Salma Hayekis the first to admit she’s not perfect.
“I have an accent, am dyslexic, short and chubby,” the actress admits in the November issue of Harper’sBazaar UK, on stands Thursday. “You name it, I have it, but I am here. I must be the luckiest girl in the world to be working.”
Despite Hollywood’s dieting obsessions and skinny standards, Hayek has no interest in starving. “I am on the limit of chubbiness because I love my food and my wine,” she says. “It’s not the best for fashion, but it’s good for my mood. I am happy because I eat…. The truth is I just don’t have the drive to be the prettiest and the thinnest. I can be happy for other people for their beauty. Learn to be happy for others, and you can never run out of happiness.”
While her indulgences may not help her waistline, Hayek sees its benefits as she ages.
“I am 46; I will not have Botox,” Hayek says. “You know why? I don’t need to do it because I eat! I eat the fat, I eat the vegetables, I eat everything. If you exercise too much and you don’t eat enough, it takes its toll on the skin. Everything starts aging. If you don’t eat carbs, you slow your metabolism down. And you know what? You look miserable.”
And even despite their talent and beauty, Hayek thinks aging leading ladies need all the help they can get: “The worst thing you can be in Hollywood is a woman and over 40.” In many ways, however, Hayek has defied the odds. Not only does the Mexican stunner still have her cover-worthy looks, but her career isn’t slowing down — the actress just hit the big screen alongside Blake Lively, Taylor Kitsch and Benicio Del Toro in Oliver Stone‘s Savages.
Still, Hayek recognizes Hollywood’s never-ending chase of the fountain of youth. “In recent years, we have had to fight against our genetic nature to look like little boys, to be socially accepted as beautiful,” she says. “It used to be that a young girl couldn’t wait to grow up and take the shape of a woman. Now our goal is regression, to look younger and like a child. There has not been enough diversity of boy shape in fashion.”
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