Kate Hogan
April 25, 2012 12:00 PM

Courtesy Cosmopolitan for Latinas

Zoë Saldana tells
Cosmopolitan for Latinas
that she’s wearing a lot of black these days, but the actress seriously brightens the pages of the inaugural issue in looks from Black Halo, Dior, Blugirl and more.

“Latinas are fearless when it comes to fashion,” she says. “They aren’t afraid to wear color. It can be the grayest, most wintery day and you’ll see a Puerto Rican mama in a yellow Tweety Bird Dress.”

Though Saldana’s style might not be quite so loud — she favors runway-ready looks from designers like Givenchy, Alexander McQueen and Prabal Gurung — her routines did have humble beginnings.

Growing up in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic — her mom moved the family there from New York after Saldana’s father died in a car accident — the actress recalls getting into trouble with her sisters. “[My mom] loved us so much that sometimes it was difficult for her to watch her kids do crazy stuff like lock yourself in the bathroom and shave your eyebrows off, just to paint them back on again,” she recalls.

Perhaps it’s that chutzpah, though, that helped make her famous; at 17, Saldana moved back to New York as a dancer, later landing a coveted role in Center Stage — and then leaving the world of dance behind.

“It felt like a part of me was dying inside,” she says of quitting ballet. But it seems like she definitely made the right move. “In dance you use every part of your body except your voice,” she says. “I wanted to start acting because I wanted to use my voice.” For more with Saldana, pick up the premiere issue of
Cosmopolitan for Latinas
, on newsstands May 1.


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