Zoë Saldana on Giving Herself 'Permission to be Pretty'

04/13/2010 at 12:30 PM ET

Courtesy SELF

Don’t be confused by Zoë Saldana’s glamorous red carpet looks–in real life, the star of Avatar and Star Trek isn’t exactly a girly-girl: “I’ve never really been that feminine,” she says in the May issue of SELF. “Look in my closet and you’ll see things that are elegant, sexy, tomboyish, sophisticated, beautiful, aggressive. It’s harsh. It’s a lot of black. Pretty is the last word you would think of.” The 31-year-old cover girl has held her personal fashion preferences since her childhood growing up in the Dominican Republic. “The Caribbean is the most floral-happy culture in the world, and my sisters and I were like three little Jackie O’s with big sunglasses, reading all these sophisticated magazines and dressed in black at all times,” she says. But that’s not to say the actress doesn’t occasionally enjoy playing dress-up. “These florals [I'm wearing] tell a story… I was channeling that South Beach-looking-for-a-millionaire-husband-from-Switzerland kind of thing. I live in constant storytelling mode,” she says of a hot-pink strapless confection she wore during the shoot. “Sometimes, I have to give myself permission to be pretty.” To hear more from Saldana, pick up the May issue of SELF or go to self.com. – Marissa Patlingrao Cooley

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GiGi on

She is gorgeous…keep up the good work Zoe.

bq on

She is naturally beautiful………

Boss on

Wow, finally a non Kim Kardashian article. Really “People” you’ve been on overdrive with that nobody. Zoe is someone with actual talent and an actual career, thanks for a real article.

ellen on

she don’t need anyone’s permission b/c she is more than pretty,she’s exotic and finally not ur pencil thin, SPF 80 blonde. Thanks!!

BEE on

She is by far the prettiest actress out there.

Gps on

She’s beautiful. I’m glad shes finally getting the positive attention she deserves.

T.J. on

She is a very beautiful, talented woman. It’s good to see her getting more exposure these days. Well done!

J.Ro on

Ellen – Actually I would consider Zoe to be pencil thin! And she looks like ET.

Cris on

I absolutely love Zoe, and her birthday is the day after my daughters! She’s so talented, and I’m glad to see her movie rolls increasing!!!

Shannon on

Yeah she is pencil thin but that just may be her body type. Too much focus on people’s body. This girl is a great actress and yes, very pretty.

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