10 Salma Hayek Facts That May Surprise You

Hayek, 46, is married to French billionaire Francois-Henri Pinault , 51, the chief executive of PPR, the conglomerate that owns Yves Saint Laurent, Gucci and Bottega Veneta. I actually wear a lot of leather on the red carpet. My husband loves when I wear it, she told the magazine. The mother of 5-year-old Valentina likes to choose strapless looks as well. When I turned 40, I started thinking, This is the last year, whenever Id wear a strapless dress, she said. I always thought you cant wear them after a certain age, but Im still getting away with it. See Stars Sexy Magazine Shoots Although Hayek has just come out with a new skin-care line, she doesnt place as high a priority on beauty as some might think. I know people have always thought I was beautiful, but I have never tried to be as beautiful as I can be, she said. I could do a lot more: exercise, or not eat dessert. Or not drink alcohol. I could make bigger efforts. I dont think my first priority in life has ever been beauty. Its a little bit of a rebellious spirit in me. There is more to me than looks, of course, she added. No surprise then that Hayek does not fear aging. I think if you are afraid of getting older, you age faster, she said.

Once in the U.S., Hayek was featured in Desperado alongside Antonio Banderas and Wild Wild West costarring with Will Smith and Kevin Kline. But her big break came in 2002 with the film Frida, in which she gave life to Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. Throughout her career she has won many awards including a Screen Actors Guild Award and a Daytime Emmy. Hayek is the mother to five-year-old Valentina Paloma and wife to French billionaire Francois Henri Pinault. Her latest films include Savages, Grown Ups and Grown Ups II. When Hayek is not busy filming, she likes watching Mexican soccer, practicing Krav Maga (the official self defense system of the Israeli military) and spending time with little Valentina. Here are more interesting facts about actress Salma Hayek that even her biggest fan may find surprising: Loading Slideshow No. 1 As a child, Hayeks grandmother regularly shaved her head and eyebrows because she thought it would make her hair grow thicker, glossier and darker. No. 2 Hayek has always had a rebellious nature. When she was 12 years old she was sent to a boarding school in Louisiana and was expelled after two years. No. 3 Her performance in the movie Frida garnered Hayeks best career reviews and made her one of four Latinas nominated for Best Actress at the Academy Awards. No. 4 She participated in a large protest against the murders of women in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. No. 5 Hayek founded her own production company, Ventanarosa, in 1999 and produced the hit show Ugly Betty. No. 6 When Hayek and Friends star Matthew Perry filmed the movie Fools Rush In, there were rumors that the on-screen lovers hated each other in real life. Both dispelled the rumors some time later.

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