Allure wants to make sure that we don’t just know that Zoe Saldana has grit and heartache, but that we know she has precisely 115 pounds of it. You might wonder, if her grit and heartache are so compelling, why would Allure draw the attention away from them to her body size. Is it their goal to make sure that before we give a star props for who she is or what she does, we make sure to bring up how she looks? Also, how much of her weight is grit, and how much is heartache? Is she entirely comprised of grit and heartache, or does she weigh more than 115 pounds, or is the rest of her weightless?
If those questions seem ridiculous, how about the absolute ridiculousness of putting a star’s weight on the cover of a magazine?
“I don’t think it was to make an issue of my weight, I think it was to talk about that for a lightweight person, I seem to be really strong-minded,” said Saldana on the Today show. Because you know, usually, only heavyweight people can be strong-minded.
As if these celebrities aren’t under enough pressure. For extra fun, it’s on the internet and so commenters rushed to suggest that she’s lying about her weight -- some claiming she ways more, some claiming that she’s less. Then there are those making declarations about her health based on her weight. It appears that carnivals with “guess your weight” booths would have no trouble finding people who feel qualified for the job.
At 5’7” and 115 pounds, Zoe is very thin by every standard. That may be her natural size but it’s not attainable by many, many women who are 5’7”. And, in an age where anorexia is the most lethal of all mental illnesses, we don’t really need Allure to become another thinspiration site posting nude pictures of very thin women alongside their weight.
Zoe Saldana is a talented, successful woman who ostensibly has, in case you’ve forgotten, grit and heartache. She deserves better than to be reduced to a number on a scale. Then again, she doesn’t seem to mind.