Like many a Hollywood actress Salma Hayek has spent a long part of her career focused on her look.
But when asked whether any part of her body looked better ten years ago, the surprise response was: ‘My boobs’.
Though anyone looking at these stunning new photos for Allure magazine might beg to differ.
How to look good… fully clothed: Salma Hayek reveals the famous embonpointe that has won her millions of fans worldwide
The Oscar nominated Mexican film actress, 44, who shot to fame in America after starring in film Desperado added: ‘They’re not bad, by the way. I’m not complaining about them.’ Quite.
Dressed in Stella McCartney and Yves Saint Laurent cardigan and skirt Hayek shows off the voluptuous figure that has won her a million fans.
And her famous embonpointe appears all present and correct in the stunning photos taken by Mario Testino for the September issue of Allure.
Salma however is amazingly un-precious and raised eyebrows when she famously breast-fed a hungry infant in Sierra Leone, where she was promoting a UNICEF initiative to eradicate tetanus.
She nonchalantly explained: ”If you have milk, you have milk, and if they’re hungry, they’re hungry.
Insults: Surprisingly the Mexican beauty dealt with insults about her looks – her father is of Lebanese descent
‘I think it’s a beautiful thing, because motherhood is a very strong place for women to connect and understand each other.’
But the actress who says that she is more assured about herself and her sexuality since hitting her 40s says it wasn’t always the case.
Surprisingly the Mexican beauty dealt with insults about her looks – her father is of Lebanese descent.
She said: ‘I got teased because I was too short, or I was too brown,” she says.
‘You would think in Mexico that would be something normal, but I did get teased,’ she says.
But later her sultry looks enabled her to make it in Hollywood although she had to fit a certain mould.
She said: When I first started, I found that I had to play the part of something they could swallow in Hollywood, which was the sexy Latin girl, I was not dressing like that in Mexico.’
However, it seems her skin is now set to become her fortune.
The actress has developed a beauty line, Nuance, which launched this summer at CVS. Her beauty line is a tribute to her grandmother, who studied to be a beautician and made potions for government officials and their wives.
‘She started working on my skin when I was 12 or 13. I never used soap on my face. Once, she shaved our heads and put egg on it and all these things. But I have to give her credit—my hair is great.’
But on the subject of the Hollywood ideal of holding back the years – she is clear on where she stands.
‘I believe that every woman is entitled to fight to preserve her youth,” she says. But not by becoming overly surgified by celebrity dermatologists.
‘It’s like the uniform of a generation. And it’s not necessarily beautiful. It’s not wrinkled-looking, but it’s not beautiful.’
Youthful: The actress who looks amazingly youthful said she is not a fan of Hollywood’s ‘overly surgified’ look
The actress is married to Francois-Henri Pinault, 49, the CEO of luxury brands firm PPR, which owns Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent and Balenciaga, and others.
Salma and Pinault have a three-year-old daughter, Valentina.
Pinault was recently revealed as the father of supermodel Linda Evangelista’s four-year-old son Augustin.
The cover girl is battling the CEO in a New York court for $46,000 (£28,000)-a-month child support.
Ms Evangelista, 46, argued she needs the money to pay for around-the-clock nannies and armed chauffeurs to take care of Augustin as a working single mother.
Salma has made no comment on the situation. But of her beloved daughter who speaks English, Spanish, and French, she said she loves sharing her privileged life with her.
She said: ‘I never understood the point of being privileged if you don’t get to have the privileges.
‘Like, people who won’t take their kids to an expensive restaurant, or won’t travel with them, or make them pay for everything at a really young age.
‘I think it’s important that kids have responsibilities and understand the value of things, but I think it’s great that my daughter gets to travel the world.’
See more from Salma Hayek’s Allure cover shoot here