Zoe Saldana Discusses Lack of Diversity in Magazines

The actress wants "to be a part of the evolving cycle of progress."

Posted: 05/14/2012 11:23 AM EDT
Zoe Saldana

During the Cosmopolitan for Latinas launch party last week, Zoe Saldana talked to the Huffington Post about the lack of diversity in magazines after the online publication asked why she chose to cover Cosmo for Latinas' premiere issue.

“First of all I can’t yet pose for any magazine. I wish I could,” she said. “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. And that’s fine — I never lose hope that one day certain big magazines can broaden their exposure of what is an American face.”

“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," Saldana continued. "It is happening, but not at the pace that it should be. 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.”

This is why she jumped on board when approached about the new project and was happy to bring more diversity to the magazine industry and celebrate her Latina roots.

“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.”


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