Thursday, May 16, 2013

Uproar As Zoe Saldana’s Weight Revealed On Allure Cover

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It's no news that the world and Hollywood is obsessed about weight, but it seems this is the first time a woman's weight has been put on the front cover of a fashion magazine, and it ends up being Zoe Saldana's who weighs in at just 115pounds. A lot of websites have condemned the move as offensive and sending a wrong message to women, from the Examiner,
No doubt, Zoe Saldana looks phenomenal on the cover of Allure. Did we really need to know how much she weighs? Would the popular women's magazine put a plus-size model on their cover and headline it "250 pounds and rocking the world"? Not likely.
to the Daily Beast
There’s enough pressure as it is for women, particularly women in the fashion and entertainment industries, to conform to mainstream body-image standards—an issue that Allure has addressed many times in its 22 years of existence. The magazine should know better than to put so much weight on what number its cover girl tips the scales at.

Yahoo also interviews Hilary Levey Friedman, a Harvard sociologist who often writes and speaks about images in the media, who adds,

The message to women on the Allure cover... is that "you need to be thin and strong. Just one isn't enough anymore. This only puts more demands on women and can lead to varied types of disordered eating."

On Today, Zoe Saldana spoke out about the criticisms saying the revelation of her weight has been taken out of context, and that Allure magazine was simply trying to imply that "for a lightweight person, I seem to be really strong-minded. It would have been wrong if they were lying about the weight. I've always been a very thin frame. That is how much I weigh, it's something I can't control. It's who I am."

Allure has released a statement backing their cover star, saying, "We were so impressed by what a tough, confident woman Saldana is that we wanted to capture that."

I honestly don't know that either side is wrong, my own stand will be to say, can we give it all a rest about the weight? Big boned or skinny framed, eat right, exercise, be healthy and love who you are as you continue to work on yourself. The numbers on the scale in my opinion are not the be all and end all of your life or health.

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