Salma Hayek Is Bazaar's May Cover Star

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Away from the silver screen, the red carpets and social media, Salma Hayek is a woman who, at 50 years of age, has reached fulfilment. Bazaar's Pedro Aguilar Ricalde meets the multi-faceted icon

ON CHOOSING HER PROJECTS AROUND HER DAUGHTER VALENTINA PALOMA:

“If I have to go [on location] for more than two weeks and I’m not going to be able to see her, I don’t do it.”

ON REVIEWS:

“I don’t look at the reviews, and I don’t think about what they will say.”

Dress, Dhs65,050, Gucci. Earrings, her own

ON HER RED CARPET STYLE:

“At a certain age one wears what one can fit into. You go on growing and then realise that you’ve had a belly for quite a while. I now try to dress in clothes that are comfortable, pretty and appropriate.”

ON THE PRESSURE NOT TO AGE IN HOLLYWOOD:

“The pressure exists, but now I feel it less because I have other things to think about. It’s eight or nine years since I stopped living in Hollywood and I’m completely disconnected. I believe that I have a double life: I negotiate almost everything by telephone, I make the films that I want to make and afterwards I help with the promotion.”

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ON DONALD TRUMP:

“I have been very vocal about this subject, but you have to know what to say. If you talk too much, in the end nobody will listen. Gael [Garcia Bernal] appeared before me and made an incredible speech [criticising Trump’s planned border wall]. I’d already spoken about this on the red carpet and I gave my recognition to the heroes who risk their lives without being paid a penny [saving lives in Syria as the White Helmets rescue group, the eponymous fi lm that took the award Salma presented]. For them, winning can be the only opportunity for their projects to be seen and I had to be humble enough to realise that this wasn’t the moment [for me to speak]. I went to present the awards to them and speaking about this subject would have had no impact.”

ON WHO SHE IS:

“I know the answer very clearly. I’m a curious person who has an obsession with evolution and I always want to grow and learn more about myself. I’m always searching and trying to conquer my fears.”

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ON PROVING PEOPLE WRONG:

“They told me that I’d never work in Hollywood and I did it. They told me that everything would end at 30, then later at 40, and I’m still surviving. They told me that I’d ‘missed the train’ and I wouldn’t be able to have children: then came Valentina and my husband’s three children, so now I have four. For all that they told me I wouldn’t be able to do, I’ve had a very good run.”

For the full interview, pick up a copy of the May issue of Harper's Bazaar Arabia, available in-store and on iPad now.


Styling: Lorna McGee. Translation: Rachel Silvestri. Fashion director: Marco Cuevas. Hair: Daniel Martin at Bryant Artists. Make-up: Alex Babsky at Jed Root. Manicure: Pebbles at The Wall Group. Set design: Ginny Fiol at Zara Ronchi. Digital assistant: Francisco Javier Torrente. Lighting assistant: Rob Parker. With thanks to the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park Hotel, London.

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Salma hayek, May Issue, Harper's Bazaar Arabia, Hollywood Style
Salma hayek, May Issue, Harper's Bazaar Arabia, Hollywood Style
Salma hayek, May Issue, Harper's Bazaar Arabia, Hollywood Style
Salma hayek, May Issue, Harper's Bazaar Arabia, Hollywood Style
Xevi Muntane
Dress, Dhs6,000, Dolce & Gabbana. Bra, Dhs275, What Katie Did. Ring, Dhs14,905, Spinelli Kilcollin Jewellery. Engagement ring, her own
Salma hayek, May Issue, Harper's Bazaar Arabia, Hollywood Style
Xevi Muntane
Dress, Dhs11,400, Saint Laurent. Bra, Dhs1,600, La Perla. Engagement ring, her own
Salma hayek, May Issue, Harper's Bazaar Arabia, Hollywood Style
Xevi Muntane
Dress, Dhs65,050, Gucci. Rings, her own