Salma Hayek: I ‘gained so much weight’ during pregnancy, I was ‘disfigured’

Don’t get me wrong, I like a good close-up photo as much as the next person, but did Glamour Mag have to photograph Salma Hayek THIS close? I can see her eyebrow’s soul. This isn’t actually the old-fashioned Glamour Mag, though, this is the magazine’s new supplemental magazine for Latinas, called Glam Belleza Latina. Salma talks about her new favorite subject, herself, her beauty and her body. I remember when she had interesting things to say about life and art and feminism. Now she just talks about her body and her beauty endlessly in interviews.

Salma Hayek loves her daughter, but she wasn’t exactly basking in the glow of pregnancy before Valentina’s September 2007 birth. Recalling the experience in a new interview with Glamour magazine’s Glam Belleza Latina, the 46-year-old Mexican-American stunner says putting 50 pounds on her petite frame changed her self-perception and — initially, at least — not for the better. Ultimately, though, it made her more forgiving of her flaws.

“I gained so much weight, I got an opportunity to see myself completely disfigured in many different ways — for a very good reason — and I don’t regret it for a second,” she tells the mag. “That’s when I started appreciating my body. The things that I used to criticize, they were not that bad after all.”

That kind of self-assurance doesn’t come easy, Hayek says, especially given the pressure women are under these days.

“We’ve got to fight for our confidence every day in modern life because we live in a society that is very harsh to women,” she explains. “You have to be smart and successful and a good mother and beautiful and young and skinny forever.”

Talk about impossible expectations. Fortunately, Hayek’s own definition of living well is considerably less demanding.

“Success is happiness,” the actress tells Glam Belleza Latina. “If you’ve found the right companion for life, a good relationship with loved ones, if you are healthy — my God, you are immensely successful.”

By those standards, Hayek is a smash. Married to Francois-Henri Pinault since 2009, she’s happier now than she’s ever been.

“I believe that change keeps you young. I’m a late bloomer; I always have been,” she says. “A lot of women think that this is the [age] when you start getting depressed. To that I say, ‘No, no, no, no, no!’ I’m having the best time of my life.”

[From Us Weekly]

Is it really acceptable to refer to pregnant women as “disfigured”? Imagine that coming out of a man’s mouth: “That woman has been disfigured by pregnancy and her pregnant weight gain!” He would be blasted, and for good reason. Plus, it just sounds like a really basic lesson that Salma learned – be happy for what you have, because it could be gone tomorrow. Most of us learn that lesson in our late teens and early 20s. Salma learned it when she was “disfigured” by pregnancy when she was 41.

As for her definition of success… sure. But what about those people who didn’t find the “right companion”? I guess they are unsuccessful people.

Here are some old photos of Salma during her “disfigured” pregnancy in 2007:

Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. Rhea says:

    “I gained so much weight, I got an opportunity to see myself completely disfigured in many different ways — for a very good reason — and I don’t regret it for a second.”

    —->Hmmmm….she might not regret it NOW that she has her body back. But IMO—using the word “disfigured” to described her body during her pregnancy—makes her seems like she did at that time.

    • MCraw says:

      Same thing I thought. Such a weird comment.

      Every time I read her interviews talking about her beauty, I’ll never forget when she first started out in America, Spanish entertainment shows would RIP her apart for actually thinking she could make it in America. Straight up called her too ugly to think she could make it in Hollywood and what nerve she had as an ugly Mexican to think otherwise, that Mexico had much more beautiful actresses to export than her. I just remembered thinking how awful they were! So I say all that to say… I know why she’s so caught up on her looks now that she’s aging.

  2. Sandy says:

    Is there any other topic actresses are asked about nowadays? Her, Goop etc etc.

  3. Jennifer12 says:

    Did not realize this woman was so ridiculously shallow.

  4. Summer says:

    English is her second language. Salma may not have meant to use such a strong word to describe her pregnant body.

    And even if she did, so what? Not all women enjoy pregnancy (hello Kim K.). It’s no reflection on the love for their baby, they’re just saying they didn’t like how their body changed.

    It’s Salmas own opinion, she is not going out there saying all women are disfigured by pregnancy

    • Addison says:

      It means the same thing in Spanish. It’s horrible to think of pregnancy as being a disfigurement. I have always liked Salma, but this comment is stupid.

      I have never been pregnant and while some women do gain way too much weight, sometimes that cannot be helped. Every woman’s body is different. 50 lbs. is not all that much. That is a disgusting thing to say.

      • binturong says:

        A 50 lb weight gain during pregnancy is “not all that much”?? You have to be kidding. I would call that disfigured, for sure. Gaining 50 lbs for any reason whatsoever is really not healthy or ok.

      • Loira says:

        Salma is tiny. Over 25 kilos on her is a LOT.
        She probably thought she was caring for herself and the bay, but I think she ended up gaining much more weight due to fluid retention than she intended. I really thought she would not be back to her pre baby weight and body, since she had the baby later in her life.
        Even with surgery, many cannot look that good. She kept the weight for a good while.

    • mayamae says:

      This woman can do nothing right in my eyes, but I think it was just a poor choice of words. I don’t think you can ever use disfigured “in a good way”, in a good way.

    • ScrewStewrat99 says:

      Thank you. I’m pregnant right now and when I see myself in the mirror I feel disfigured. All of the weight I’ve gained has gone to odd places and I just can’t stand it. I don’t enjoy being pregnant, I find it so uncomfortable. Honestly, I hate it.

      However, I love my baby with all of my heart and already know that I would do anything for her, even die for her if it meant she would live. I know that everything I’m going through is worth it. Doesn’t mean I enjoy it though!

  5. Charlotte says:

    I gave birth less than 6 weeks ago. I’m still ‘disfigured’ by the remaining 15 kilos of my 25 kg + weight gain.

  6. Lila says:

    It sounds to me like she just used the wrong word in “disfigured.” It seems like she has a healthy view on her body in general.

  7. Carobell says:

    So she was disfigured by her body functioning the way it was supposed to?

    The disconnect some people have about the human body boggles my mind. We are built to do one thing basically, and that is reproduce.

    If you don’t gain weight, you can’t carry to term. If you don’t gain weight, you won’t be able to breast feed. Women have been having children for far longer than formula has been around.

    That is not disfiguring, that is biology working in your favor and your child’s favor.

    I guess if you are an actress who has been on a diet of some sort her entire life, watching your body change out of your control would be frightening, but I don’t have a lot of sympathy.

    • Gayle says:

      It’s natural to gain, nature directs our bodies… bla bla bla. What else is natural? Bleeding to death, which happened to many women before modern medicine came along. These type of arguments are so selective. I gained 25 lbs on my 100 lb frame and felt and looked disfigured by it. I got a beautiful baby out of it so it was worth it but that doesn’t mean I had to like the ‘natural’ effects of pregnancy!

    • Loira says:

      Preclamsia and pregnancy diabetes are also natural, and can cause havoc in a pregnancy. Not always the way the body works is in total favor. Sometime there are natural complications.
      In her case, it turned out OK with little Valentina. I have read lots os posts criticizing the looks of that little girl.

  8. dagdag says:

    I guess, when women transform into sexy barby dolls, their mind has this way of thinking.

  9. Lucy2 says:

    I hope that was just a poor choice of words.

  10. Mitch Buchanan Rocks! says:

    It is difficult to fathom how she could go from sleeping with Edward Nortom to getting with Pinault.

  11. lovegossip says:

    I don’t really care for her one way or another, but I don’t think she meant it towards anyone but herself. I think she meant how HER body changed and how SHE saw HERSELF. I don’t agree, but she was talking about herself, so whatever. She used the wrong word, but probably not intentionally. My opinion anyways. :-)

  12. EscapedConvent says:

    I remember liking Salma Hayek once upon a time. But she seems to have lost touch with reality, or at least she sounds it when she says things like this. Pregnancy is not disfigurement!

    She sounds thoroughly wrapped up in herself.

  13. UsedToBeLulu says:

    “See her eyebrow’s soul” <— Hahaha!! I like close ups because I can see exactly how they did the makeup. :) I want to see Cameron Diaz this close up and see how she makes her eyes look so luminous.

    Disfigured? Poor choice of words at the very least. But I know how it is, and it’s hard not to feel that way when you look down and can’t even recognize your own legs because they are so swollen.

  14. Buckwild says:

    Her eyebrows soul – I love it!

  15. Seagulls says:

    I can well see where she’s coming from. I wasn’t particularly upset by my pregnancy weight gain. I started out the pregnancy overweight, and put on about fifteen pounds (which is exactly what they recommend for plus size pregnan women), but you have zero control over how you look and what your body does.

    And pregnancy and babies are a blessing, but so help me, looking down at my insanely huge stomach – I have the (fading) stretch marks that look like I was mauled by a wild dog – “disfigured” might have some strongly negative connotations, but that’s exactly the right word. Salma may be petty and shallow, but I felt the same way.

    • stevie says:

      I find it a bit hypocritical that she says “women are too harsh on themselves” but then uses such a strong word as “disfigured”. She’s contributing to the ideas she says are so wrong. And, maybe it’s reaching but I hate her bit about being happy. It just seems very glib.

  16. Aud says:

    Um yeah…she’s an intellectual heavy weight…NOT.

  17. Lady D says:

    My body is disfigured from head to toes with scars, compliments of my insane mother. I would prefer the kind of disfiguring she is talking about. I think she used the wrong word too.

  18. MrsBPitt says:

    She looks lovely pregnant in the above photos…don’t know what she is talking about!

  19. lisa2 says:

    I don’t care when women talk about the Hard parts of being pregnant. But DAMN between her and Goop and Mariah and such you’d think they went through some kind of torch-er. If it was so horrible everyone would be only children. I haven’t been pregnant, but I think of it as a beautiful thing. And at the end you get this hopefully healthy baby.

    and regarding what these women are asked about; I think it all depends on the women. If they have something else going on then they are asked questions with more substance. I’m really tired of the hair, exercise, how your survived your pregnancy and such.

    Completely OT: but I saw this on another site; the lack of female lead movies this summer and after. How most women are playing the supportive girl friend. None are headlining any Big budget films. I pisses me off a bit. especially when I hear women tying to make their role of the Hero’s girlfriend as this major accomplishment. I want a female action star again. I miss someone badly.

  20. Eleonor says:

    She hasn’t anything interesting to say, because according to her metamorphosis, and how she behaves now, the goal of her life was become a trophy-wife.

  21. Viv says:

    Too bad she couldn’t do anything about her character disfiguration. So much more worrisome.

  22. bluhare says:

    Way to get on the Kardashian train, Salma. So you can lord it over kim by how much faster you lost the weight and how much better you look.

  23. Spaz says:

    Crap. I guess I’m not successful. *eye roll*

  24. Spaz says:

    Shoot. I guess I’m not successful. *eye roll*

  25. Boxy Lady says:

    The definition of disfigure is “to spoil someone’s or something’s appearance.” She has said in interviews that she had preeclampsia and she became very bloated so I’m thinking Salma’s use of the word is right on target.

  26. jessiesgirl says:

    She has the right to feel however she felt about her own body during pregnancy. It’s not like she said pregnancy is disfuguring to women. Despite her figure, she is a very petite woman. Her usual weight is probably about 100 lbs. Gaining probably half again her body weight in a short amount of time was probably an incredibly shocking change. She didn’t say she regretted it either. Let’s be real here, pregnancy is not always some blissful, nature-communing experience for everyone. I was thrilled to be pregnant. I was grateful for every minute of it. However, I was also in constant pain for 5 of those 9 months. It was excrutiating. That doesn’t reflect on me as a woman or that I somehow didn’t do it right. That’s just the way it was. So, if she felt disfigured, so be it.

  27. embra says:

    I had to enlarge that cover shot, i was sure it was Cote de Pablo

  28. embra says:

    I had to enlarge that first picture i was sure it was Cote de Pablo

  29. Loira says:

    Thise pics on top are not from the end of her pregnancy probably the first picture with the short pink dress is closer to the birth in this link…4716.9160.0.10083.…0.0…1c.1.17.img.vi3B-5CIPUE

    She probably could not even see her stomach with those boobs. She has fought the weight gain all her life, and happily had her pregnancy and ehr baby, but surely it was hard to dress her pregnant body shape.
    Surely KK could not, and minus the booty, she and Salma are more or less the same.

  30. mimifarrow says:

    In the immortal words of Inigo Montoya:
    I do not think that word means what you think it means.
    Grow the F up, Salma. Google image “disfigured” and get back to us on that one.

  31. jojo says:

    its easy to brag about being infinitely happy when you marry a billionaire.

  32. ellequay says:

    Was this interview taken from a translation? If so, the term ‘disfigured’ comes from the translator rather than Hayek herself. She shouldn’t be condemned for it. And who are we to judge another woman’s experience of pregnancy?

    When she talks about being successful, having a good relation shipmand whatnot, she’s nor saying that peope who don’t have the same are unsuccessful, but that people who are fortunate enough to have those things should be appreciative. That’s all.

    Let’s not jump to judge her.

  33. moon says:

    English isn’t Salma’s first language, I’m guessing she meant it in a humorous way.

  34. Mew says:

    Celebrities really manage to let loads of frogs out of their mouth.

  35. VioletCrumble says:

    Salma, just shut yer gob for a while, orright?

  36. Hakura says:

    I’m not a fan, personally, but I thought *maybe* she meant ‘disfigured’ as in… the loss of her ‘figure‘, the way the word is used when describing a woman’s shape.

    So to her, ‘dis-figured’ was ‘losing her usual (/normal) body shape’. (I could be wrong, of course, but that was my interpretation).