Afro-Latina actress Zoe Saldana graces the inaugural issue of Cosmo for Latinas, the glossy’s first foray into trying to tap into one of America’s fastest growing demographics.  In the issue, the Dominican beauty dishes on her early years, the challenges she’s had to overcome, her career, and what it’s like being a woman of color in the industry.

“People think of Latina women as being fiery and fierce, which is usually true. But I think the quality that so many Latinas possess is strength. I’m very proud to have Latin blood,” she told the mag.

The Drumline actress’ life hasn’t always been easy. After her father died in a car accident when she was young, her mother packed up the family and moved them back to the Dominican Republic. But she credits her mother’s resolve for helping her become the woman she is today.

After moving back to NYC to become a ballet dancer in her teens, Saldana says she decided to give up dancing to pursue a different dream–acting.

“I had to quit ballet because it felt like a part of me was dying inside. It takes a lot of courage to face up to things you can’t do because we feed ourselves so much denial…In dance, you use every part of your body except your voice. I wanted to start acting because I wanted to use my voice.”

While I’m glad Saldana is getting some more much-deserved shine, I’m not exactly sure why Cosmo felt the need to have a mag specifically for Latinas. Perhaps if they incorporated a more diverse group of women into Cosmo itself, they wouldn’t have to segregate their readers. Just saying.

Check out the full o interview when Cosmo for Latinas hits newsstands May 1. 

  • dhoensty1

    i knew she was domincan but she plays both roles in movies.. she played a black woman in that movie w/Bernie Mac when she was marrying Ashton Kutcher .. she identifies as a black latina so she plays both roles..

  • LeBraun

    Funny story. A white guy tells his parents he is dating outside of his race and he is dating a Latina. The girl was a Dominican girl that said she was Latina. LOL Of course they don’t say they are Afro Latina they just say they are Latina. Well the white guy brings the girl home & of course she has dark skin and African features. The parents were expecting a Latina like Sofia Vergara or like Selena Gomez. To their surprise it wasn’t what they were expecting. Life’s little surprises Imagine Zoe Saldana or La La Vazquez or Rosario Dawson.

    You can only imagine if it was a White girl and she said she was dating a Latino and the Parents thought that Marco Rubio, Ricky Martin or William Levy was coming home and in walks in Sammy Sosa or David Ortiz or Manny Ramirez. This would be a good movie with tons of laughs

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