Salma Hayek: Not Just A Curvy Actress, But Also A Mogul

It’s the age-old tale of Hollywood: Women become famous for a particular physical attribute and it has been happening since the 50s and 60s. Marylin Monroe, Jane Mansfield, Drew Barrymore, and now Sofia Vergara and Christina Hendricks.

Salma Hayek has also long been considered one of those curvy va-va-voom Latino bombshells since she broke out in mainstream Hollywood in 1995 opposite Antonio Banderas in ‘Desperado’. While she is a funny, engaging and stunning woman to watch on the screen, her talents extend far beyond that.

She is the type of woman we secretly all want to be like: beautiful, funny, talented, successful and creative. Not only is she a film actress but her talents also extend to Television, and behind the scenes in Producing and Directing.

Her philosophy, which she shared with Marie Claire last year, is that she has never had ambitions to just be a successful actress. She wanted to use that to develop other talents and passions.

“Imagine if I’d said, ‘I have to be the best actress—I want that and nothing else,'” she tells the magazine. “I never would have directed. I never would have produced. I never would have done a beauty line. I would have just worried about getting a job or been frustrated that I wasn’t getting the job that I wanted. I was ready to be a businesswoman.”


It wasn’t an easy road for her toward success. it took a lot of hard work and dedication. Quitting was never an option, and from a 24 year-old Mexican girl who did not speak a word of English when she moved to Hollywood, she knew the odds were against her, but that didn’t deter Salma.

“Because I have a background in a different field, it can be hard to negotiate and make a good deal for myself. People always underestimate me,” Hayek says of her initiation into the business world. “But if you stick around long enough, act out of conviction, and try to be honorable in everything you do, good things will come to you. I have seen karma work in this business.”

She was apparently once told by a film executive that she would lose out to major film roles because her accent would “remind people of their housekeepers”. We honestly thought that was a joke when we read it, but alas, idiots and bigots exist everywhere.

Her passion for her craft and business has seen her develop her own skincare range called Nuance. It was inspired by her culture and the women in her family, and is designed to enhance a woman’s ‘nuances’. As the grand daughter of a cosmetologist, she had the smarts to research her own ingredients and took her time to create a product she cares about and wants every woman to love as much as she does.

Today, the line boasts of 100 products, including moisturizers, cleansers, and cosmetics, available online and carried by more than 6,000 CVS drugstores nationwide.

Her production company, Ventanarosa Productions is responsible for credits such as the popular Ugly Betty TV series (one of our ultimate faves) and the oscar-nominated movie Frida. Salma is an oscar-nominated actress herself, and Ugly Betty was nominated for an impressive 18 Emmy Awards during its run. Not bad for a girl who came to LaLa land on a wing and a prayer!
Goes to show it’s not necessarily what you dream or hope or, it is the execution and dedication that makes all the difference.
With her film and TV career in more demand than ever, as well as being a mom to little girl Valentina, she is not about to slow down just yet, and doesn’t skimp on dedicating her time to activism. Hayek has partnered with Avon on domestic-violence-awareness initiatives and with UNICEF to provide tetanus vaccines to pregnant women in Third World countries.

While there are many female stereotypes in the world and in the media, this shouldn’t slow us down. We have to have the right foundation in our lives and be confident in our individuality, so as not to conform to trends and lose the unique qualities we have. If Salma took Hollywood’s advice and changed her accent, or went on a drastic diet, would she have been where she is today? What about Sofia Vergara?
Reese Witherspoon is another classic example of an actress who was typecast by audiences as the funny blonde bimbo who would always play that type of role. Then boom! She wins an Academy Award for her role as June Carter Cash in ‘Walk the Line’ and we realize her career path was more cleverly thought out than we saw.
Women still have many barriers to break down, even in a progressive field like entertainment, but it is women who refuse to change that are always going to be the pioneers of change. The change of people’s perceptions and attitudes, that is. Once we start accepting and embracing who we are, who is anyone to tell us different?
If you have a story about overcoming hurdles and struggles in your career as a woman, please share with us below!

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