Zoë Saldana: Latinas Are 'Fearless' With Fashion

04/25/2012 at 08:00 AM ET

Zoe Saldana
Courtesy Cosmopolitan for Latinas

Zoë Saldana tells Cosmopolitan for Latinas that she’s wearing a lot of black these days, but the actress seriously brightens the pages of the inaugural issue in looks from Black Halo, Dior, Blugirl and more.

“Latinas are fearless when it comes to fashion,” she says. “They aren’t afraid to wear color. It can be the grayest, most wintery day and you’ll see a Puerto Rican mama in a yellow Tweety Bird Dress.”

Though Saldana’s style might not be quite so loud — she favors runway-ready looks from designers like Givenchy, Alexander McQueen and Prabal Gurung — her routines did have humble beginnings.

Growing up in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic — her mom moved the family there from New York after Saldana’s father died in a car accident — the actress recalls getting into trouble with her sisters. “[My mom] loved us so much that sometimes it was difficult for her to watch her kids do crazy stuff like lock yourself in the bathroom and shave your eyebrows off, just to paint them back on again,” she recalls.

Perhaps it’s that chutzpah, though, that helped make her famous; at 17, Saldana moved back to New York as a dancer, later landing a coveted role in Center Stage — and then leaving the world of dance behind.

“It felt like a part of me was dying inside,” she says of quitting ballet. But it seems like she definitely made the right move. “In dance you use every part of your body except your voice,” she says. “I wanted to start acting because I wanted to use my voice.” For more with Saldana, pick up the premiere issue of Cosmopolitan for Latinas, on newsstands May 1.

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Zoe “Saldana” isn’t anything Latina, and neither is obama. BOTH of them are lying unemployable africans who lie about their ancestry. Kick the lying africans out of America NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Saldana, or whatever the name really is, isn’t “Latina”. Not even close. Saldana, or whatever the name really is, is african. Saldana, or whatever the name really is, is, however, a supposed actress. One would suppose, in many ways.

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Love Zoe Saldana. Just watched “Colombiana”, great movie. Can’t wait for Star Trek in 2013. Zoe, You need to campaign for a larger role for your Uhura character. GO SPURS!!!

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Thitiya on

You really make it seem so easy with your presantetion but I find this matter to be actually something which I think I would never understand. It seems too complex and very broad for me. I’m looking forward for your next post, I will try to get the hang of it!

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