We can all pretty much agree that Angelina Jolie is extremely brave for sharing the news of her double mastectomy with the world. But Zoe Saldana took it one step further when she said she thinks she's "the ultimate badass!"
We couldn't agree more!
The lovely actress was walking the red carpet at the Hollywood premiere of her upcoming film Star Trek Into Darkness when she said Angelina's announcement is very important and inspiring for women who could be facing the same risks!
What we didn't know, however was how or why it happened… something that we've been pretty curious about!
So Aviva explained: she lost the leg when she was six years old in a farming accident while visiting a friend upstate.
But that didn't stop her from having a fulfilling life and love life! In fact, it kinda weeded the jerks from her dating sphere:
“When I first started dating at Fieldston [her high school]. But in law school, it was different. People are sexually attracted to each other, and after a date or two I’d have to tell them. It’s a great way to weed out the ones who shouldn’t have been with me. It was almost a protection from the bad ones out there."
We're so totally excited to see what she brings to the show — regardless of the amputation backstory!
A FitPerez reader is worried about toxic chemicals in her beauty products, so she wrote Fran Drescher for advice, asking:
My name is Lisa, and I'm from Atlanta. I've read about all of the toxic chemicals in beauty products, but there are so many, I have trouble remembering them when I'm at the store. Do you have any suggestions?
FitPerez reader Lauren has been using antibacterial soap her whole life, but heard it may not be as healthy as it sounds. For advice she wrote cancer survivor Fran Drescher, asking:
I’ve always made sure to buy antibacterial soap for my home to keep my family healthy but now I’m hearing antibacterial soaps can do more harm than good? What’s the deal with antibacterial soap?
According to Fran:
Most antibacterial soaps contain an ingredient called Triclosan, which has been linked to cancer, thyroid disruption, skin irritation, liver and inhalation toxicity and antibiotic-resistant “superbugs”. Pretty scary stuff when you think about it. Triclosan can also be listed in the ingredients as Irgasan, Triclocarban, Biofresh, Ster-zac, Microban and Cloxifenolum. Check your products and see if it contains this chemical and to play it safe, just use plain ol’ soap and water.
Cancer survivor and early detection advocate Fran Drescher is one of the many people joining together to send New York Governor Andrew Cuomo a message — don't frack New York!
The Happily Divorced star and FitPerez contributor placed her John Hancock on a letter written by Heinz Award-winning biologist and cancer survivor Sandra Steingraber, which demonstrates links between the controversial energy-extraction process, known as hydrofracking, and cancer.