10 Salma Hayek Facts That May Surprise You

When I turned 40, I started thinking, This is the last year, whenever Id wear a strapless dress, she said. I always thought you cant wear them after a certain age, but Im still getting away with it. See Stars Sexy Magazine Shoots Although Hayek has just come out with a new skin-care line, she doesnt place as high a priority on beauty as some might think. I know people have always thought I was beautiful, but I have never tried to be as beautiful as I can be, she said. I could do a lot more: exercise, or not eat dessert. Or not drink alcohol. I could make bigger efforts. I dont think my first priority in life has ever been beauty. Its a little bit of a rebellious spirit in me. There is more to me than looks, of course, she added. No surprise then that Hayek does not fear aging. I think if you are afraid of getting older, you age faster, she said. Her advice for women: Youve got to take who you are and love who you are and do the best you can with what youve got. That goes for the figure, and it goes for everything else. Youve got to have a sense of humor about who you are and give yourself a break.

Sierra Leone has the highest infant mortality rate in the world, in part fueled by malnutrition. Physicians there told Hayek they would like to see mothers breastfeed for a full two years but that stigma too often gets in the way. Salma Hayek on Breastfeeding Hayek said her decision to breastfeed another woman’s child was an attempt to diminish the stigma placed on women for breast feeding. At the time she was still breastfeeding her 1-year-old daughter. null null She told “Nightline” co-anchor Cynthia McFadden that she thought her daughter wouldn’t mind sharing her milk. “Am I being disloyal to my child by giving her milk away?” Hayek said. “I actually think my baby would be very proud to share her milk. And when she grows up I’m going to make sure she continues to be a generous, caring person.” Hayek told McFadden that that the idea of helping a child in this way had a long tradition in her family. She related a story about her great-grandmother many years ago in Mexico saving the starving baby of a stranger by breastfeeding the child. What Others Are Saying A blogger on EW.com, the web site for Entertainment Weekly, declared the video clip winner of the “biggest eyebrow-raiser award” and called Hayek cool “because her left breast has now done more for humanity in a few minutes than I’ve done in roughly my life.” null null People commenting on mom and parenting web sites also had kudos for Hayek. “I got warm fuzzies when I saw this video,” wrote Ribbiee78 on iVillage.com. “Awesome, just awesome. Even that little bit will help this baby boy.” Jennifer Perillo, who is the food editor at Working Mother magazine and writes blogs for NYC Moms Blog, The Mama Chronicles and The Daily Juggle, called Hayek’s act “one of the greatest gifts you can give…a piece of yourself.” Perillo is currently nursing her nine-month old baby.

Salma Hayek On Why She Breastfed Another Woman’s Baby

Throughout her career she has won many awards including a Screen Actors Guild Award and a Daytime Emmy. Hayek is the mother to five-year-old Valentina Paloma and wife to French billionaire Francois Henri Pinault. Her latest films include Savages, Grown Ups and Grown Ups II. When Hayek is not busy filming, she likes watching Mexican soccer, practicing Krav Maga (the official self defense system of the Israeli military) and spending time with little Valentina. Here are more interesting facts about actress Salma Hayek that even her biggest fan may find surprising: Loading Slideshow No. 1 As a child, Hayeks grandmother regularly shaved her head and eyebrows because she thought it would make her hair grow thicker, glossier and darker. No. 2 Hayek has always had a rebellious nature. When she was 12 years old she was sent to a boarding school in Louisiana and was expelled after two years. No. 3 Her performance in the movie Frida garnered Hayeks best career reviews and made her one of four Latinas nominated for Best Actress at the Academy Awards. No. 4 She participated in a large protest against the murders of women in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. No. 5 Hayek founded her own production company, Ventanarosa, in 1999 and produced the hit show Ugly Betty. No. 6 When Hayek and Friends star Matthew Perry filmed the movie Fools Rush In, there were rumors that the on-screen lovers hated each other in real life. Both dispelled the rumors some time later. No. 7 Hayek played a stripper in two movies: Dogma and From Dusk Till Dawn. No.