having a “cheeky grin” or the like. I do call the kids cheeky monkeys fairly often :)

            • kimmeister

              Oh, but have you seen the darts on the backs of the skirts of the Virgin Airlines uniforms?

            • lundibleu

              Oh god, were they cheeky too? I forgot that from the rest of the mangled press release.

            • kimmeister

              I can’t hear the word “sassy” without thinking of a friend who once used a hair product called “Black N Sassy.” We still laugh about it to this day.

            • Kent Roby

              Wasn’t there a “Short N Sassy” shampoo, too, endorsed by Dorothy Hamill? Oh my, good times!

            • Alloy Jane

              If “sassy” is informal for “saucy” then one could theoretically say, “Don’t sauce your mother.” But as “saucy” will never not be associated with food in my head, and I always think of crumpets when I see the word “strumpets” we’re heading in a very old skool Nickelodean direction.

            • lundibleu

              Yep, I don’t think I’ve EVER seen a man described as feisty/sassy/spunky/plucky. It’s lazy journalism.

              Other ones that have been used are things like “independent minded” “strong willed” and the like, but I think those have, in the past, tended toward negative identifiers rather than the supposed positive ones which sound stupid.

            • KateShouldBeWorking

              To my mind, feisty, sassy and – to a lesser extent – plucky are similar in that they describe ways to bend social norms. Since Western society privileges men, it less likely for men to bend social norms because social norms already cater to them.

              But, yeah, it’s also lazy journalism.

            • somebody blonde

              You’re right about feisty/spunky/plucky, but I think “sassy” gets applied to more men than women. Gay men, mind you, but they’re still men.

              Also, I think sassy connotes something a bit different from “independent-minded” and/or “strong-willed.” Sassy implies a sense of humor as well as a take-no-shit attitude. Someone who is assertive is not sassy unless they’re also witty.

            • lundibleu

              It is the witty part as well, you’re right, but I don’t hear it much used to describe men over here in the UK. Perhaps it is more of an American thing in general?

        • Alyssa_T_Robot

          hey i like the word ‘scrappy!’ although i do often use it to describe my little chihuahua mix. maybe you have a point lol.

        • KateShouldBeWorking

          I’m ok with scrappy if it’s describing a person (age- and gender-irrelevant) holding their own against a much larger opponent.

          • random_poster

            Scrappy is a term we regularly apply to small-ish NHL players.

          • julnyes

            Like pre-serum Steve Rogers

            (nerd alert)

      • Kent Roby

        I usually hear “feisty” applied to someone up in years who is still active. Also, with people covered from head to toe in tats these days, is having a hidden “fierce” tattoo note-worthy?

        • Sarah

          YES. Unless her tattoo says something like “Fuck Misogyny” or something, I don’t really think it’s noteworthy.

      • RectPropagation

        Calling a Latina woman “feisty” is particularly galling. Like, holy crap, they might as well have called her “spicy”, FFS.

    • TM

      I’d leave the denim to the girls in my J. Crew catalogue–she was born for that second looks. It’s so chicly cheesy.

    • Gatto Nero

      That Prada dress is fabulous. And I like the way it’s styled on the model.

    • RussellH88

      The second picture is great, but that cover shot makes her look like she’s been huffing Smilex gas.

    • Danielle

      She is 100% a Prada gal, but I sure love a good chambray deployment.

    • Anna

      Zoe Saldana as Jessica Biel for the JC Penney catalogue.

      Love the second photo.

    • Sarah

      Is it NOT a fake backdrop? Who wears H to T denim to the beach anyway?

      • kimmeister

        Tobias Funke probably would.

        • Sarah

          And it would be delightfully Fünke-y.

    • http://fatshionwasteland.com/ christina

      the cover shot is weird just because who is wearing double denim on the beach? seems like a weird backdrop if that’s the look you’re going for.

      also LOL “is it possible to be fat AND healthy?” of course it is.
      this bullshit is absolutely why i stopped reading a lot of fashion magazines.

      • KateShouldBeWorking

        God only knows what “fat” means to these people.

        • Tracy_Flick

          No kidding. “Oh, right, fat – like Jennifer Lawrence.”

    • hughman

      When she’s in the car, why does she have a teeny little gold hammer in her hair?

      • Glam Dixie

        Maybe she’s been workin’ on a teeny tiny railroad.

        • hughman

          All the live long day.

          • decormaven

            What a hoot! I almost feel like it’s been planted for some dumb magazine giveaway- “Find the gold hammer and get a free year’s subscription!”

      • Amanda S.

        I think it’s an earring?

      • rh33

        Maybe it’s a bar souvenir; ‘I got hammered at the Mantle Bar and Grill”.

      • Carleenml

        I love you.

    • giddypony

      If Zoe thinks she’s going to be happy 24/7 in any relationship up to and including her dog and goldfish, she is going to be spending a lot of time replacing the dog.

      • Erica

        Yeah, that sound bite made me chuckle too. Your SO needs to MAKE you feel good about yourself every single day? I can just imagine my husband’s chortle if I told him that should be his goal in life.

      • Sam Smith

        My dog ate my husband’s underwear yesterday. He also pooped in the house and ate that too. He was having a particularly bad day (he’s normally very well behaved) but that just foes to show you no relationship is perfect and happy 24/7.

      • conniemd

        Love does not mean never having to say you’re sorry, nor does it mean you never get mad at the dog/cat/spouse and ask yourself if your life wouldn’t be happier without them.

      • somebody blonde

        Actually, I kind of agree with her. You’re not going to be happy 24/7 in any relationship, but I think your partner should make you happier than you would be if you were single the vast majority of the time. If that’s not the case, you should definitely leave.

        • Grumpy Girl

          I think ascribing the answer to that scenario to “happiness” is a bit . . . naive. Which may be appropriate for someone whose only been married as short a time as she has. Ask her again in 25 years.

        • giddypony

          Speaking as an ancient married lady (23 years, and we dated for 4 years) sometimes you gotta work to make yourself happier/ more content.

    • Glam Dixie

      I’m pretty sure this is a copy of a Delia’s catalog cover.

    • MoHub

      Nefertiti, Cleopatra, or the Queen of Sheba? Three different ethnicities there; she needs to pick one.

      • mshesterp

        Considering all the uproar about her playing Nina Simone and her reaction to that, I’m guessing Zoe doesn’t particularly care about ethnic accuracy when portraying historical figures.

        • lundibleu

          I like that about her – why limit her options :)

      • Imasewsure

        Let’s see… off hand I remember a few Cleos from Hollywood: Claudette Colbert, Liz Taylor, Vivian Leigh… and possibly Angelina Jolie in the future… alas… Zoe would be the height of ethnic accuracy compared to these pale goddesses

        • somebody blonde

          I don’t know about that. Cleopatra was of Macedonian/Greek descent- she didn’t have any Egyptian ancestry, despite ruling the country. Granted, Macedonians and Greeks aren’t the palest people, but I don’t think Liz Taylor or Angelina Jolie look super not-Greek.

        • MoHub

          True, but Nefertiti was Egyptian; Cleopatra was Greek; and the Queen of Sheba was Ethiopian.

      • formerlyAnon

        I imagine, given film industry track record, she’s not that concerned about her ethnicity matching that of the role. Unless, of course, it’s concern about not being considered for a role because she actually is of the historically accurate ethnicity.

    • mshesterp

      Considering that Katie Holmes is wearing almost exactly the same outfit on this month’s Glamour, I see our cover stylists are still working from the same tiny range of clothing options. Quick, where are the suede/yellow pumps or a sheer skirt when you need ’em??

      • @Biting Panda

        Someone is selling secrets to Sparkle again.

        • mshesterp

          A 13 going on 30 reference! Props to you, madam!

      • Kent Roby

        Queen Lupita is on the cover of Vogue wearing this exact Prada dress.

    • Jenn B

      Isn’t that the same dress in #2 that Lupita is wearing on Vogue? I get that they are two very different women, and they both wear it well, but I am continually amazed that of all the fashion available that high profile editorial repeats keep happening. It’s probably very intentional and I am just fashion industry naive.

      • GeoDiva

        It is the same dress. I was wondering too, why the sudden repeat over the last year or so. Most of the time, it is in the same month too! Guess the Editors need to break out of their ruts too and put something new and unknown on their covers.

      • Stella Zawistowski

        I was going to say. As lovely as Zoe looks in it, I would hate to be the woman who has to follow Lupita Nyong’o wearing…oh, anything at all.

      • AlisonHendryx

        I knew I should have read all the comments before asking! Yes, that is the same… I kind of like how slinky it looks on Zoe compared to how tight it was on Lupita… I have a feeling I am going to be alone in that opinion here though…

    • RescueMe23

      I feel like its the same people over and over and over on these covers…Zoe, Rhianna, Dakota, etc. Let’s go back to models!!

    • bassfemme

      Not expect you to change but to grow?! That doesn’t make any sense. Definitely huffing something.

    • Imasewsure

      I like the idea of the second picture better than the execution. Still a great dress on her.

    • SistaT

      Every single time I see her, I am Snoopy when Charlie Brown is being introduced as the Director of the Christmas play. “BOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!” (I know. That is an extra specific reference, but it’s what I got.) I just cannot. I am unable to roll my eyes hard enough.

    • decormaven

      Yes, when I think of summer and the beach, I automatically think of HTT denim. Then I go get a cold one and recline until the thought passes. The stylist/photographer got it right on the inside shot, though.

    • MilaXX

      I like the Prada dress without the yellow undershirt much better. The belt not being put through the loops on the jeans is making me twitchy.

    • AlisonHendryx

      didn’t someone else wear that prada recently….? can’t remember who, would love to see a side by side, because this lady is rock. ing. it.

      • KendraMR

        Lupita wore it on the cover of Vogue.

    • evave2

      I don’t like the tie on the model for look 2. I remember the whole show from last week. Zoe looks better in it. (This is one of the many Fall Couture collections that I thought made up the models to look really plain.)

    • Jacqueline Wessel

      Where is all this denim they talk about? I’ve been looking for a denim skirt for a couple years now and have yet to find one.

    • StrandedFashionista

      Ooh. We should have a show down of Zoe and Lupita over who wore that Prada dress better.

    • boweryboy

      I love her relationship quote. Sums up me and the partner perfectly.

    • marlie

      Love the dress in the second photo. It’s totally her look. I’m not a fan of the first look either. Denim on denim has never worked for me.

    • PinkyK

      Jeans on the beach (especially in the dog days of summer) is just dumb!

    • Sophie

      Saying she has a fierce tatto and then not showing it? Is it a fierce tatto in an awful place, a not-so-fierce tatto she once thought was fierce and is now ashamed of, what is it?
      I really like the print on the Prada dress.

    • Liz

      ugh the Glamour for August was literally all denim-themed and I was so bored. Summer fashion magazine content is. the. worst.

    • JynxTheCat

      I DEFINITELY think it is MORE than time to break the magazine cover template. They all look the same. Such laziness.

    • Martha Anderson

      photo-shopped Joker grin on the cover

      whom does she sue?

    • Andrea Lentz

      I feel like for some reason Marie Clarie’s covers are too photoshopped and severe.