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More Pics of Zoe Saldana as Nina Simone


She has been sporting a black Afro-style wig to play legendary jazz singer Nina Simone.

But Zoe Saldana covered her hair on the set of her new film Nina on Friday, donning a head wrap - one of Simone's signature looks.

The 34-year-old actress embodied the late songstress in her chic ensemble - which consisted of the beige-coloured accessory paired with a matching shift dress and cape.

She accessorised with a pair of tan leather gloves and toted an oversized bag.

Earlier in the day, Saldana was seen filming scenes with a young co-star.

The Avatar was seen balancing the child, who was dressed in a pretty green dress, on her hip.

This time Zoe's costume consisted of a billowing burgundy maxi skirt and a white plunging top, both belted at the waist.

Her outfit was rounded out with some ethnic-style jewellery, including a choker and a headpiece.

Zoe caused controversy when it was first revealed that she had been cast as Simone, with many saying she wasn't 'dark-skinned enough' to play the legendary jazz singer.

But last week in first pictures of the star on the set of highly-anticipated biopic, she showed that she is throwing herself into the role whole-heartedly.

Zoe has been wearing a prosthetic nose and dark make-up to embody Simone for the role.

The decision to cast Zoe as Nina was met with strong criticism with many in Hollywood, including Nina's daughter Simone Kelly.

Simone took to her Facebook page to voice her concerns, writing: 'Appearance-wise this is not the best choice.'

However, Simone then continued to say that she had no problem with the star’s acting ability, but added she would have liked to see a darker-skinned actress such as Viola Davis or Kimberly Elise take the part.

But other stars have come forward to back Zoe in the part, with singer and actress Jill Scott telling black women’s web site Hello Beautiful: 'Zoe is an incredible actress.

'I think that there should be some work done, like a prosthetic nose would be helpful and definitely some darker make-up.’

The synopsis of the motion picture so far only details that it is the story of the jazz musician and classical pianist, including her rise to fame and relationship with her manager Clifton Henderson.

The civil rights activist certainly celebrated women of darker complexions with her track Images (Of a Wayward Soul), which includes the lyrics: ‘She does not know her beauty. She thinks her brown body has no glory.’

Nina, which also stars The Help actor David Oyelowo as Henderson, is due for release in 2013.


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