Salma Hayek is one of the most prominent Latinos in Hollywood having been named in 2005 by Time magazine among the 25 Most Influential Hispanics. She has achieved huge success in all her endeavors as an actress, producer, model, activist, and humanitarian.
The Mexican-born American beauty, who was named the 2001 Glamour magazine Woman of the Year Award recipient, is best known for starring in blockbuster films like Desperado (1995), From Dusk till Dawn (1996), Grown Ups (2010), and The Hitman’s Bodyguard (2017). She began her acting career in Mexico starring in the telenovela Teresa (1989) before moving to the United States.
Salma Hayek was born Hayek Jimenez to Diana Jimenez Medina and Sami Hayek Dominguez, on September 2, 1966, in Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz, Mexico. Her father, who once ran for mayor of their hometown and owns/runs an industrial-equipment firm, has also been an oil company executive while her mother is a former opera singer turned talent scout. She is of Mexican, Lebanese and Spanish descent.
Having been raised in a wealthy family, Hayek had the opportunity of attending the best schools. At around the age of 12, she was sent to the United States to attend the Academy of the Sacred Heart in Grand Coteau, Louisiana where she got diagnosed with dyslexia. She went on to attend one of the most prestigious universities in Mexico, Universidad Iberoamericana, where she studied International Relations.
Hayek began her acting career at the age of 23 when she landed the role that propelled her to stardom in Teresa (1989). Following the critical acclaim she received for her performance, the young actress moved to Los Angeles in 1991 to further hone her craft under the tutelage of Stella Adler. She then went on to star in another Mexican film in 1994, El Callejón de Los Milagros (Miracle Alley) which went on to win the highest number of awards ever won by a single movie in Mexican cinema history.
Salma Hayek’s first Hollywood effort was opposite Antonio Banderas in Desperado (1995) which got her a nomination for Best Supporting Actress at the Saturn Awards as well as Best Kiss at the MTV Movie Awards. She went on to appear in From Dusk till Dawn (1996) as a vampire queen, the romantic comedy Fools Rush In (1997), and the action comedy Wild Wild West (1999) which all showed Hayek’s acting depth.
Around the turn of the millennium, Hayek established a movie production company called Ventanarosa before going on to star as the title character in Frida (2002) which she co-produced. The role is noted to be her breakthrough as she got nominated for an Academy Award, BAFTA Award, Screen Actors Guild Award, and Golden Globe Award among many others, in the Best Actress category.
Salma Hayek still continues to act till this day but also spends a good amount of her timing running her different businesses and doing humanitarian work.
Salma Hayek’s Husband (François-Henri Pinault), Daughter
Salma Hayek is married to billionaire French businessman François-Henri Pinault who is the chairman and CEO of the international luxury group Kering which owns brands like Balenciaga, Gucci, and Yves Saint Laurent.
The pair announced their engagement on March 9, 2007, the same day that Hayek confirmed that she was pregnant with his child. A few months later, sometime in September of that year, she gave birth to a baby girl named Valentina Paloma Pinault at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California. Hayek and Pinault later exchanged vows on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2009, in Paris, France. For some other reason not known to us, the couple had a second ceremony on April 25, 2009, this time in Venice, Italy.
Pinault, who as of March 2018 had an estimated net worth of $26 billion, was previously married to Dorothee Lepere. During their 8-year-long marriage which lasted from 1996 to 2004, the couple was blessed with two children; a son François and a daughter Mathilde. Pinault has another child, a son Augustin James Evangelista with supermodel Linda Evangelista whom he dated from September 2005 to January 2006.
They say good things come in small packages, and that is the case for Salma Hayek who even though she is not blessed with a lot of height at 5 feet 2 inches (157 cm), maintains a voluptuous figure with measurements of 39 inches (99 cm) bust, 24 inches (61 cm) waist, and 36 inches (91.5 cm) hips that compliments her petite frame.
Hayek further weighs 54 kg (119 pounds) which she maintains with a strict meal regiment combined with a workout session that includes Yoga, kickboxing, strength training, and ball work.