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Zoe Saldana poses naked for Women's Health UK while guarding the galaxy

Zoe Saldana is nothing if not beautiful and September's issue of Women's Health UK magazine has her on the cover in all her natural -- and naked -- beauty. As it turns out, the magazine, which went on sale July 30, is perfectly timed as a run-up to Saldana's latest movie project, Marvel's "Guardians Of The Galaxy," which premieres nationwide in the U. S. on August 1.

In a preview of the cover story, Women's Health UK noted July 30, that Zoe Saldana was taking a little heat from the tabloid media over perhaps having a baby bump, something that her PR people deny.

"Her management understandably refuse to comment," Katie Mulloy writes for Women's Health UK, "but if the pregnancy speculation is true, it means she has posed naked – celebrating her body doing the hardest work it can – when she could have possibly felt at her most vulnerable. Inspiring? Empowering? A little bit kick-ass? We’d say so."

And so would most men and women, especially those familiar with seeing a lot of that inspiring, kick-ass body on the big screen doing exactly that, kicking a little tail in this or that action flick. This summer it's "Guardians Of The Galaxy," where Saldana plays Gamora, an assassin looking for redemption.

Fans have seen her as an assassin before, in 2011's "Columbiana." And she was certainly one hot blue female warrior, albeit tall and alien, in 2009's "Avatar."

But Zoe Saldana admits to Women's Health UK that she's not as young as she used to be, when she had a workout regimen taking up a few hours of each day. And she's been a dancer since she was 10 years old. But her body is changing.

“This past year I’ve had to start letting go. My body dictated it as if saying, ‘Slow the f**k down!’ …And I struggle with that. I love to be an athlete.”

According to the Internet Movie Database, the graceful actress got her start in movies, after some exposure from the hit NBC drama "Law & Order," in 2000's "Center Stage," a film about young dancers. She's 36 now, seeing things in the mirror she doesn't like, sometimes just giving in to the notion that it doesn't really matter. She's got a big picture mentality.

“I’m exactly where I want to be. I do feel beautiful in a way that even when I was working out a whole lot, I sometimes didn’t. Because there have been times that I was really slender and I didn’t like that I sometimes looked a little too muscular and flat chested – you’ll never be completely happy, so at the end of the day it’s like “F**k it. Just be happy, regardless.”

Zoe Saldana should be happy. With a body to die for (not everybody can get a naked cover at the age of 36) and a career to also die for (remember: "Avatar" is the largest box office grossing movie of all time), she seems in good shape to continue on the path of success. "Guardians Of The Galaxy," wherein she stars with Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Chris Pratt, Glenn Close, and Benicio Del Toro, among others, will surely be a hit, if Marvel's record is any indication. The movie empire of comic book adaptations include the franchises of "Captain America," "Iron Man," "Thor," "The Avengers," two versions of "Spiderman."

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