Zoe Saldana: I Was "Dying Inside" as a Teenage Dancer

Zoe Saldana has the honor of being the first woman to grace the cover of Cosmopolitan for Latinas -- a major accomplishment for the 33-year-old actress.

"People think of Latina women as being fiery and fierce, which is usually true. But I think the quality that so many Latinas possess is strength," the Avatar actress says in the magazine's premiere issue. "I'm very proud to have Latin blood."

A beaming Saldana models a $2,295 Dolce & Gabbana dress and $1,245 Christian Louboutin shoes on the cover, in addition to a $120 Gerard Yosca cuff and $240 Alex Monroe earrings. The actress -- who split with Bradley Cooper in March after a three-month courtship -- also opens up to the magazine about why she gave up dance in her teens.

"I had to quit ballet because it felt like a part of me was dying inside. It takes a lot of courage to face up to things you can't do because we feed ourselves so much denial," she tells Cosmopolitan for Latinas. "In dance, you use every part of your body except your voice. I wanted to start acting because I wanted to use my voice."

Saldana -- who is currently filming the untitled Star Trek sequel -- next appears in The Words, alongside her ex Cooper, 37, and Olivia Wilde, 28.