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Zoe Saldana Fires Back At Her Nina Critics

Zoe Saldana took a lot of heat for her role as Nina Simone in the biopic, Nina.

The makeup and prosthetic nose alone resulted in the 37-year-old actress being dragged like a sack of potatoes through the streets of Twitter.

In a recent interview with Allure, Zoe fired back at her critics (and haters).

Peep the quotes below.

There’s no one way to be black. I’m black the way I know how to be. You have no idea who I am. I am black. I’m raising black men. Don’t you ever think you can look at me and address me with such disdain.

On the decision to use the prosthetic nose:

I never saw her as unattractive. Nina looks like half my family! But if you think the nose I wore was unattractive. Then maybe you need to ask yourself, ‘What do you consider beautiful? Do you consider a thinner nose beautiful, so the wider you get, the more insulted you become?’

On why she took the role:

The script probably would still be lying around, going from office to office, agency to agency, and nobody would have done it. Female stories aren’t relevant enough, especially a black female story. I made a choice. Do I continue passing on the script and hope that the ‘right’ black person will do it, or do I say, ‘You know what? Whatever consequences this may bring about, my casting is nothing in comparison to the fact that this story must be told.’

On the bright side of the controversy film:

The fact that we’re talking about her, that Nina Simone is trending? We f**king won. For so many years, nobody knew who the f**k she was. She is essential to our American history. As a woman first, and only then as everything else.

Feel free to read Zoe Saldana’s full interview here.

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