08/21/2012 09:28 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Zoe Saldana Covers Gotham Magazine, Talks Style Influences And Fashion Ancestry (PHOTO)

Wearing a satin Givenchy jumpsuit and a pearly white smile, actress Zoe Saldana posed for the cover of the September 2012 issue of Gotham magazine.

In March, Saldana confessed in an exclusive interview with HuffPost's Latino Voices that despite her big screen success she wasn't able to a land the cover of "any" magazine she fancied. That month, Saldana became the first face to grace the cover of Cosmopolitan for Latinas, a new magazine that primarily targets a Latino audience.

"There are a lot of magazines that are still sort of... that only cater to a certain demographic and only put certain people on their covers," she added. "And that's fine -- I never lose hope that one day certain big magazines can broaden their exposure of what is an American face," said the half-Dominican, half-Puerto Rican actress at the Cosmopolitan for Latinas launch party.

Well it seems that Saldana's face has managed to capture the eye of Gotham. The magazine asked the star of the upcoming movie "The Words" about the inspiration behind her sense of style.

"My grandmother and great-grandmother were seamstresses their whole lives, so when my grandmother moved to New York in the '60s, she worked for design houses throughout the city," Saldana told Gotham. "She really loved fabrics and textiles, so it was natural to my family. Fashion wasn't like a religion to us, but it is in my ancestry. It was never about luxury; it was about art."

Speaking of the 1960s, Saldana also recently caught the eye of casting directors for the Nina Simone biopic. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the actress replaced Mary J. Blige as the iconic jazz singer-songwriter in the forthcoming Cynthia Mort film. But not everyone was happy about the decision -- many Twitter fans hoped Brooklyn-born actress Adepero Oduye would win the role.

Check out the clips below of Nina Simone performing "Ain't Got No, I've Got Life" and Saldana singing along with "Crossroads" co-star Britney Spears.

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