Zoë Saldaña

by ethnic on August 28, 2008

Birth Name: Zoë Yadira Saldaña Nazario

Place of Birth: Passaic, New Jersey, U.S.

Date of Birth: June 19, 1978

Ethnicity: Puerto Rican, Dominican Republic, evidently small amount of Lebanese and Haitian

Zoë Saldaña is an American actress and dancer. She is known for her roles in the films Guess Who, Avatar, Guardians of the Galaxy, and others.

Zoë is the daughter of Asalia (Nazario) and Aridio A. Saldaña. She is a black Latina. Her father was Dominican, and was born in Cotui Pro Sa, Dominican Republic. Her mother is Puerto Rican. She is also said to have some degree of Lebanese and Haitian ancestry. She speaks English and Spanish fluently. Zoë spent part of her childhood in the Dominican Republic.

Zoë is married to Italian artist Marco Perego, with whom she has three children.

Zoë has said:

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.

 Zoe Saldana, Marco Perego at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party 2015 at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

Zoë Saldaña and husband Marco Perego at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party 2015

Photos by kathclick/Bigstock.com

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Multiethnicchick July 31, 2017 at 11:28 pm

Zoe Saldana is an idiot. She’s not black and how can she say shes raising black sons when shes not black herself? There are true black latinos with no admixture whatsoever that look like lupita nyongo or Djmon Honsou. Zoe is mixed like most latinos but whenever someones mixed with black in America, Americans have to force their racist one drop rule on people.

And what’s with people saying she looks 20-25% mixed? She looks like a true mulatto 50/50 like Barack Obama. With so many mixed people claiming black, no one seems to know what an actual black person looks like anymore. The ignorance is astounding.

Hill August 14, 2017 at 4:39 am

I never consider light-skinned people black. No matter how far back their non-African ancestry goes.

fuzzybear44 August 14, 2017 at 3:11 pm


Quote(No matter how far back their non-African ancestry goes.)

Well with this statement, you’ve just wiped out most of the black people this side of the hemisphere

Also what’s your range for a light skin black person? Because I see Zoe as being average in color, nothing I don’t see everyday

midori29 June 29, 2016 at 9:52 am

This girl tested as 20% black West African Dna

madman April 26, 2016 at 7:48 am

She is the daughter of Asalia (Nazario) and Aridio Saldaña. Also, the link does not mention her Lebanese or Haitian ancestry, though this commercial confirms what her roots are:

crunty March 25, 2016 at 12:50 pm

A beautiful mix.

me March 11, 2016 at 3:30 pm

Lebanese?really?she looks black with some distant spanish ancestry.

Multiethnicchick July 31, 2017 at 11:16 pm

No, she looks mixed. Have you ever even seen a fully black person?

Nikki January 5, 2016 at 8:21 pm

Sorry but she is African, Haitan, Puerto Rican, Lebanese, European (German, Austrian, Portuguese, Dutch), and Dominican.

fuzzybear44 January 6, 2016 at 1:02 am

sorry about what?

Devotion October 26, 2015 at 5:49 pm

Looks 100% African. She looks Mauritanian, and could easily pass as one. Not all Africans have copper black skin with very frizzy hair and wide noses.

She looks this Mauritanian woman:


BigMama February 13, 2016 at 12:42 pm

Dominican African ASCENDENCE is predominantly cooper black skin with very freeze hair and wide noses. Igbo and Yoruba west African black African tribes and Puerto Rican and Haitian came from west African people too… And she is mixed from those black people and others…. She’s no Ethiopian or something like that (respect to my beautiful Ethiopian people :* )

In other hand Mauritius is a multiethnic society, drawn from Indian, Black African, European (mostly French) and Chinese origin ethnicity.
And According to the 2011 census conducted Mauritius is the only country in Africa to have a Hindu plurality….

Zoe is European, African and middle eastern by blood. Mixed and with a Latino – Caribbean etnicity.

Multiethnicchick July 31, 2017 at 11:19 pm

Well Africans can be mixed, black, Caucasian, Asian, etc, since Africa is a continent. And no, she looks nothing like that women who looks mixed herself. Zoe Saldana definitely doesnt look black African.

legez August 29, 2015 at 7:41 am

doesn’t look mulatta, but not fully black. looks like African-American probably 70-75% Black

Surreal September 15, 2015 at 1:07 pm

I agree. She looks like a Griffe like Rihanna.

getttea March 24, 2016 at 10:34 am

She reminds me of Thandie Newton a little.

Multiethnicchick July 31, 2017 at 11:21 pm

Are you kidding, her hair texture is not that of someone who is merely a quarter mixed, her facial features also indicate admixture. She looks like a true mulatto. 50%

fuzzybear44 September 12, 2017 at 1:40 am

Truthfully , she says she likes to use a Japanese straightener for the past 10 years. she says she has a whole routine for taking care of her hairm That her hair is actually like an Afro

fuzzybear44 September 12, 2017 at 1:42 am

Truthfully , she says she likes to use a Japanese straightener for the past 10 years. she says she has a whole routine for taking care of her hair That her hair is actually like an Afro

Andrea August 19, 2015 at 1:32 pm

I swear everytime someone says someone is black everybody lashes out like its a bad thing, bc they don’t look a certain way. It clearly f*cking says she’s a black Latina and that’s what she is. Stfu.

cwm85 September 15, 2015 at 3:23 pm

Another M, midior29 alias.

Mdelacruz16 January 8, 2016 at 12:08 am

LOL yes that midori bitch is always trying to say everyone who is mixed is just black.

get the fuck over it they’re mixed

Multiethnicchick July 31, 2017 at 11:21 pm

Black latinas have no admixture, this women does. Shes a mixed latina like most latino people.

cwm85 August 7, 2015 at 1:25 pm

She is black, native, European and Lebanese. So she has a lot going on and to pin her as only black is stupidity…

midori29 August 19, 2015 at 1:36 pm

@CWM, Zoe herself has stated she is black. Most black people will say they have European, native American etc. But they do not mention percentages. Zoe could be and is likely 75% black African and 10% European, 10% native, and 5 % Lebanese. Just because she mentions alot does not mean the mixture is in equal parts.

I am black, native, portuguese, and native myself but my race in majority is BLACK,. Most people on earht have other admixtures. But only black people seem to highlight them, especially black women for some odd reason.

cwm85 August 19, 2015 at 4:00 pm

You are ashamed of your other ethnicities if true. You try to make someone mixed African when it is impossible to be pure African if you are mixed with other races. You have a right to consider yourself black but other people who are mixed like myself choose to acknowledge them all because I’m not ashamed of my heritages like you. You try to put down any person who is black with something else down. You’re filth is all over this site. Don’t reply to me in any of my comments, I don’t like your racist ass…

Andrea August 27, 2015 at 6:03 pm

He/she didn’t say anything racist. You are f*cking retarded.

Every time somebody asks you what your race is no one is going to go down the fucking list of what mixture they are. That doesn’t mean they are ashamed. Get over yourself.

Bow Down Bitches July 26, 2015 at 8:48 pm

black people need to chill and stop claiming dominicans and puerto ricans. they’re not black!

Andrea August 19, 2015 at 1:34 pm

Dominican and Puerto Rican is a f*cling nationality you dumb ass not a race. A nationality is a place you are FROM! You cab be any color and be dominican, Puerto Rican or w.e stfu. Ugh.

BigMama February 14, 2016 at 2:47 pm

@bow Down Bitches agree with you! They are searching all the mixed race and other ethnicities to confuse everybody … Same with Cubans.

@Andre No Cuban , PRicans and Dominicans are not race, but PRico is more Mestizo (native/white) multi racial (white, native, some black) and white population…. Cuba is 65 %white or predominantly white and the rest are mixed Mulattoes (from black and white ) and 16% black…. Dominican Republic is predominately mixed mulatto (from black and white) the 73% of the population…. Obyusly Cubans and Dominican have some por et of native blood but predominately black and white

BigMama February 14, 2016 at 2:54 pm

Obviously Cubans and Dominican have some of native blood but predominately black and white*

BigMama February 14, 2016 at 3:08 pm

Cuba: According to Cuba’s Oficina Nacional de Estadisticas ONE 2012 Census, the population was 11,167,325 including:The racial make-up was 7,160,399 whites, 1,034,044 blacks and 2,972,882 mulattoes or mestizos.

Puerto Rican: Studies have shown that the ancestry of the “average” white Puerto Rican person is about 64% European, 21% African, and 15% Taino/Amerindian, with European ancestry strongest on the west side of the island, African ancestry strongest on the east side, and consistent levels of Taino ancestry throughout the island.[36] In fact, even though 75% of Puerto Ricans self-identify as white.

Dominican Republic: According to recent genealogical DNA testing, the genetic makeup of the Dominican Republic’s population is estimated to be 52.15% European, 39.57% Sub-Saharan African, and 8.28% Native American overall. Most Dominicans fall within three major ethno-racial groups. The last census conducted in the country estimated the population as 73% mixed race (mainly of African and European descent), 16% White European (mainly of Spanish and French descent), and 11% Black African.

getttea March 24, 2016 at 10:33 am

Some of them are some of them aren’t.

Gina Torres and Christina Milian are black Cubans. Eva amended is a mestizo Cuban. Cameron Diaz is a white Cuban.

These are all nationalities.

fuzzybear44 March 25, 2016 at 1:25 am

mestizo Cuban?

Multiethnicchick July 31, 2017 at 11:23 pm

Christina milian isn’t black, shes mixed.

midori29 June 4, 2015 at 8:23 am
arjanguelsk December 25, 2014 at 10:15 pm

Dominican Republic is in the Island La Hispanola,na half island is DR and the other half is another country called Haiti. theres mixed people in both countries, but specially in Dominican Republic more of the 73% are mixed. Mulatos (black and white, people don’t like to use it like and adjective, but is used in some Antilles including DR ), mestizos (native and white), Native and black, and Multiracial. Dominicans don’t say are white, they feel proud of all there roots, etnically and culturally proud. They have beautiful cuture, people, beaches and important monuments. All of you have a nice day! Peace and love :)

arjanguelsk December 25, 2014 at 11:21 pm

I have been with Dominicans my entire life. I have NEVER see in Dominicans the so call “self hate” and “being in denial”.
For Dominicans is not just the skin is everything, hair, eyes, blood (genes), family genes, type of body, mouth, ascendence…all all the admixtures, cuz’ they are proud of all…. for these reason the Topic about “race” is not something Dominican speak about since most Dominicans just don’t care.

Because Dominicans see a White Dominican as the same as a Black Dominican or a Mix Dominican.Thats all!

Then you all are crazy for something they don’t care!…

There is the same, no matter skin color. undertand? It’s also such a double standard with Dominicans.

Even if you ask to an apparently white or ligth skin On DR ARE YOU WHITE? don’t be surprise if many of them Answer: NO! AM NOT WHITE, I’M DOMINICAN or YES MY SKIN IS BUT NOT ALL OF ME CUZ I’M DOMINICAN, claiming ALL THE ROOTS. Does this mean that these Dominicans are White Self haters too? No! They are proud of all their roots!And that is good. If you are mixed, you are mixed.

Now I say goodbye again, and forever, i will not talk again in Zoe. Kisses.

midori29 December 25, 2014 at 9:55 am

Also similiar genetic studies have been done on other Carribean islands like Jamaica, Trinidad etc, predominantly African too but still mixed and populated with Indians, whites.. All islands have some degree of admixture. Puerto Rico is the most mixed I would say.

WestIndiangrl May 10, 2015 at 4:10 pm

Trinidad is Not predominantly Black More than half the population of Trinidad & tobago Is of East Indian descent :) also with other ethnic groups (black chinese syrian lebanese white amerindian etc)

midori29 December 24, 2014 at 1:43 pm

Dominican Republic is an Island, more people need to travel. The island is shared with Haiti , yes its an island. Ive been there, you may fiol other posters but not me. DOMINICANS will be midnight black and argue to the death that they are white. Amazing, lol.

ciarabeautiful May 7, 2015 at 9:18 am

I’m Dominican and I’m fair skin so you sound ignorant

midori29 June 4, 2015 at 8:22 am

I have been to the Dominican Republic, im definitely not ignorant, lol. You know what I am saying is true. I saw lighter blacks in Jamaica. !
Zoe Saladana admitts in this article that she chemically straightense her hair and that she really has an afro underneath.

arjanguelsk June 14, 2015 at 4:58 pm

Thank U @ciarabeautiful agree with you!

California July 12, 2015 at 11:13 pm

Most Dominicans are not purely Black, get out of here with that mess. Even the “Blackest” looking Dominicans are mixed to some degree. Most Dominicans don’t like to be called Black.

midori29 August 21, 2015 at 4:20 pm

@California, most blacks in the Americas are not pure black NOT just Dominicans. Most Dominicans are so brainwashed. I am suprised Zoe says she is black. I obvioulsy never said all Dominicans were dark but some are. Nothing wrong with that. But Domincians have seizures when you mention they are dark/black. Very poor self images.

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