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Zoe Saldana And Her Husband Are Creating The Most Beautiful, Gender Fluid Atmospheres For Their Kids

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Zoe Saldana-Perego, born Zoe Yadira Saldaña Nazario, is the Dominicana we’ve loved to love since her film debut in “Center Stage” (2000), where she played a Latinx ballet dancer, whose culture defied that of the fictional American Ballet Academy. Since then she’s gone one to star in “Star Trek,” “Avatar,” “Guardians of the Galaxy,” and “Colombiana.”

One of her most stunningly beautiful personal accomplishments is how she chooses to raise her kids–without gender norms. Meet Bowie, Cy and Zen.

1. Saldana is married to Italian artist Marco Perego.

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Perego is also a rugby player whose nickname is The Pirate because of his long locks, and some interesting art pieces. He actually created a massive gum ball sculpture where instead of gum balls, there were human skulls inside.

2. They secretly got married in June 2013 in London.

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Going against traditions, Perego took Saldana’s last name, making him Marco Perego-Saldana, and her Zoe Saldana-Perego. Their kids’ names will be Perego-Saldana.

3. All their kids are bilingual in Spanish and English.

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Hubby learned to speak Spanish so that they, as a family, can all speak the language together. Good husband. 🐶

Caption: “Seeds of our Great Tree. Mi manchi tanto 📷 @finnjk”

4. Bowie and Cy are twins.

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They were both (obviously) born in 2014. The Perego-Saldanas are a private family, that’s for sure, and Zoe kept her first pregnancy under wraps for the first three months. We’re glad we get to see her beautiful family grow via Instagram.

5. Basically, Zoe is the only woman in the house.

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She is surrounded by dudes of all shapes and ages. In an interview with US Magazine, Zoe confessed, “I’m learning a lot about male biology. Boys are insane…but they’re sensitive, too.”

6. There is no male or female role in the house.

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Zoe does a lot of the repair work, like setting up the TV, and Marco does some household chores, making for a gender-fluid environment. We could all use a lot more of that.

7. “We’re so of a very gender fluid household. I think it’s important to raise boys in that environment and girls as well.”

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Amen, mami. I love that these niños are bringing their wisdom to their schools, and growing up to be people who respect women just as equally as men. We imagine that they’re probably also getting every opportunity to define their own gender since there is no prescription.

8. The only thing prescribed in their household? Fun.

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Zoe says her kids have taught her a lot, too. “We’re caught raising and teaching and disciplining and cooking and cleaning and not enough time to play. I think that my kids always remind me when I’m being too boring. They go, ‘Mama, be nice, sit down and play with me.’ That’s what they’re teaching me.”

9. Being a mom can be hella sucio though.

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When asked what her grossest moment was Zoe responded, “Oh, you know, when you’re talking to a total stranger and you smell something and look down and are covered in sh*t.”

🙊

10. And a working mom is a whole other ballgame.

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Caption: “You do what you have to do to be there…. Haces lo que tienes que hacer para estar ahí. #workingmom#madresquetrabajan”

11. With artists for parents, these kids are already getting down to business.

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The Latino household I grew up in was all about following the rules, cleaning up after yourself, and never doing anything that might make the floors dirty, including walking on them on Saturdays.

12. La Cultura is very alive in these ones.

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We have a feeling that Bowie and Cy didn’t color these Día de los Muertos masks in, but they’re definitely confused about where their mom went. Same. #BringBackZoe

13. And la abuelita is always your #wcw.

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For Zoe at least. Si tengo un elote por cada vez Zoe se pone una #wcw de su mami, I’d be fat af.

14. Oh, and the Saldana-Perego’s also work to end child poverty.

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Caption: “We’ve got our #NosesOn… help end child poverty for @RedNoseDayUSA by visiting RedNoseDay.org to learn more + find out how you can help. You can also snag your own Red Nose shirt designed by @victoriabeckham! 🔴🔴🔴”

15. What is an ideal day in the life of Zoe Saldana-Perego?

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She told US Magazine, “An ideal day is when the kids wake up happy, they eat all their breakfast, take a nap, everybody poops and pees, they drink water and they go to sleep on time so I can at least have an evening with my husband.”

16. But fame doesn’t make you immune to blowouts.

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“Blowouts always happen in the most inconvenient time. I’ve had all of those. I’ve checked every box. Airport, public places, in the car, sitting and talking to people that you barely know.” 

17. Her proudest moment as a mother is when her kids’ first communicated.

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Whether that was with a word, or baby sign language, the moment she was able to communicate with each of her sons was a treasure moment of many to come.

18. All we know, is that these babies are growing up in a mystical new cultura.

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And we’re here for it.

Caption: “I thought the earth remembered me, / She took me back so tenderly / Arranging her skirts / Her pockets full of lichens and seeds. / I slept as never before / A stone on the riverbed, / Nothing between me and the white fire of the stars, / But my thoughts. / And they floated light as moths / Among the branches of the perfect trees. / All night I heard the small kingdoms / Breathing around me. / The insects and the birds / Who do their work in darkness. / All night I rose and fell, / As if water, grappling with luminous doom. / By morning I had vanished at least a dozen times / Into something better. / SLEEPING IN THE FOREST By Mary Oliver”


READ: Leave It To Zoe Saldana To Take Something As Dark As Her Character’s Baggage And Turn It Into A Message Of Strength And Redemption

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These Photos Of Celebs With Their Beautiful Fur Babies Will Melt Your Heart Because, Duh

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These Photos Of Celebs With Their Beautiful Fur Babies Will Melt Your Heart Because, Duh

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Pets bring so much joy into a home. A lot of times parents are quick to tell you that they are not feeding or walking the newest family member. They always give in and handle the day-to-day operations of loving the animal. In the last decade alone, Latinos have accounted for more than half of the growth in animal companionship. It’s because we have bleeding hearts, though none as big as Demi Lovato’s. 😅

Find out which fluffer your favorite celebrity goes to bat for.

Camila Cabello and Ringo

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Just last year, Camila posted a tribute to the dog she grew up with, Ringo, who had just passed. She posted, “I’m going to miss u so much Ringo, thank u for letting me be a part of your life… rest in peace angel.”

2. Mariah Carey and Jackson P. Muttley

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Mariah Carey está aqui por los perros, specifically her Jack Russel, Jackson P. Muttley, who she goes literally nowhere without. Honestly, could you live with yourself if you had to leave that love nugget behind?

Bella Thorne and Tampon

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That’s right. Beall Thorne decided to name her Tampon and it isn’t the weirdest name given to a pet, tbh. Someone chastised her for the name on Instagram and she responded, “Naming her tampon? When did tampon become a bad thing? When did someone buy a tampon and it didn’t come in handy?” Hard to argue that point.

Demi Lovato and Hairy-ette

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Demi Lovato brought home a hairless Sphynx kitten awhile back, thinking that she wouldn’t be allergic to him because he has no hair. Wrong. Fans saw her face blow up before their very eyes and she had to return him. Everyone was devastated by the result.

But that hasn’t stopped her from loving on hypoallergenic dogs.

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Lovato is very obsessed with her dogs, who are named Batman and Ella. They not only have their own children’s book about their story, but Batman even has his own Instagram account, @demisbatman.

J.Lo and her adorable Boxers…and one Lab.

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She’s confessed that it’s her favorite breed, but more than anything, she loves watching her kids grow up with such lovebugs.

George Lopez and Owen

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Lopez says that the dog just kind of found him, but that the two were meant for each other. He adopted lil Owen when he was just one year old, and they’ve been literally sharing pudding on the couch ever since.

Gina Rodriguez and Casper

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Rodriguez rescued Casper and the two have been spotted canoodling and snuggling in bed with her boyfriend ever since. We all need a Casper. Just look at how happy that little pup has made Rodriguez. We all deserve that kind of love. #AdoptDontShop

Michelle Rodriguez and her beautiful kitty.

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MRod is a rare celebrity cat lady, and while she looks sad about it in this photo, we know that she’s actually very happy with her sweet cat.

Gisele Bündchen and her pack of dogs.

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Gisele has used her fame and wealth to give homes to countless dogs. They all live in her house. Rumor has it that her husband Tom Brady brought home a beagle named Scooby Doo without even giving her a heads up, so she returned the favor.

Allesandra Ambrosio and Ruffles

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His name is Ruffles and he clearly needs to be carried at all times. Look at him hugging her arm. How adorable is that little face.

Eva Longoria and Jinxy

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We could write a whole biography on Longoria’s obsesión with Jinxy, who has graced the covers of magazines with her. She dresses him in Halloween outfits, and of course he wears a bowtie on special occasions.

Kat Von D and Piaf

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Wondered what Demi’s cat would have looked like all grown up? Leave it to Kat Von D to be the best and the baddest cat lover of all time. An outspoken animal rights activist and vegan, Kat Von D made a home for this special breed.

Read: These Celebs Want You To Know That They Are Proud Vegetarians And Vegans

Thalía and her assortment of animals.

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Latin pop star Thalía has a special place in her bright and shiny heart for Pomeranians. She let her daughter name one of them “Amorcita Love,” which just feels right.

Danny Trejo

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Danny Trejo is another major activist for shelter animals. He’s posed for PSA’s that promote adoption over buying animals, and we love his soft spot for animals under a seemingly machismo exterior.

Mark Consuelos

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Hottie Mark Consuelos is a fan of the small, very fluffy types. Him and wife Kelly Ripa are often spotted walking their pupparoo around Los Angeles.

Shakira and her two fluffy bunnies.

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She brought home two bunnies a few years back and they’ve grown into much bigger guys, and very close siblings. You kind of can’t get just one bun, because two buns are better than one.

Read: 17 Latin Dog Breeds You Should Beg Your Mom To Let You Have

Mario Lopez and his Frenchies

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Somehow, French Bulldogs just make sense for Mario Lopez. Like, you wouldn’t have guessed they’d be his breed of choice, but it just makes sense. Perhaps it’s because they too are small, muscular and adorable.

Naya Rivera and her royal pups

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Naya Rivera clearly prefers the King Charles Spaniels, and I totally get it. Look at those Lady & The Tramp style ears. I’ll brush your ears every day, Rivera perros.

Zoe Saldana and Mugsy

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Saldana is another fan of rescuing and introduced the world to Mugsy when she first adopted him back in 2012. His look hasn’t changed much. White Bat in Headlights, don’t you think?


READ: This Mexican Dog Has His Own Instagram Account And It’s The Cutest Thing Ever

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