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Kelsey Glein
Mar 19, 2015 @ 5:25 pm

Zoe Saldana may be known for taking red carpet risks, and that's in part thanks to her stylist Petra Flannery who also boasts clients like Amy Adams, Gwen Stefani, and Emma Stone.

But one color Saldana was never interested in wearing in the past? Pink. "I'm not a pink girl. I was always against pink," Saldana tells InStyle at The Hollywood Reporter & Jimmy Choo's 5th annual 25 Most Powerful Stylists Luncheon yesterday. "I think it took Petra the first two years of our relationship for her to build up my confidence to wearing pink, and not feel weak or like a chick. I was equating it to all the wrong things, and pink is such a strong color. It's so feminine but also very striking and commanding. And so she gets me to wear all shades of pink now."

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In the past year, the actress has been spotted in multiple hues of the color, from fuchsia to barely blush.

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And when it comes deciding what the actress will wear, she reveals that it's a joint effort: "It's a very artistic process, and it's always fun," says Saldana. "For me, it's never a strategic thing. I go by my moods. If I'm feeling really feminine, then we'll do something with color. If I'm feeling like blue, we'll do something that reflects that. Petra respects that you're an artist, and she also respects everybody's personalityshe just tries to enhance it. She knows that the happier you are wearing an outfit, the more you're going to rock it. She pushes me in all the right places."

Flannery, who was awarded the top spot on The Hollywood Reporter’s annual list, also knows how to make getting red carpet-ready above all, a good time. "It's all about having fun," Saldana shares. "We always put some music on. We always do voices. We play characters. An hour fitting ends up becoming a four or five hour thing where we order food and drink champagne. It has to be fun for me because if the creative process isn't, then what I'm wearing just feels very superficial and very fleeting."

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—With reporting by Scott Huver

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