After seven years of white cover girls, Nylon is changing things up for the first time since Lil' Kim graced its cover in 2003. Avatar star Zoe Saldana has taken the reigns for this April's 11th Anniversary Special issue. Considering the cover's lack of diversity, it's fitting that the magazine's online teaser talks about Hollywood casting, and Saldana said:
When they say "We want to go white," they have a very smooth way of saying it, and the recent one is the word traditional. [I've heard] "Oh, you know, you're just not what we were looking for, your skin is a little darker." Compared to what?! My skin is just my skin. It's dark if you compare it to someone who's lighter.
Considering Saldana's skin is close to the rich tones many strive for under the sun's rays, the subtext is obvious. And, keeping these comments in mind, it's not all that surprising to think about the actress' lack of breakout, superstar fame (a fact noted by Jezebel). Think about it: Co-star Sam Worthington is hotter than hot in the casting pool, but being in two uber geek fests, one of which is the biggest moneymaker of all time, hasn't been enough to fill Saldana's plate with acting gigs. One might argue that her potential rise is possibly hurt by the fact that her human face isn't shown in Avatar, but she's still got the name, and Uhura in Star Trek.

I don't think it's a jump to assume that there aren't a lot of roles out there for her, especially if the shade of her skin is coming into play, and that is a dear shame. While why-is-he-so-hot-right-now? Worthington is raking them in, Saldana's biggest news consists of rumors that she might be a Bond girl. Since this isn't a question of talent (she wiped the floor with Worthington), what is it? Is it a matter of color? Gender? Why isn't Zoe Saldana ripping through Hollywood like wildfire?
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