Women Empowerment

Zoe Saldana Advices Women to Feel Beautiful in Their Skin

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I didn’t always feel beautiful in my own skin. Like Zoe Saldana, who states in her interview with Women’s Health that she was once “really slender” and “sometimes looked a little too flat-chested,” I too didn’t fit the vavavoom Latina stereotype.

At 18, I was only 98 pounds. I went to a nutritionist to help me gain weight. My bra was an A cup and always padded. My curves? Nonexistent.

So I can relate to Saldana when she said this to the magazine:

“I do look in the mirror and see things I don’t want.”

But the proud Dominican also encourages us to accept ourselves as is. And not obsess over working out or trying to be perfect. She continues:

“I do feel beautiful in a way that even when I was working out a whole lot, I sometimes didn’t.”

“…you’ll never be completely happy, so at the end of the day it’s like, ‘Fuck it. Just be happy, regardless.”

Fuck it. Just be happy regardless.

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I love her brutal honesty. That’s what I realized after years of nitpicking at my body and trying to change what my momma and God gave me. I threw away the padded bras. I stopped chugging Ensures. I rocked clothes that worked for my smaller frame. I became self-first.

And now I feel beautiful.

A video by MarieClaire of Zoe Saldana as she lives her dream.

Some photos of Zoe Saldana in all her beauty.

Natural Beauty

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A natural beauty inside and out. Photo Credit: Flickr.com/boloround.

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