Eva Mendes: ‘I Pose Nude For My Art’

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Eva Mendes barely covered up

Eva Mendes, the gloriously good-looking and possibly talented film star*, gave an interview to go with her W Magazine cover, and although we normally skip these sorts of things to get straight to the centerfolds, some of her quotes caught our eyes as we flipped by:

"I’ve never had a problem with nudity, but I don’t put it out there without a reason. I’m not an exhibitionist. But, honestly, for my art I’ll do anything almost. I’ll go there."

"I know I walk a fine line between being a respected actor and being what they call a sex symbol. It’s a hard one to walk if you want to be known as a real, credible actor. But I’ve never felt objectified. Nothing you see me do is an accident. I might act like it’s an accident, but the opposite is true. I’m incredibly calculated when it comes to my career."

"I don’t consider myself a Latin American actress. I was born and raised here, and I have Cuban parents, but for me, I am the new American girl. It’s not only Drew Barrymore and the blond mid-western girl. This, [pointing to her face] is also what we look like now."

BOOM. Take that, pale-skin-worshipping America.

Eva Mendes W Magazine cover

(*has anyone seen any of her movies? I think I’ve only seen her in Bad Lieutenant — where she was forgettable — and Training Day.)