Salma Hayek: ‘I’m not a skinny girl, I’m at the limit of chubbiness at all times’

These are some photos of Salma Hayek and her husband Francois at the opening of the Luc Besson’s Cité du Cinéma in Paris two nights ago. Thoughts on the styling? It’s particularly unflattering, isn’t it? I know a lot of you throw shade at Salma’s looks, but I still think she’s a gorgeous woman with an incredible body, and I don’t think any of this does her any favors. Bad hair with weird little bang-lets/fringe and an unflattering and matronly blousy black dress. Topped off with that enormous diamond necklace. I guess Salma wanted the jewelry to be on display, but it feels like the necklace is an afterthought with all of the other stuff we have to deal with.

Now, even though I’m wary of throwing shade at Salma’s beauty, I will continue to think that Salma is rather full of herself, and lacking in some self-awareness. Salma covers the new issue of More Magazine Canada, and some of the interview excerpts are… um…

On not worrying about being thin: “I’m not a skinny girl. I push it. I’m at the limit of chubbiness at all times, but I’m happy at all times.”

On her weakness for food: “Everybody has a weakness. Mine is food. If you love food and you love red wine and they put you in France, you’re in a good place and you’re in a bad place at the same time. You have to weigh yourself every day, and you have to have an alarm number. When you get to that number, you have to start putting it in reverse.”

On making it as an actress: “I was smart enough to realize that [Mexican soap opera] was not good acting, and I wanted to be a really good actress. I started from the bottom all over again. I was prepared to be unknown, but I was not prepared to be rejected so many times and to be made fun of because I came from a Mexican soap opera. It was almost like, ‘How dare you think you can be an actress here?’ Like I was a stupid person for considering that possibility. God, we set them straight!”

On the happiness she feels in her 40s: “I feel more relaxed. I don’t have to prove something. I don’t have that urge of ‘Something’s missing, gotta get out there and find it somehow.’ I was always dreaming big, but my life is better than anything I dreamed.”

On whether she’s a pushy mom: “I make an effort to be laid back and often I want to give her space, and then I catch myself doing things. In Paris I had a birthday party with a piñata with kids, who were Mexican, they were boys and they were older. She was really concerned she wouldn’t be able to take a candy when the piñata broke. I said, ‘Don’t worry’. When the piñata broke, she couldn’t get in, I was pushing them, trying to get in. And then I caught myself and I thought, ‘I’ve turned into one of those mothers!’ I moved away. I think I’m a bit of both. I think we all are.”

Valentina’s Olympic dreams: “She’s into the gymnastics because of the Olympics. It’s amazing how she points her toes, like a little bird or something. She’s doing it every day.”

[From Gossip Center, Monsters & Critics]

Hearing Salma Hayek describe herself as “I’m at the limit of chubbiness at all times” makes me want to bash my head into a wall. She’s NOT chubby. Having a petite hourglass figure is NOT chubby. I don’t want anyone – much less Salma Hayek – to start redefining the word “chubby”. As for her insistence that she showed the world that she was or is some kind of great actress… ugh. I don’t think she’s an awful actress, but she’s not “God, we set them straight!”-quality, you know? What Salma has is watchability and a star quality, which is not to be confused with Great Acting.

Photos courtesy of More Mag, WENN.

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  1. Liv says:

    I really hate these platform-shoes! Can this trend finally end please?!

  2. Kvan says:

    Why did she feel the need to point out that the kids at her daughter’s party were Mexican. What did that have to do with anything?

    • Ella says:

      Because kids in Europe know nothing about pinatas. maybe from the movies, but it means nothing to them.

    • Ennie says:

      They know how to fight for candy, and poor Tiny girly Valentina would be left with none! That is what she meant, for sure. I can almost see Salma in the middle of the boys getting candy for Valentina, LOL!

    • mayamae says:

      I actually re-read that part because it struck me as so strange. Maybe she’s attempting to make up for her previous comment about not really feeling Mexican anymore? She makes it sound like she imported a bunch of Mexican kids – older, and boys at that – and they were grubby little urchins stealing the little princesses candy. It’s ridiculous.

      • Ennie says:

        I actually read it as Salma criticising herself for not letting Valentina get her own candy, you know? Like learning to domthose little things, instead of reassuring her daughter, she acted as a controlling mom getting in the way of the children. And she saw herself doing this. Of course there are Mexicans and half Mexicans in France, Germany, etc. No need to import those.

  3. Cherry says:

    Good lord. She’s becoming more and more insufferable lately, isn’t she? I’m not even talking about that ‘I’m not a skinny girl’ comment- I’m pretty sure she was just fishing for compliments. But the ‘God, we set them straight!’ and ‘I was always dreaming big, but my life is better than anything I dreamed’… Ugh. Please put a lid on it, Salma. You’re gorgeous, you’ve worked hard and you’ve been lucky. Good for you. Now, zip it.

    • tru tru says:


      She’s actually been going on for a few yrs ..on and on and on.

      Every since her hubby’s side kid surfaced, she’s been trying to prove that her life is amazeballs, we got it girl, I still would not want him crawling anywhere near me.
      money or not.

      she’s annoying as hell

    • Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

      Does ‘we’ refer to her and Daddy Warbucks, or am I confusing her with one of the other oil scions who had her early career purchased for her?

      Of course she worked up a resume but her lack of introspection and righteous indignation don’t exactly reveal a great deal of perspective on her part.

      Who knows? Maybe in those days she was an honest-to-God crap actress with poor diction, nepotism-level talent and entitlement and a less-than-perfect ability to bring out the best in her roles because she wasn’t working in her native language and had limited training. Nah, that couldn’t be it.

  4. cmc says:

    Wow, so I’m the only one who liked this? With the “at the limit of chubbiness” comments, I read more that she means she can’t afford to gain wait or she’ll start looking chubby. I agree with that- her figure is PERFECT and gorgeous, but weight gain may not necessarily make her a slightly bigger hourglass. Maybe she gains belly and face weight and boom! Small waist is gone and she would look chubby. Although really that wouldn’t be the end of the world.

    On the “we showed them!” it sounds like she went to Hollywood, they tried to laugh her out, and she became a star anyway.

    Now a question: what did Salma Hayek do that makes her a person we criticize so severely? Why do we interpret her words in the worst possible way? I mean, this isn’t Kim Kardashian or something…

  5. Bubbling says:

    I feel she has this need to prove her self as new aristocracy tee club and horses type of woman (or whatever insanely rich people do these days) and in doing so she is covering and killing her sexy latina side, which made her popular btw and is essence of what people found to be attractive in/about her…

  6. tru tru says:

    she always wags her own tail, tooo much.

    and makes her self sound so “above” and she no where near “above” when it comes to acting, she’s no way near it.

    uh good for her.

    never been a fan

  7. Hahahaha says:

    I actually think her chubby comments show how much she’s internalized the Hollywood standard of stick thin beauty. She thinks she’s chubby, b/c they think she’s chubby.

  8. Jayna says:

    I read it differently. She’s very, very short and voluptuous. She’s not stick thin, but healthy looking. Maybe what she meant is she’s at the edge of going into chubbiness at all times, but doesn’t because she diets and exercises. If she didn’t and ate what she wanted she would move into chubby fairly quickly.

    • Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

      I let that bit slide because she’s my body double. As someone who will not eat reduced-fat dairy (what he hell is skim milk? Why is ‘milk’ blue? That’s just pressed udder scrapings in heavy water. Don’t get me started on yogurt) I can empathize. The rest is kind of bunk, though.

  9. littlemissnaughty says:

    I really wish she’d stop doing interviews because until she married that French billionaire and became some gross version of Goop (Goop at least owns being insufferable and above every peasant out there, Salma is just so … unaware of the crap she spews) I really liked watching her on screen. Now all I can think of are her interviews.

    Maybe I’m trying to make excuses for her but could the reason for her saying this stuff be that she’s not a native speaker of English? I know I know, she’s been living in the US long enough but some people, try as they might, can’t get every nuance of the language right and sometimes she sounds like she belongs in that group. She’s “happy at all times”? No, that can’t be right. What she probably means is that her baseline is happy but I highly doubt she is happy ALL the time. And yesterday that line about her husband being “nice to her”? Probably meant to say “he treats me like a queen” or “he spoils me”.

    Or maybe I just desperately want her to mean ANYTHING other than what she actually says.

  10. Ann says:

    She’s a very minor acting talent. Even in “Frida”, she was mediocre (which is good for her).

  11. E says:

    Ugly inside and out. And bad actress.

  12. Isa says:

    If I’m perfectly honest, I always thought she would be chubby by now.
    And I read it to mean she’s not chubby but it could easily go that way if she passed her alarm weight.

  13. TG says:

    I thought her comment about having a weight limit was cute. I have one and I think many people do have a limit where they realize okay no more cookies, or beer or whatever. I also like that she talked about making it in Hollywood and how there is a prejudice against Mexican soap actors. So she did “show them”, maybe not in amazing talent but in success at least. I do wish she would stop harping on about how amazing life is with a French billionaire though. That part is insufferable and it is not an acheivement in my book to bag a rich man. Agree, why the need for the comment about Mexican boys at her daughter’s party. I am surpirsed that Salma would even deign to associate with a Mexican. Maybe it was just her family though.

    • Ennie says:

      Young Mexican boys at a piñata… You have not seen the throw themselves at the floor to get candy, ha! You have not seen Mexican adults throwing themselves at the floor to get the candy!!!! It is about being the winner, and actually it is not just about getting the most candy, but also the parts of the piñata that are falling off, or jumping trying to destroy the piñata using hands, or hitting it the hardest, breaking the stick… Its is fun.
      Maybe I genreralized too much and some Mexican piñata parties are not like that but in the many parties in my hometown boys and girls are like that and even adults end up having the most fun, getting candy too, especially in Christmas time. Many times you do not eat the whole bunch, as I said, it is about beating the others at getting the most.

  14. Mew says:

    She is “on the edge of chubbiness” yet her cheeks are gaunt.. I can’t imagine how her face looked like if she was “thin” then.

    She’s just normal size, that’s all.

  15. Jaxx says:

    That necklace would have looked better against bare skin.

  16. bc says:

    As someone who is also 5’1″, she’s right about the weight thing. I have an “alarm weight” too (although I call it my “stop fucking around” weight). Because I am so short, if I have a big dessert or I forget to work out one week, I will gain 2-3 pounds easily (which on me looks like 5-7 pounds because of my height). So I think that’s what she meant. I’ve been overweight before and I feel like I’m always on the verge if I don’t watch myself.

  17. Lem says:

    Salma is stunning and very voluptuous. Most naturally boobtastic figures run just shy of chubby in appearance, without a watchful eye, IMO. Fantastic boobs change the whole perceived shape of a woman. (Think how much smaller Jess would be perceived with a smaller rack)
    Salma, I think throughout her career has always had a gorgeous figure and throughout her career as extra 10- 15 lbs would have been pushing it. Thus the edge of chubbiness.
    I certainly can understand her theory. I don’t have an alarm #, as I pack on muscle and lean out depending on the training season, I’ll fluctuate 20 lbs without changing sizes. I do have ‘that’ pair of jeans. When that particular pair is comfortable – I’ve learned I need to focus or in the blink of an I, I’m in trouble.
    I get it

  18. LMS says:

    I actually really like what she says about being in her forties. I’m 39 and recently found myself feeling similarly.

  19. SmokeyBlues says:

    Being 5’9 I have an ten pound alarm range lol. I feel for smaller women like Salma who show if they gain 5 pounds. I can pack on ten pounds and my jeans fit the same. My point is I still have an alarm weight range, I think most women do, so I get what she’s saying.

    • MizzVJJ says:

      Lucky. I refuse to feel ugly because I’m only 4’11″, but I do see how an extra pound or two can look on me versus someone your height.

    • Stellax2 says:

      Ah, could you spare a few inches :)

      I’m 5’3″ and I have an alarm or an oh s*** weight. I’m very top heavy and it’s very annoying and tough on my back, seriously. And like many others have stated if I gain five lbs. it’s noticeable, at least to me, regardless if I can still fit in my jeans.

      I think Salma is beautiful but I feel like she is trying to be something she really isn’t or maybe she has converted into what Francois wants her to be?
      I’ve never thought her acting was any great shakes but I always gave her props for being one of the many women (and many who have passed)who breaks ethnic barriers in the Hollywood.
      I’m sure she’s heard you are too dark, could you lighten your hair a bit, put in some light contacts, etc., and she’s always stood her ground.
      But she needs to stop talking and work on her acting and family. No more interviews, Salma!

  20. bns says:

    She obviously means chubby by Hollywood standards. I wish I had her life (even the ugly billionaire husband). She’s absolutely gorgeous, and I love her.

  21. juju says:

    oh since she put her foot in her mouth talking about not knowing what it was to be Mexican anymore !! oh now she’s talking about being in Mexican soaps opera’s and pinata’s at her daugher’s birthday party !! oh shit up Salma, no taking it back !! so obvious

    • LAK says:

      ….but many immigrants do feel that disconnect from their old country with time if they haven’t returned to their old country, even if they are trying to keep aspects of old country in their new country.

      Unless she’s said something specifically and obviously anti-mexican, i don’t see why it’s interpreted that way.

      Culture is more about feeling so that if you move away from it, you feel it less. Pinatas is a way for her to maintain the culture even if the feeling isn’t as strong.

      Unless it’s taboo to say it out loud.

      • I find the longer I am away from Ireland, the less connection I have to that country. Sometimes I can’t remember what it was like to live anywhere other than the US and I didn’t come to the US until I was in university. I got that statement. I also get the “edge of chubby” comment. I feel like I am one cupcake away from being chubby at all times, and I know intellectually I am not. Maybe 2 cupcakes away.

        As far as her acting ability… I have always found Salma to be a competent actor. I think she has the capacity to be very good in certain roles. I don’t, however, consider her to be one of the greats.

  22. A Fan says:

    I don’t get the hate or confusion with her statement. She knows her body – she’s voluptuous and SHORT. Anyone who is built like that knows it takes very little to cross from curvy into chubby.

  23. Gia says:

    I bet that necklace is real. Homegirl married well…

  24. Mara says:

    She is one of the smart actresess ,she married this rich man who will give her everything she wants and maybe he is a good man even he is not that handsome .

  25. Loulou says:

    Has it occurred to anyone that all the Linda Evangelista-friendly media are the ones making Salma sound like a doorknob? Curious coincidence. She should do fewer interviews for a while. It feels like typical fashion world backstabbing, all too familiar.

    • Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

      Well, no. She isn’t a ventriloquist’s dummy, so if she sounds like a ‘doorknob’ she’s likely saying knobby things. No one thinks she’s evil or unattractive, it’s just that she talks a lot of nonsense these days.

    • Minty says:

      Oh puh-leeze! Don’t blame Linda or her friends for this. They don’t control the media. It’s Salma doing all the talking. She and her PR people agreed to this interview. She doesn’t need “help” to sound like a doorknob.

      I don’t even like Linda. She’s a talented, versatile model, but she has a longstanding reputation in the fashion industry of being cold and — like Naomi Campbell — very demanding.

      Salma has an easy life. She grew up wealthy and now is married to extreme wealth. She’s not too relatable because she’s pretentious yet acts like she’s had it hard.

      She claims she’d never get plastic surgery, even though there’s photo evidence she had a nose job and breast implants. She belongs with the fake and disingenous celebrities.

    • Viv says:

      Jo Mama and Minty: you couldn’t have said it better. Best Salma comments ever. Thanks for those.

  26. someone says:

    She looks a little pregnant in that black dress. And you all are much nicer than me – when I read curvy I just see it as a polite way of saying chubby. I respect Salma for calling it chubby.

  27. la chica says:

    She never said she was chubby. She said that if she wasn’t careful she could be.

  28. Eleonor says:

    “Everybody has a weakness. Mine is food.”
    And money, and jewls, and fancy dresses.
    “I feel more relaxed. I don’t have to prove something. I don’t have that urge of ‘Something’s missing”
    that’s why she’s landed a multibillionaire asshole for husband.

  29. Cinesnatch says:

    Salma said she wanted to become really good not great. She got nominated for an Oscar. That’s really good: to be nominated for Oscar.

    Also, she was really good in savages.

    I don’t think this was her over-tooting he own horn. She HAS cone a long way since Mexican soap opera. She took a chance and it paid off

    I was surprised when I read that ‘set them straight’ line, but she earned it.

    Why do I feel like this isn’t the first time I’ve had to jump to her defense on this site? And I’m not even a fan.

    • Ennie says:

      she is getting too much hate here.
      I was reading old posts from her and she was getting much love. She is not perfect, she is self entitled, etc., but she is a successful Latina (plus born in Mexico) in Hollywood. How many like her do you know? Actress , she is limited, sbut she managed to get recognition and nominations, she has indeed gotten far from telenovelas. In my opinion her greates achievement is her being a successful producer.
      She must be intelligent to have been with Edward Norton for years and to bag her billionaire, who must be a bad dad, etc, but he did choose a woman who is gorgeous, yes, but she is not too young nor dumb, she is not a bimbo.
      I do not hate her.

    • Minty says:

      This phrase is often used for Gwyneth and it also applies to Salma:

      She was born on third base but thinks she hit a home run.

      Both women were born into wealth, Salma probably even more so. And Salma has something Gwyneth doesn’t have: beauty. Both never had to struggle, take waitressing jobs, etc., while waiting for their big break in Hollywood. Both used family connections to get where they are.

      Okay, fine, but don’t act like you achieved everything solely through your “talent” and “will”. Don’t act like you are famous because your acting had to be shared with the world. In interviews, Salma tries to be relatable to people but she ends up sounding privileged and out-of-touch.

      She’s a producer on the side and mainly a mediocre actress. She didn’t prove any talent in Frida. After all this time in LA, Salma’s acting ability hasn’t changed. Contrary to what she thinks, she’s a film personality.

      Of course she’s relaxed now. Who wouldn’t be? She married a billionaire. Her life is set. She won’t have to struggle to get roles as she ages, in an industry that worships female youth. I do think she has a lovely face and body. She rocks her petite frame. The dress isn’t bad. She’s not displaying her cleavage for a change.

      Her husband treated his son (by Linda) terribly. The fact she does nothing to encourage a relationship between them or have her daughter interact with her half-brother makes her look selfish to me. Her husband has enough wealth to go around.

  30. mk says:

    When did everyone start hating on Selma? I think she comes off pretty down to earth. She’s admitting her flaws. She’s around thin hollywood stars and models, she was comparing herself to those standards.

  31. Lindsey says:

    She’s very tiny, she probably doesn’t wear extra weight gain very well. Some women can gain 20 lbs and not look it, but if you’re barely 5 feet and very curvy, believe me: even an extra 10 lbs will show (just ask Cristina Aguilera).

  32. RN says:

    I think that if she had chosen smaller implants when she had her breasts done, then her figure would show any weight gain more easily. As it is, her chest takes center stage.

  33. JessSaysNo says:

    Its true! She isnt thin or chubby but I dont know… I agree with her.

  34. V says:

    Since when does short equal petite?

    She’s chubby and nothing wrong with that, she looks great. But she is not petite.

  35. Carolyn says:

    What would Selma have done if she hadn’t hooked a billionaire husband? Her personality has totally changed since she got him back. I used to like her…now not so much.

  36. mk yarwood says:

    That father husband of hers obviously chooses her clothes.

  37. AMC says:

    I’ve always liked her and thought she was down to earth but a friend of mine worked with her for years and said she is an absolute NIGHTMARE of a beyotch. :(

    Oh, and Salma’s husband is a fashion mogul. She probably does think she’s chubby if she’s around a lot of models.

  38. Maritza says:

    She dresses very conservative when she is with her husband. She looks much better when she shows some cleavage.

  39. kosmos says:

    Yep, I too think that she should have chosen smaller implants because she can look too overdone and it tends to add to her weight issue…at least she’s not pouring out of her gown this time. Usually, with husband or not, she has way too much cleavage showing. She looks great with her hair pulled back and the dark dress color agrees with her. She’s married to a super-wealthy man