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Zoe Saldana: Being a Role Model Is a 'Privilege'

2010 Women In Film Crystal & Lucy Awards: A New Era - Show
Actress Zoe Saldana accepts the 2010 Max Mara "Face of the Future" award onstage at the 2010 Crystal + Lucy Awards: A New Era at Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on June 1, 2010 in Century City, California. (Getty Images)more pics »Zoe Saldana (Getty Images)Some stars are burdened by the idea of being a role a model for young people around the world. Zoe Saldana, however, finds it a “privilege.”

The Avatar actress feels lucky that females look up to her and she wants to show them women can do whatever they want without having to conform to society’s expectations.

She said: “I guess I’m a role model now, and that is a privilege. I think women were fighting because we wanted to be feminine. Then we had to be masculine. Now we just want to be us.”

While she is now a role model for other women, Zoe says she used to look up to her grandmother when she was younger, especially when it came to fashion.

She told Style magazine: “I love fashion. My grandmother and great-grandmother were seamstresses, so I know fashion on an artistic level, not as labels, labels, labels.

“My grandmother, if she were here, would touch your dress, look at the seam. She was obsessed with buttons. She’d take off my shoes and say, ‘This is good leather, a good investment.’”

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