At the age of 48, Salma Hayek is still considered one of the most beautiful women in Hollywood, and in a new interview, the actress credits her good looks to not jumping on the botox bandwagon or altering her features with anti-aging surgery, despite being pressured by people in the industry.
To prove how confident she is with her au naturel appearance, Hayek also stripped down for a topless photo that she describes as a "freeing" experience, she explained:
"It's important to be free…and at my age it's exciting to still be able to take a photograph like that."
Along with posing in a series of stunning portraits, Hayek also told interviewers that the worst career advice she has ever received was to start botox treatment. She explained that once, someone in the industry had to audacity to tell her:
"'You should start Botox.' When I was young, they tried to sell me on the idea: 'If you do it now, then you won't get the wrinkles,' and thank God I didn't do that."
Hayek also doled out some inspirational advice for those who are worried about finding a life partner and revealed that, just like many of us, she has dated unsuitable people in the past to avoid being alone. Hayek, who met her husband, François-Henri Pinault, later in life told interviewers that:
"I wish I knew [when I was younger] that I was going to fall crazy in love with the perfect man. I was so worried, and I dated some people I shouldn't have dated. You get desperate, and you start seeing wonderful things in, like, the wrong guys. I also found some pretty good guys. But I wish I could say to myself, 'Hey, chill out. You're going to get a great husband that's going to adore you.' I would have saved myself a lot of personal drama."
The Allure interview isn't the only source of inspirational quotes from Salma Hayek this week, the 48-year-old actress has also spoken out about how pleased she is that gender discrimination is finally being spoken about in Hollywood. Hayek explained to The Los Angeles Times how she thinks actresses such as Maggie Gyllenhaal being vocal about the trials they have faced as women in the industry is "wonderful":
"That’s wonderful. That means there’s been an evolution. I’m very hopeful that it’s gonna change really fast, not because Hollywood cares about women but because we represent economically something that they need and that they neglected. Now they’re in trouble because they don’t even know what we want to see."
Hayek also explained how the new animation movie that she both produced and stars in (Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet) was made with the body image of young girls in mind and the young protagonist was actually based on drawings of her 7-year-old daughter. She told interviewers that:
"Nobody looks like a Disney princess in this one. The proportions. I'll tell you a secret. From the beginning they drew me and Valentina, my daughter. It started with a real girl."