Salma Hayek: “i Have Never Tried To Be As Beautiful As I Can Be”

First Look! Three Things You’ll Learn About Salma Hayek in July’s InStyle

“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.” Of course. But that doesn’t mean plenty of women wouldn’t go to drastic measures to look like her. Speaking of which, Hayek advises those who might not be so content with themselves: “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,” she says. “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?” The July issue of InStylehits newsstands Friday.

Salma Hayek: I saw myself ‘completely disfigured in many different ways’ during pregnancy

Salma Hayek saw herself in a different light when she was expecting a baby. The 46-year-old striking brunette beauty, who gave birth to her daughter Valentina in 2007, recalls what it was like to be pregnant and how she perceived her body during that time to Glamour magazine’s Glam Belleza Latina. RELATED: SALMA HAYEK: I COULD DO A LOT MORE TO BE BEAUTIFUL “I gained so much weight, I got an opportunity to see myself completely disfigured in many different waysfor a very good reasonand I don’t regret it for a second,” she reveals to the mag. “That’s when I started appreciating my body. The things that I used to criticize, they were not that bad after all.” Though she credits her newfound confidence to her pregnancy, she stresses it can be extremely hard for women to have positive self-esteem when it comes to their looks. Venturelli/WireImage Salma Hayek back in 2007 when she was pregnant with daughter Valentina. “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 says. RELATED: SEE: SALMA HAYEK STUNS IN FLOOR-LENGTH PINK DRESS “You have to be smart and successful and a good mother and beautiful and young and skinny forever.” Hayek goes on to say that she believes “success is happiness,” but she is not just talking about a career. “If you’ve found the right companion for life, a good relationship with loved ones, if you are healthymy God, you are immensely successful.” She married her companion Francois-Henri Pinault in 2009 and she couldn’t be happier. “I believe that change keeps you young. I’m a late bloomer; I always have been,” the actress says.

Salma Hayek: ‘I have never tried to be as beautiful as I can be’

Three Things Youll Learn About Salma Hayek in Julys InStyle Jun 11, 2013 @ 7:30 am Dusan Reljin Salma Hayek is InStyles July cover girl! At 47, she has done pretty much everything she set out to do. Shes an actress (catch her in Grown Ups 2 this summer) and a producer, a devoted wife to French billionaire fashion mogul Francois-Henri Pinault, and doting mother to 5-year-old Valentina. And when it comes to social injustices, theres no stopping hershe helped kick off Chime for Change , a campaign founded by Gucci that promotes the empowerment of girls and women around the world. In her exclusive interview with InStyle, Hayek admits she is still finding her wayand herself. Scroll down to find out three things youll learn in the issue. To read the full story, pick up the new InStyle, on newsstands and available for download to your tablet starting Friday, June 14 . Editors Note: The following is excerpted from the Salma Hayek cover story, Shes Only Just Begun by Mike Sager, which originally appears in InStyles July 2013 issue. 1. HER REAL THOUGHTS ON DRESSING OVER 40 Im 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, she said.

Salma Hayek: I’m Crafty In the Kitchen

I camouflage them. They love pasta [so] I put [them] in tomato sauce, the Puss In Boots star, 45, reveals during a Friday appearance on the Rachael Ray Show . You know what you can hide really well? Aubergine [eggplant], roast carrots, roast bell peppers [and] you can put a little bit of greens if you put enough of the other stuff. However, Hayek has learned to cover her tricky tracks well because if Valentina were to find out, all bets would be off, the actress laughs. Theres got to be no clue that you lied because then shell find it, like, Aha! she says. You have to really puree [the vegetables]. Its the way to do it. The hands-on mothers tips dont end in the kitchen; Hayek, who globetrots with her family, including husband Francois-Henri Pinault, understands children arent always the best travel companions. Shes on the plane a lot and in the car a lot and sometimes they get cranky. Really, you know what that is? Theyre getting carsick, Hayek explains. I have these bracelets that are for motion sickness that I used while I was pregnant because I was carsick for 9 months nonstop!

Hitting the shops: Salma Hayek enjoys an afternoon of spending as she browses the designer boutiques of West Hollywood with family members The simple dress featured a slight flared skirt which showed off Salmas toned legs, set off by a pair of wedge peep toe sandals. The star tied some of her natural curls back for a half up, half down do to keep cool in the Los Angeles heat. That’s a good boy! Salma Hayek offers Jimmy Fallon an affectionate pat as she plays a bar game with the comedian Salma finished her girly look with a chic cream shoulder bag and matching sunglasses. The actress was obviously hoping to add to her glam wardrobe as she hit the Fred Segal store, departing with a number of shopping bags. Pretty in pink: Salma chose a simple but chic pale pink dress for her family day out, perfect for the summery weather Salma was joined on her shopping spree by various family members who she was spoted laughing and chatting with as they walked around the upmarket boutiques. The actress most likely relished her down time with her nearest and dearest, which comes in the middle of a hectic few months. Fresh from promoting her reprisal role as Adam Sandlers wife in Grown Ups 2, Salma has thrown herself into her next project, animated film The Prophet. Get anything good? Salma left the Fred Segal store with a number of bags Salma will lend her vocal talents to the film alongside The Office star John Krasinski, Frank Langella, Alfred Molina and Beasts of the Southern Wild Oscar nominee Quvenzhane Wallis. The Prophet is an adaptation of the 1923 collection of 26 prose poetry essays by Lebanese artist, philosopher and writer Kahil Gibran. The actress will also serve as producer for the project, working with writer-director Roger Allers, who has helped create a string of Disney classics including The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid and Aladdin.

Splashing her cash: Salma Hayek goes girly in pastel pink as she hits the designer boutiques with her family

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.” When it comes to her husband, French billionaire fashion mogul Francois-Henri Pinault, Hayek says she does take her appearance seriously. Jeff Vespa/WireImage Hayek, 47, is married to French billionaire Francois-Henri Pinault. I want him to be attracted to me, she said. “A lot of the effort I make is for my husband because I want him to be attracted to me,” she tells the mag. RELATED: BEYONCE PERFORMS WITH JAY-Z AT SOUND OF CHANGE The sultry screen star is certainly attractive to more than just her husband, but is perhaps more admirable for her work ethic. In addition to being a Hollywood actress and producer, Hayek is an acivist. She helped start Chime for Change, the campaign for women’s empowerment around the world co-founded by Gucci. Beyonce headlined the affiliated Sound of Change London Concert on June 1. Giving her advice to women, Hayek says honesty is the best policy. “You’ve got to take who you are and love who you are and do the best you can with what you’ve got,” she said.