ByVaria Fedko-Blake, writer at
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Varia Fedko-Blake

When it comes to going against the status quo, Zoe Saldana and her husband Marco Perego are in the lead. They simply don't care about conforming to typical marriage ideals and I think it's truly wonderful!

Having married the Guardians of the Galaxy actress in the summer of 2013, the Italian artist's progressive decision to take his wife's name certainly caught our attention - after all, this move is rather unconventional in a society in which it is typical for the woman to take her husband's name in marriage.

Speaking with InStyle, Saldana said:

"I tried to talk him out of it. I told him, ‘If you use my name, you’re going to be emasculated by your community of artists, by your Latin community of men, by the world."

However, in reply her wonderful husband simply reassured her:

"Ah, Zoe, I don’t give a sheet."

Exactly! Because why not? In the 21st century, why should we adhere to such archaic marriage conventions. If Marco wants to take Zoe's name, who is to say he shouldn't? After all, we live in a modern world with new trends of modern thinking so we really shouldn't be so shocked at the Saldana household's contemporary twist on marriage.

And other celebrity couples have clearly thought in the same vein over the years. Take a look at the following 2 high-profile marriages that saw the husband embrace the wife's name too:

1. Beyoncé and Jay-Z

Jay-Z, real name Shawn Carter, chose to hyphenate his name with Queen B's, making him legally Shawn Knowles-Carter.

2. John Lennon & Yoko Ono

When he died, John's legal name was John Winston Ono Lennon, and her's was Yoko Ono Lennon.

Yet, despite this, studies show that 90% of women still change their names to that of their husband when they marry, and 50% of Americans think that you should be legally required to do so. What do you think?



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