I’m so torn on Zoe Saldana, you guys. I feel like I really should like her – she’s talented, she’s beautiful, she’s confident and intelligent… but she’s so fucking obnoxious, too. I feel like every single interview I read/see with her, she’s going on and on about how much confidence she has, and how strong she is, and how she’s got it so figured out and is the pinnacle of feminism and strength. And look, confidence is great – more women should feel good about themselves and strong, competent, etc. But at a certain point is just gets braggy and eyeroll-worthy, and I feel like that’s what’s happening here. Also, she’s another one I’m sick of seeing naked. EVERY SINGLE PHOTOSHOOT.
Here’s what she told Women’s Health UK about her thoughts on her body:
“This past year I’ve had to start letting go,” Saldana said.
“My body dictated it as if saying, ‘Slow the f**k down!’. And I struggle with that. I love to be an athlete.”
She continued: “I’ve learnt to listen to myself, so whenever I don’t feel like doing anything that starts with ‘I should’ then I don’t.
“My body is less toned. I do look in the mirror and see things I don’t want. My first reaction is I breathe and I think, ‘I’m a woman, I’m 36, my body is changing’.”
“I’m exactly where I want to be. I do feel beautiful in a way that even when I was working out a whole lot, I sometimes didn’t.
“Because there have been times that I was really slender and I didn’t like that I sometimes looked a little too muscular and flat chested – you’ll never be completely happy, so at the end of the day it’s like ‘F**k it. Just be happy, regardless’.”
Well, what’s she’s saying is true enough: you should be happy with yourself regardless. Even someone with the perfect looks/body – which, by societal standards, is Zoe – is going to find fault in themselves because that’s just life, especially for women. But some humility wouldn’t hurt – even when she’s being self-deprecating, it doesn’t feel genuine at all. Is this just me?