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Zoe Saldana Asserts Her Blackness In New ‘Allure’ Issue And Defends Nina Simone Biopic

The last time we reported on Zoe Saldana, it was for the highly-maligned Nina Simone biopic, Nina, which she starred in.

Saldana is currently doing press for the next film in the Star Trek franchise, which she stars in, and is gracing the cover of Allure‘s July issue.

In the interview, she addressed the critics who felt she was not Black enough to portray a legendary singer like Simone, and Saldana didn’t bite her tongue.

READ: Watch Zoe Saldana in the Awkward and Confusing Trailer for the Nina Simone Biopic

“There’s no one way to be black. I’m black the way I know how to be. You have no idea who I am. I am black. I’m raising black men. Don’t you ever think you can look at me and address me with such disdain,” she said.

Another big issue regarding the film was the use of prosthetics and makeup. Many felt producers should have just went with an actress who had similar facial features as Simone.

The actress addressed those criticisms by calling out society’s beauty standards, saying, “I never saw her [Simone] as unattractive. Nina looks like half my family! But if you think the [prosthetic] nose I wore was unattractive, then maybe you need to ask yourself, What do you consider beautiful? Do you consider a thinner nose beautiful, so the wider you get, the more insulted you become?”

You can’t expect Saldana to not defend her work as an actress, even if many have been highly critical.

She still maintains the film allowed people to talk about Simone and that’s a win itself.


“The fact that we’re talking about her, that Nina Simone is trending? We fucking won. For so many years, nobody knew who the fuck she was. She is essential to our American history. As a woman first, and only then as everything else.”



Brittney Fennell

Brittney Fennell

Brittney is the Associate Editor of Jawbreaker and a writer who has goals to disrupt culture in ways unseen.