Zoe Saldana Schools Magazines On Their Lack of Diversity

May 11, 2012  |  

Just when you think you can’t love Zoe Saldana anymore she turns around and does something else to make us do just that.

On the red carpet at the Cosmopolitan for Latinas launch party Wednesday night, Zoe was showered with praise for being the face of the mag’s first issue and when The Huffington Post asked the actress why she chose to cover Cosmo Latina when she can cover any magazine in the world she had to correct the interviewer just a teeny little bit.

“First of all I can’t yet pose for any magazine. I wish I could,” she told the Huffpost. “There are a lot of magazines that are still sort of…that only cater to a certain demographic and only put certain people on their covers,” she added. “And that’s fine – I never lose hope that one day certain big magazines can broaden their exposure of what is an American face.”

Don’t let the cute face and the petite stature fool you, though. Zoe’s just about done with white-washed magazine covers.

“I never like to get political, but when you have the ability, through your media, to influence a large mass of people, I would want to be a part of the evolving cycle of progress versus keeping things the way that they are. That said, I think that I speak for a lot of us, Americans, that I would want to see a little more diversity.

“It is happening, but not at the pace that it should be,” she added. “For the love of God, we have a Black president. That should’ve set the tone on a lot of things that should’ve been a little quicker, and it’s not enough.”

The good thing, Zoe said, is that there are magazines like Cosmo Latina who are celebrating diversity on their own terms.

“For me to have been invited to be the first on their cover, I feel so honored and grateful. To be seen and to be respected for my work and acknowledged as a true American Latina…means a lot to me.”

Check out more of her red carpet interview here. What do you think is the answer to more cover diversity in a non-print friendly market?

Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.

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