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Afternoon Tidbits: Zoe Saldana & Black Models Do VOGUE Again

Zoe S. was looking fabulous in grey at a press conference for Star Trek last night.  Those shoes are indeed the business.

Speaking of Zoe, she's also featured in this month's issue of GIANT looking hot.

And black models are seeing their faces on the cover of VOGUE mag again.  Models Jourdan Dunn and Liya Kibede are both featured on the upcoming pullout cover. More pics of Zoe S. when you read the rest...

 

Loving the chic simplicity of this look.

And her GIANT spread isn't so bad either.

Photog: Dominique C/Nino Munoz

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Damn why all the arguing over

Damn why all the arguing over her race? I am a black dominican. Dominican is my heritage BLACK IS MY RACE. Dominican is Zoe's heritage BLACK IS HER RACE. PR,DR is not a race and does not describe my race. I know who my ancestors are. I dont have to deny my africaness to please the masses and neithier does Zoe. She has stated time and time again ESPECIALLY to latino press that she considers herself to be a black woman .
Lolita's picture

The girl is foine, yea im

The girl is foine, yea im lovin me some zoe, babe girl is my dream girl...ahhh sustas need to study how she brings on the fiminin side, and thats what brothas love, i know i do yea.
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Wow is all I have to say. My

Wow is all I have to say. My grandmother is Puerto Rican with brown skin, my grandfather is Puerto Rican with white skin. My parents are the same. I am of olive complexion. All this talk about skin color, well what does that make me? Am I judged solely on color and not on my ancestry? FYI: Puerto Ricans are a combination of ancestry, mainly Taino Indians, Spaniards (they invaded our island), and African ( as slaves were brought to the island as early as the 1500's). Spare me, only in this country are people so hung up on color. Get your facts straight people!
Lisa's picture

sorry to inform you but most

sorry to inform you but most if not all dominicans are of african ancestry which makes her black!!! FYI boo..get it together CorporateHoodB!tch: She is Dominican not black.Oh yeah, that’s why all the black females especially (and males) will swoon over her beauty.Show a woman with strong African American features like (Serena)…and she will be ripped to shreds not only by and mainstream but by her own.She will be the ugliest woman MOST OF you people have ever seen. But she also looks just like majority of black women who’s parents aren’t Dominican, Creole, Puerto Rican, White, etc.This is the real reason why it’s hard for Dark Skinned Sisters to get work in videos, movies, CIROC ads and TV.Our own people indicate to us daily that overall they don’t want the black female image.We only want the image of White that has been taught to us since slavery.With that said, I’m out!
juan's picture

zoe is beautiful. To clear up

zoe is beautiful. To clear up the argements on here. Her race is black and her culture is domincan. I am also black- domincan. DOmincans come in all shades. I have read in some places that zoe considers her self only latina. I am not sure. I personally consider myself black-dominican.
Nikkie's picture

Race is a social construct

Race is a social construct meaning society constructed it for whatever reason--probably to divide & conquer. As for thin black women I'm thin yet nice curves. I do feel like urban people tend to have a problem with being slim. Finally, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Unfortunately, certain facial-features look better to the eye and I think those features maybe be more european like. However, white society did use years and years of propaganda to uphold their standard of beauty which is the "blonde bombshell". Maybe if black men appreciated our beauty enough to display more African-featured beauties in their videos, or as arm candy maybe things will change.
FYI's picture

America is so beyond racist

America is so beyond racist its not even funny. Zoe Saldana is not a black women she is Puerto Rican and Dominican. It kills me that Jennifer Lopez would NEVER be considered as a black woman but a "dark skin" hispanic women is considered black. Race is not determined by skin tone get a clue people. Funny Derek Jeter is never considered as a black man but Obama is. There is only one black model on this cover which is a damn shame.
InnocentCorruption203's picture

Love the shoes but not on

Love the shoes but not on her. Makes her look even skinnier. She's cute but had the same face in all her shots. She was rocking that dress though.
GeekyGirl's picture

zoe s. looks perfect in this

zoe s. looks perfect in this ensemble! Kudos to her stylist!!
ICECAUGHTTHEBEYITIS's picture

Someone asked why do they

Someone asked why do they always portray her as Black? Because she is Black, do you want people to deny what they are seeing and not call her as they see her? Being Black does not automatically equate to being African American. I have never seen her portrayed as a Dominican in any movie, now why is that?
naynay's picture

She is American. Only her

She is American. Only her parents came from the Dominican Republic. She is black in appearance and calls herself black. I don't know if she is immersed in her father's Dominican culture or not but her nationality is American. She always plays the role of the black female in movies because of her color, which is why she got the part for Uhura in Star Trek. My grandparents came from Dominica but my parents and myself were born in the U.S. My culture is America and my first language is English and I identify myself as a black American and from what I have heard Zoe say, she does to so what's the problem some of you have.
Anis's picture

I agree with sohochicness's

I agree with sohochicness's comment 3rd up top that Zoe's pics resemble Bey just a little bit, but Zoe's face have a more natural beauty, simplicity is usually the best way to go. Zoe is gorgeous, nice spread.
Dazzling's picture

i've always thought zoe was

i've always thought zoe was soooooooo pretty....this is a woman i must give kudos to....
beautifulbrown's picture

Zoe looks very pretty! As far

Zoe looks very pretty! As far as the whole race thing, she is clearly black. Her ethnicity is 100% latina, but her race is black. There are white latinos, black latinos, mixed. As far as the poster saying there are black people all over the world, of course there are! Just like there are white people in N. America, South America, Europe, etc. Though only in America do all black people seem to want to group every black person into one group. Cultural differences between say, a black Dominican and an African American are so great, the only thing they really have in common is outward appearance.
Posh's picture

zoe is gorgeous! and a damn

zoe is gorgeous! and a damn good actress as well
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NikNak: Mc Lyte used to

NikNak: Mc Lyte used to give me the same feeling to until the , sigh!Let’s poor some out for are lost noses. Some out for , some out for Amerie, some out for Mc Lyte. :shedtear: LMAO! damn right! by the way, where is TQ these days? He had a beautiful voice!
ybf_oz's picture

she lookin' like beyonce in

she lookin' like beyonce in the pic with her sitting at the mirror
ninamosley's picture

AND zoe's race is black but

AND zoe's race is black but her culture is dominican(latin)culture because that is where she went to school but she is orgionally from New york...remember there are black people everywhere, Brazil has more black people than the United States its just they come from the latin culture and we are from the american culture. so zoe is a YBF chick for people calling her hispanic or latina that she is but she is also black like we are also american
CeCe's picture

Kekebean: Zoe is a smoker

Kekebean: Zoe is a smoker and a classically trained ballerina (not sure if she dances anymore) hencefourth her tiny stature…Gorgeous nontheless…NOW FOR THAT VOGUE COVER…Okay…pretty light skin women who can pass for just about anything..what about the love for darkskin sistas, visablly LATIN and ASAIN women as well…vogue..your ridiculous!!! Guess we’re not gonna truly be hot again until you give us another one of those BS…”Black Issues” They are not lightskin they are brown skin both of my parents are black and I am lighter than both of these black women on the cover...I dont know what is wrong with women on here but yall must not have many different colors in yall family because they are brown women not light bright or dark...It seems like nobody is happy if it was only white girls yall would have something to say and it is two black women and yall talking about the color of there skin?? THey are black period so whats the problem??
CeCe's picture

Zoe is a smoker and a

Zoe is a smoker and a classically trained ballerina (not sure if she dances anymore) hencefourth her tiny stature...Gorgeous nontheless... NOW FOR THAT VOGUE COVER...Okay...pretty light skin women who can pass for just about anything..what about the love for darkskin sistas, visablly LATIN and ASAIN women as well...vogue..your ridiculous!!! Guess we're not gonna truly be hot again until you give us another one of those BS..."Black Issues"
Kekebean's picture

Why are they always trying to

Why are they always trying to portray her as black?? She's hispanic. Dominican to be exact.
Menisha's picture

Zoe looks nice. I think she

Zoe looks nice. I think she carries her weight well. She does look underweight, but she doesn't look unhealthy. Those GIANT pics remind me of that Heroin chick phase of the 90's. Liya Kebede shouldn't be sharing covers with any one not named Naomi, Giselle or Kate.
Sparkle's picture

Zoe's spread is a DIRECT RIP

Zoe's spread is a DIRECT RIP OFF of Madonna's latest W mag spread. Not so much her fault, probably the photographer and stylist.
Nina's picture

Whatever, survival of the

Whatever, survival of the fittest. Soon enough there will be no more "ugly" people. The question is, are we calling ourselves ugly. You don't like nappy hair? Then don't sleep with a person with nappy hair. You don't like dark skin? then don't sleep with a person with dark skin. That way, you'll break the cycle of "ugly" people by not procreating with "them." However, by those standards, no one should sleep with you either. I do know a faster and more to the point way of getting rid of those "ugly" people: genocide. Let's rid the world of women like Serena Williams, India Arie and Grace Jonese, because their perm won't take, and their skin's too black. Hopefully within 100 years, we'll never see a dark-skinned nappy-headed person again. The world can't take them, not even dark-skinned nappy-headed people can.
NikNak's picture

I feel you Devonne These

I feel you Devonne These sisters are accomplishing things and breaking records and changing history and far too many Black folks are too busy calling them names to even pay attention.
NikNak's picture

Fashion magazines have also

Fashion magazines have also portrayed jet black models before, they are mostly from Africa.
Aim's picture

And lastly there was a guitar

And lastly there was a guitar playing, songwriting, sanging Sister who told us "I am not my hair" and that she wasn't the average girl from the videos. Alicia Keys isn't any more talented than India Airie- yet she is much more widely accepted. Black folks called her ugly and nappy headed and Black, and the Grammy's booted their azz up for her to kiss. She got her feelings hurt but she kept it moving becuase she isn't validated by someone else's standard of her beauty. These sisters are accomplishing things and breaking records and changing history and far too many Black folks are too busy calling them names to even pay attention.
Devonne's picture

One of the first most

One of the first most beautiful models back in the day was Naomi Sims, look her up. She was even before Naomi Campbell and she was a knock out.
China's picture

There were two sisters who

There were two sisters who aspired to be the world's best in tennis. From the moment Black folks laid eyes on the two sisters with their braided nappy hair and thier beads, they began to call them ugly, nappy headed and black. Those two girls, with the help of their father, went on to become a force unlike the world had ever seen in the sport of tennis because they recognized thier own talent and realized their own beauty.
Devonne's picture

There was once a very

There was once a very swarthy, nappy headed, Africanoid in feature,s Black woman who wanted to be a model, an actess and a singer. Everyone around her told her that she was too Black, too ugly, too nappy headed and too manly looking. She went on to become the FIRST Black supermodel (fock Angie Dickenson), a Black Bond girl, and a recording artists (Roll Up to my Bumper Baby!). Her name was Grace Jones and she recognized her own talent and beauty.
Devonne's picture

LMFAO, does anyone besides me

LMFAO, does anyone besides me think it's rather humurous and ironic that the black models Vogue chose basically look like tan white girls? I honestly had to focus on the picture to find the second black girl all the way on the left.
vegasgal's picture

Zoe is a VERY BEAUTIFUL

Zoe is a VERY BEAUTIFUL woman!! My all-time favorite movie of hers is Center Stage! She is so natural and pretty. Never have seen her in too much makeup!!
Honesty's picture

NikNak: Mc Lyte used to

NikNak: Mc Lyte used to give me the same feeling to until the , sigh!Let’s poor some liquor out for are lost noses. Some out for , some out for Amerie, some out for Mc Lyte. :shedtear: HAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Devonne's picture

F%#$ her. . She breaks up

F%#$ her. . She breaks up happy homes.. . .I know
Me's picture

It's nice to see brown faces

It's nice to see brown faces represented in so called mainstream magazines. I hate to say it though, they seem to be all of a certain skintone. There are still no more dark models, these chicks can almost blend in. And seriously I thought we got over the bone straight hair phase.
cleojonz's picture

Please stop going hard on my

Please stop going hard on my girl Serena, she is an athlete, most female athletes are muscular. Serena works hard and it shows in her body as a result she is one of the if not the best female tennis player in the world. The problem is Serena is natually a thick female so her muscles are more pronounced than Venus who is skinnier. I love being BLACK!!!!!!!
Brittany's picture

Black people are STILL so

Black people are STILL so divided. The point is that white people see light or dark skin blacks as BLACKS BUT... white people see light skinned blacks as "less threatening" and similar to them, so they are more ACCEPTED into mainstream and white society. SO... That is why we are making a point that only light skin blacks are featured in Vogue and other magazines and not dark skin. Darker skinned blacks are not even accepted the same as light skinned blacks. NOT because BLACK people think this way, but because WHITE people do, and it continues to divide and confuse us. Who ever disagrees with this needs to learn more about African and American history.
Christina_keys's picture

She kinda favors Jada Pinkett

She kinda favors Jada Pinkett Smith.
ISAYWHATIMEAN's picture

SHE LOOK FABULICIOUS! GET IT

SHE LOOK FABULICIOUS! GET IT ZOE!! those shoes are yummy and she's rocking them quite nicely!
ISAYWHATIMEAN's picture

There was definitely a troll

There was definitely a troll at work under the Serena Williams posting and if you go back to read them you will see the similarity in the style of the insults. I.do wish that Serena would take more care as to how she presents herself to the world. Her hard, masculine style is unattractive to look at. Whereas, the many black models you see like Naomi are considered beautiful and womanly. Women who resemble men are generally not attractive to anybody.
olivia's picture

She's almost as delicate

She's almost as delicate appearing as Thandie Newton. Thandie and Zoe both have a thin elegance about them. Like long-stemmed Black roses. Zoe is a little darker than Thandie, Thandie has more sophistication it seems. Like a woman of the world.
Brown Betty's picture

She is so sexxxxy! I love her

She is so sexxxxy! I love her svelte frame its pretty HOT HOT HOT
LULU's picture

Zoe looks like a black

Zoe looks like a black female. Serena looks like a black male. Zoe is slender and girly. Serena is a body builder without a hint of womanly charm. That's the big difference.
rayforth's picture

All I want to know is who

All I want to know is who designed those shoes.... They are a must have!!!!!!!!!!!
mamacane's picture

I have to agree with

I have to agree with Michelle. Many times the urban websites that focus on black entertainer are so negative. Which is a problem within our race. We are so quick to cut each other down.... and for what. I think Zoe looks beautiful as well as Serena. Its funny because I have actually been told that I favor Zoe, while I have a younger sister who favors Serena and it is amazing the looks we get when we are together and tell people we are sisters. We as a race need to get better than that. It is so true that we all come in all shapes, size, and colors but we are all black. Its funny too how many of us so called Black people will be the first to say, that my ancestors arent from Africa or be so quick to seperate themselves from Africans. Wake up people and embrace your color,size and shape.
Nikki's picture

She's just a pretty, thin,

She's just a pretty, thin, black woman. I'm glad she's a dark-skinned actress playing the role of another dark-skinned actress, Uhura in Star trek.
Black & Lovely's picture

Afro-Latina Warrior:

Afro-Latina Warrior: CorporateHoodB!tchOnApr 14, 2009 at 2:08 pm | Reply |She is Dominican not black. Oh yeah, that’s why all the black females especially (and males) will swoon over her beauty.Show a woman with strong African American features like (Serena)…and she will be ripped to shreds not only by Hollywood and mainstream but by her own.She will be the ugliest woman MOST OF you people have ever seen. But she also looks just like majority of black women who’s parents aren’t Dominican, Creole, Puerto Rican, White, etc.This is the real reason why it’s hard for Dark Skinned Sisters to get work in videos, movies, CIROC ads and TV. Our own people indicate to us daily that overall they don’t want the black female image. We only want the image of White beauty that has been taught to us since slavery.With that said, I’m out!*********************Um honey….you do know Dominican is not a race right? She is black she’s has even said so herself when ignorant interviewers on spanish chanels have asked her. I was born in the DR and speak espanol but consider myself very much black and damn proud of it. And you know what if you stood her right next to Serena who is beautiful herself as well it wouldn’t matter to a white person they both would be considered black regardless. I’m out! Yes Dominicans are beautiful black people!!!Corporate Hood B****'s point was that people with darker skin tones are often viewed as less attractive. There seems to be a strict universal standard of beauty that rejects for the most part the "Serena's" of the is world and would celebrate women that look more like Zoe. The proof is in the pudding, look at the comments underneath Serena! Both are very beautiful but the point is we have issues as a people when it comes to image and our asthetics. All black is certainly beautiful.
Shan's picture

I would rather be skinny than

I would rather be skinny than thick or fat any day of the week. it is interesting to me that the majority of black women in other countries are not thick and fat, why? Because they take care of themselves and don't eat a greasy, southern fried diet. They exercise! I know people who fry their food every day of the week and act like salad is a foreign, ethnic food. We have to get away from that old southern-style way of eating because it is dangerous to eat like a pig and not exercise.
word to the wise's picture

"Those shoes are indeed the

"Those shoes are indeed the business".....ooh yes they r! I really love this look, it's soo me, I want them!
J's picture

Its so funny reading some of

Its so funny reading some of the comments on these sites. When there's pics of someone like Ashante's fat sister, you all talk about how great she looks when she's clearly fat. I guess the majority of you are overweight like her so you all thinks she looks good. Whenever there's someone like a Zoe or Ciara you all want to condemn them for being too skinny. I have even read comments about Rihanna not having an ass...so what!!! What you all obviously failed to realize is that not all black women are fat and out of shape or excuse me "thick" as some of you like to convince yourself that you are. Women come in all shapes and sizes and not all women have to be a size 14-24 to look good. You overweight women need to work on your self esteem so you can stop putting other people down because they are not as big as you. Zoe Looks FAB!
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