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Salma Hayek: "Dyslexic, Short, and Chubby," Star Talks Imperfections in Harper's Bazaar



Salma Hayek is embracing her imperfections in the November issue of Harper's Bazaar UK. " I have an accent, am dyslexic, short and chubby," the Mexican-American actress admits.  "You name it, I have it, but I am here. I must be the luckiest girl in the world to be working."

Hayek is known and adored for her voluptuous curves.  However, she does not fit Hollywood's strict skinny standards and she's perfectly fine with that.  "I am on the limit of chubbiness because I love my food and my wine," she says. "It's not the best for fashion, but it's good for my mood. I am happy because I eat."  Being the slimmest celebrity isn't one of Hayek's goals. She continued, "The truth is I just don't have the drive to be the prettiest and the thinnest. I can be happy for other people for their beauty. Learn to be happy for others, and you can never run out of happiness."

While her delectable indulges may not be ideal for the waistline,  Hayek insists that it does wonders as an anti-aging regimen.   "I am 46; I will not have Botox," the actress says. "You know why? I don't need to do it because I eat! I eat the fat, I eat the vegetables, I eat everything. If you exercise too much and you don't eat enough, it takes its toll on the skin. Everything starts aging. If you don't eat carbs, you slow your metabolism down. And you know what? You look miserable."

Hayek continued talking about aging in Hollywood and how even the biggest stars can struggle to maintain a career after a certain age. "The worst thing you can be in Hollywood is a woman and over 40,"  Hayek admits. Luckily, Hayek still has her smoking hot body, beautiful botox-free looks, and a fast-moving career - she starred alongside Blake Lively, Taylor Kitsch and Benicio Del Toro in the 2012 summer film "Savages."

Despite her favorable standing in Hollywood, Hayek is still aware of the industry's preference for youth.  She dislikes the fact that a woman's curves are no longer appreciated in society. Today's standard of beauty does not include a full bust or ample bottom; such curves are often deemed provocative or vulgar. "In recent years, we have had to fight against our genetic nature to look like little boys, to be socially accepted as beautiful," Hayek says. "It used to be that a young girl couldn't wait to grow up and take the shape of a woman. Now our goal is regression, to look younger and like a child. There has not been enough diversity of boy shape in fashion."


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Oct 07, 2012 08:57 PM EDT