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Posted Fri, April 16, 2010 5:36pm EDT

Zoe Saldana Admits She's Not A Typical Girly Girl!

The starlet shows off fun summery florals and spills on her personal style!

Zoe Saldana, starlet of the highest grossing film of all time, Avatar, graces the May cover of Self, where she models one of the hottest trends of the season, bright florals — although the starlet admits that’s not her go-to attire! Zoe gets personal and talks about her childhood, telling the mag how she grew up in NYC, (in Queens), until she was 10 — when her family decided to make a major move to the Dominican Republic! Although she was in culture shock, it didn’t change Zoe’s personal style. “The Caribbean is the most floral-happy culture in the world, and my sisters and I were like three little Jackie O’s with big sunglasses, reading all these sophisticated magazines and dressed in black at all times.” It sounds like you can take the girl out of New York, but you can’t take the New York out of the girl!

Zoe’s style was definitely about being a sophisticated city girl! In fact, she even inspired her grandmother, who was a seamstress, to make her clothes! “She made me a little Chanel-cut jacket with gold buttons … and the next month, all the girls were wearing the exact same thing.” What a little trendsetter!

She may have grown up with her own chic style, but she doesn’t need to throw on a dress and heels to feel sexy. “When I put on a men’s shirt, it’s comfortable and commanding and it has presence, but it’s also elegant and I still feel like a girl.” I’m sure guys would be lining up to give you the shirts off their backs, Zoe!

-Jen Murray