Salma Hayek, eye-roll: ‘I have never tried to be as beautiful as I can be’

Salma Hayek covers the new issue of InStyle. The cover isn’t groundbreaking or anything, but at least they didn’t make her look awful. I’m also including a few pics of Salma and Francois-Henri Pinault from May below – I got a few questions about whether or not Salma had gotten a breast reduction. I don’t know, but I doubt it. I think she’s a trophy wife and big boobs are part of that equation, so it’s far more likely that she was just wearing a minimizer or her clothes were just particularly boob-masking. Speaking of her trophy wife status, Salma talks a lot about how she only dresses to make her husband happy. Because that’s her life now:

Her style at the age of 47: “I actually wear a lot of leather on the red carpet. My husband loves when I wear it.”

Going strapless at 47: “When I turned 40, I started thinking, ‘This is the last year,’ whenever I’d wear a strapless dress. I always thought you can’t wear them after a certain age, but I’m still getting away with it.”

Dressing for her husband: “I’m not really a fashionista. I have an eye. I can pull it together, but a lot of the effort I make is for my husband, because I want him to be attracted to me.”

On beauty as a priority: “I know people have always thought I was beautiful, but I have never tried to be as beautiful as I can be. I could do a lot more—exercise, or not eat dessert. Or not drink alcohol. I could make bigger efforts. I don’t think my first priority in life has ever been beauty. It’s a little bit of a rebellious spirit in me. There is more to me than looks, of course. I think if you are afraid of getting older, you age faster.”

On her best advice to women: “You’ve got to take who you are and love who you are and do the best you can with what you’ve got. That goes for the figure, and it goes for everything else. You’ve got to have a sense of humor about who you are and give yourself a break. You’ve got to be kind to yourself. And it’s not easy, you know?”

[From InStyle via People]

Do we give Salma credit for being honest about dressing for her husband? I’ve gone through stages where I dressed to impress men too, although I haven’t done that in a while. Nowadays I just dress for comfort, for myself, in whatever makes me happy. I think Salma’s situation is partly cute and partly sad. The cute part is that she still worries about her husband finding her attractive, and it’s cute because that’s a normal concern that most women can relate to, and it just goes to show you that even Salma Hayek worries about men being attracted to her. It’s also sad for exactly the same reasons.

Did anyone else roll their eyes at “I know people have always thought I was beautiful, but I have never tried to be as beautiful as I can be”? That is so… Goop-esque. The humble-brag of “people think I’m beautiful” and then the “but I’m not even really trying!”. STFU.

Photos courtesy of InStyle and WENN.

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  1. don't kill me i'm french says:

    only a very beautiful person can say it!

  2. lisa2 says:

    I don’t really mind what she said.. especially when you read further. I think for many women that is the case. It is sometimes about how much of your time you want to devote to working on being “beautiful”. Exercising hours each day. Not eating that ice cream. Some women would rather live and enjoy all of life then just spend that much time on it.

    Women dress for men everyday; their own and the ones that they want to be their own. You like when your guy likes what you are wearing.

    I think for her it is now all about being his wife and a mother to the daughter
    Her daughter looks so much like her father.

  3. Andrea says:

    Her comments don’t really bother me. She isn’t consumed with dieting. Thats not a lie on her part.

  4. mkyarwood says:

    Her daughter does look precisely like her father (and like Arya!). I think we know Salma is kind of full of it. Sure, she’s a ‘minority’ from Mexico, but she didn’t grow up dirt poor or anything. The life she has now is the one she expected to get because of her beauty. She knows it, we know it. Sometimes I wish I lived in the “Invention of Lying” universe where we all just said what was going on.

    • Spooks says:

      I just don’t see her beauty. She has a harsh face.

      • energydrink says:

        I know… just because of a couple of hot scenes… her boobies and nose are quite fake looking, especially comparing to when she first started out in her telenovelas/first red carpet appearances. Less ethnic, more pinched… with huge boobs without gaining weight anywhere else(prior to her pregnancy they already started growing from a medium C at best to DD category). Her body, shape and proportions are nice, especially for being so petite in general, however her face… it is too wide and square for the small pinched nose she got instead of her old ethnic one. Makes her jaw and chin area seem more massive and masculine.

      • Lisa says:

        I think she’s attractive, but I’m not ga-ga over her.

  5. Jess says:

    I swear it’s like she had a lobotomy after hooking up with Pinault. Not saying she was anything amazing before, but she was a relatively (for Hollywood) outspoken feminist at one point, and now she blathers on about how her husband demands she cooks 3 course meals and how she dresses to his taste…I guess billions will do that.

  6. Anna says:

    Well…people always HAVE been saying that she’s gorgeous. MUCH more so than with GOOP. Just goes to show you – woman says something good about herself in a confident, self-aware way, and gets shit for it.

    As for ‘not even trying’ – she isnt saying that. She says she indulges, and I think it’s true, she really does have ‘curves’ – as opposed to most size 0 actresses who love to talk about their curves and ‘normal body.’

    • ccinkissimmee says:

      +1! Damned if u do, damned if u don’t. I find nothing wrong with her comments. Let the lady live.

    • j.eyre says:

      This is how I read it as well. I agree the wording raise an eyebrow on first pass but I think she is trying to promote that a woman can be less dramatic in her beauty regime and still be found beautiful. if so, it is a nice contrast to orange juice soaked cotton balls.

      As for dressing for her husband, I dress for my husband all the time and he has never asked me to. I love turning him on.

    • mercyme says:

      Yeah, I agree. And she is very beautiful in my opinion, and aging fabulously. It’s only recently that I learned she’s of Mexican and Middle Eastern descent. It’s a great combination.

      Valentina is adorable. I used to think she was all about Pinault, but she’s looking a bit like Salma as she grows up.

      If she likes to dress up and cook for her family, I see nothing wrong with that. So do I. It sounds like her hubs appreciates her efforts, as he should.

  7. Annie says:

    She always says stuff like that. She’s worse than Goop. Because Goop tries to be likeable but Salma can be quite the diva and not care. Mexico stopped loving her a long time ago. She says things like “I forgot what it’s like to be Mexican.”

  8. crab says:

    I think she’s beautiful! Did anyone ever see her in that movie Dusk to Dawn with George Clooney when she was dancing with the snake! She was mesmorizing!!

  9. Lilyvanilli says:

    Salma has always had out of control breasts for her petite size and now they seem much more in proportion , so yes a reduction seems highly possible.

  10. Erinn says:

    I just can’t stand Selma. Never could. Probably never will. I find her very self-absorbed, and I’m not a fan of her acting.

  11. H. Scott says:

    I can’t believe I used to have such good feeling towards her, she really is insufferable. But I did LOL at the “I have an eye” remark, she has terrible taste and doesn’t know it.

  12. Emily C. says:

    I think it’s incredibly sad that any woman worries about her husband finding her attractive. Thinking about it and doing stuff for him is different from worrying about it. To add to that, Salma’s husband is a douche of the first order who’s significantly older than her. And SHE is the one worried?! What a total mess.

    She is sounding incredibly GOOPesque.

    • Barhey says:

      Yeah but these relationships with billionaires are always, always cliche. Try and snag one when you’re thirty years young, have a kid or two, stay married as long as you can so when he dumps you for a younger model you get a nice settlement.

      It’s just so depressing. I know most people would laugh at me for saying this but I feel a tiny bit bad for these women. Yes they get the money but the insecurity of being dumped at any moment for a younger model is no way to live your life. You always want your husband to find you beautiful and to stay loyal, rich or poor.

  13. Tessa says:

    When you become famous for how you look, you can say in a magazine that you know people think you’re beautiful. It’s the people that claim they think they’re unattractive that clearly aren’t that bother me. It drives me up a wall when a supermodel claims she was the ugly girl in school. It’s so obnoxious.

  14. Micki says:

    I rolled my eyes first but then thought it’s more her way of expression rather than saying stupid tings.
    Many women dress for their men, are not afraid to have a dessert (not my cup of tea) and enjoy a drink (very much so)

  15. lady_luck says:

    Wow. Whatever he has done to control her – he has done it well! Her ramblings just come across as so insecure, she is a stunning legend, and yet here she is bending over backwards to be “attractive” for an unheard of, average looking guy who is significantly older than her and kind of looks ready for a nap. lol

    • energydrink says:

      Salma is a legend? :D DDDDDDD Why, since when?

      I’m sorry eventhough her husband is far from a looker, is a cheating douchebag and yes, older than her, he is far richer… he actually owns the brands she gets to pick from and wear. Since Salma knows that she is over 40, hasn’t made a big impact acting wise as her fame was based on her looks and the fact that her typecasting at that time was rare (since Eva Mendes, and later Sofia Vergara came into the picture, she started having competition) in spite of coming from a rich family had to marry up to stay relevant and secure a good life.

  16. Ann says:

    She’s had a nose job and breast implants. If that’s not trying, I don’t know what is. Of course she’s trying very hard to look good for hubby, she’s a trophy wife married to his wallet.

  17. lucy2 says:

    I get what she’s saying in general, but I don’t think it came out well. She obviously puts a lot of effort into her appearance, but I think she’s just saying she doesn’t want to be so consumed by it that it makes her unhappy in other ways – a lesson I think Goop needs to learn, whether or not that’s actually what Salma is saying.

  18. Shitler says:

    The boob job you had when you got to hollywood begs to differ. Spare me bitch

  19. Debbie says:

    Ok I thought that was going to be way worse based on the title and that part of the quote is special for lack of a better word but when you read the rest it’s not so bad. She is basically saying she wasnt going to sacrifice enjoying life for an ideal which is admirable and I’d say true she never got ungodly thin or anything.

    The dressing for her husband I mean ok if it makes her happy personally I wouldn’t but whatever.

  20. bns says:

    She’s so beautiful. One of my celebrity crushes.

  21. Theresa says:

    What I took from her statement, and which is very sad but not surprising, is that she equates being more beautiful as being thinner. She has a natural exotic beauty that has always been her trademark, and her more voluptuous body should have been an asset, not a hindrance. I am sure she was inundated with “advice” about how much better appreciated she would be if she lost a few pounds, not in her chest, but maybe everywhere else.

    And now that she has bagged a billionaire, it’s ironic how she feels she can finally reveal how she didn’t go down that path, but sadly she has veered into one even more controlling; a rich husband that expects just as much a standard of beauty that she must maintain as any studio.

    I guess if you make your bed a certain way, you have to expect to lie in it. Money and prestige are powerful motivators, but ones that I feel the average citizen is happy not to be slave to.

    On another note, Salma didn’t have much of a career to look back on or forward to, so I am sure she is happy to have found another avenue to ensure her well-keptitudeness. Hope it works out for her.

  22. Joanna says:

    I’m Surpired that Americans think that she’s beautiful. She’s a classic meditteranean looking woman. Americans typically don’t like darker curvier women.

  23. moon says:

    I don’t think she sounds Goop-esque. At least she’s honest about having to work for that money and that money isn’t a normal lifestyle. Goop acts like she deserved all that millions for the trashy work she did, and is offended when peasants find her tips unrealistic.

  24. Asiyah says:

    I’m glad that she’s not as beautiful as she can be. On behalf of ugly women everywhere, I thank Salma Hayek for letting me keep my will to live and not leading me to envy because she’s toning down her beauty.

  25. Maggie says:

    I have never found her beautiful. Attractive but not beautiful. Her husband should dress for her by covering up with a body bag. His face is nasty!

  26. Dml says:

    She’s no Linda Evangelista. Please! He screwed up there!

  27. Lisa says:

    She has way more personality than Goop. Goop is like Wonder Bread with legs, albeit nice ones.

  28. taxi says:

    Salma’s arrival in the US was accompanied by a very large entourage of mostly-relatives all dedicated to promoting her as the world’s greatest beauty. She’s always been arrogant.

    Her Frieda campaign would have gone nowhere without Edward Norton, her bf at the time. She has to stay hot for the hubby because she’s not his only baby-mama so far, as Dml points out, & he’s rich enough to play anywhere.

  29. Mel says:

    That quote (from the title) actually – much to my surprise- made me smile. Because I understand exactly what she is saying, and I could say – or rather, reproach – the same about myself. (And I do reproach myself. Sometimes.)

    She only said the truth: what she really thinks.
    I think that is good.

    Had she said something to the effect of “oh, I am not beautiful at all!”… now THAT would be cause for eye-rolls. In my opinion.
    There is nothing noble or endearing in false modesty. Her beauty is not her merit – so what right would she have to deny it?

  30. GrumpyCat says:

    Well I guess she has a billion dollars but her husbands got a busted face and she is insecure about her relationship. I will take my thousandaire devoted husband any day.

  31. miasys says:

    I used to think she was gorgeous. Now I look at her and think she’s just a pompous twat waffle. If you have to tell people you’re pretty…then you aren’t.

  32. Mrs. Ari Gold says:

    Her life depresses me. This guy seems awful. It seems so clear she decided she wantd to be filthy rich and to land an incredibly wealthy man.
    I think these kinds of plans backfire. Hope for their kid that it doesn’t.

  33. Talis says:

    It’s just like people who are born rich saying money doesn’t mean that much too them, easy to say when you’ve always had it.