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GIRL, YOU'VE COME A LONG WAY
For someone who started out in telenovelas, Salma Hayek has gone pretty far. Farther, we might say, than any other telenovela actress, having found success in Hollywood not only in front of the cameras but also as a producer (remember Ugly Betty?). She's also found an extremely successful man, become a mother and managed to stay active and beautiful. Here's Salma in 1989, when she starred in the acclaimed telenovela Teresa in her native Mexico. This was the role that catapulted her to full stardom. Nice hairdo!
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SHE'S GOT A GREAT LOVE STORY
Salma Hayek and French magnate Francois-Henry Pinault's story is as romantic as romance can get. They married in Paris on February 14th, 2009. In case that wasn't romantic enough, then came the religious ceremony in Venice, Italy, in April of that year. Together, they have a daughter named Valentina Paloma (born September 2007).
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SHE'S ONE STYLISH LATINA
Being married to the CEO of the company that owns brands like Gucci and Saint Laurent Paris (among several others), Salma simply has to look stylish anywhere she goes. And she manages to pull it off every single time. She left us gasping for air as she wallked the 2013 Oscars red carpet in this midnight blue velvet Alexander McQueen dress with gold-embellished neckline. Stunning!
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A LOVING MOM
Salma and daughter Valentina Paloma are the best of pals. The actress brings her daughter everywhere she goes, and truly enjoys motherhood. "I have never been apart from Valentina for more than a week," she said in a recent interview with The Guardian. "My friends who don't have children say it's impossible to get together with me because I don't want to talk about anything else except motherhood.
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LIKE WE WERE SAYING...
Yes, Salma's style is worth noting again and again, and her appearance at the 2013 Golden Globes is another clear example: simply gorgeous in this Gucci dress.
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SHE SPEAKS OUT FOR WOMEN
Salma Hayek is pretty invested in her activism to increase awareness on violence against women all over the world. She's donated tens of thousands of dollars to organizations assisting battered women in Mexico, and continues to lead the discussion on the topic.
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SHE LIKES SOCCER!
Like any good Latina, Salma enjoys a little bit of good soccer (or futbol, as we like to call it). Here she is a few days ago with hubby Francois-Henri Pinault at the final match of the French League Cup between Stade Rennais FC and AS Saint-Étienne, held at the Stade de France in Paris.
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SHE PLAYED A GREAT FRIDA
For those who may have ever doubted Salma's acting skills, she put those doubts to rest with a very impressive interpretation of legendary Mexican painted Frida Kahlo in the 2002 movie Frida (which she also co-produced). The role garnered her an Oscar nomination for Best Actress.
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SHE HANGS OUT WITH WOLVES!
In her latest films, Grown Ups 2, Salma Hayek teams up with dreamy Twilight saga actor Taylor Lautner.
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SHE WEARS A GREAT MILK MUSTACHE
Salma Hayek proves that milk does a body good as she dresses up in a robe and hair rollers for the Got Milk! campaign.
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SHE WAS SEXY THEN...
America got to know Salma thanks to movies like Desperado (1995) and From Dusk Til Dawn (1996), where she played a sexy vampire queen. And seventeen years later...
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SHE'S STILL SEXY!
"I am 46; I will not have Botox. You know why (I don’t need to do it)? Because I eat! I eat the fat, I eat the vegetables, I eat everything," Salma told the Harper's Bazaar UK in 2012. She will turn 47 in September, looking as good as ever!