At 48, Salma Hayek continues to wow on the red carpet and in films. But the actress contends that her curvy figure, combined with the way that she talks and her age, have resulted in discrimination in the competitive entertainment world, reported Fox News.
“If you think about it, I’m limited by the way I talk and by the way I look,” explained Hayek.
“Also, for those who have never seen me in person, I’m quite short. I have an overly…wavy body. I’m not like the girl next door who is easy to cast. I don’t fit into any of the stereotypes of a woman that should continue to work.”
In addition, Salma believes that her age limits her professional opportunities and options. And she feels that’s particularly true in the United States, where Hayek argues that actors who are older than 30 can be blocked from achieving their goals.
“Amazing, talented people [stop finding work] at 32, 33 sometimes!” asserted Salma. “Not so much in London, but in the U.S. it’s crazy.”
That doesn’t mean, however, that Salma suffers from low self-esteem or bad body image. Instead, she is proud to declare that she feels better about her appearance now that she’s older.
“I never exercised my whole life, but now I do yoga. I was always borderline chubby, because I like my food and, frankly, I like my wine….I’m in good shape right now.”
What can women in the entertainment industry do about what Salma views as discrimination?
“We have to be more demanding in the workplace,” Hayek stated. “We need to be more assertive in that department, and stand our ground in our own homes, and teach our children to give us a break and be more appreciative.”
Salma’s outspoken statements come just after Cindy Crawford earned applause for her untouched photos of her own body, as the Inquisitr reported.
And Crawford offered her own views on aging gracefully.
“I really think – at any age – it’s learning to be comfortable in your own skin. If women would treat themselves with the same kind of love they give to their friends, that would be such a great gift we could give ourselves. What makes you the most attractive is self-confidence. That’s what people see.”
In contrast to the praise for Cindy, leaked unretouched photos of Beyonce resulted in a Twitterverse frenzy ranging from cheers to jeers, reported the Daily Mail.
While some of her fans were delighted to see their idol as she is in real life, others were upset by what appeared to be acne and blotches. The site that posted those photos removed them, with an explanation.
“Due to the disdain of the BeyHive, we have removed the photos. We don’t want to cause any drama, nor do we wish to start fan wars. Some of the things we have seen posted were just horrible, and we don’t want any parts of it. We were just posting the photos to share the fact that our queen is naturally beautiful, at the same time she is just a regular woman.”
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