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Eating fattening food key to looking younger, says Salma Hayek

Anita Singh

Published 04/10/2012 | 08:13

The actress photographed for the November issue of Harper’s Bazaar. Photo: HARPER'S BAZAAR

Salma Hayek has criticised the fashion industry’s use of stick-thin models, saying that eating fattening food is the best way to keep looking young.

For most Hollywood actresses, strict diets and punishing exercise regimes are the order of the day.

Salma Hayek has proved the exception by proudly extolling the merits of being “chubby”, saying that eating fattening food is the best way to keep looking young.

“I am on the limit of chubbiness because I love my food and my wine. It’s not the best for fashion, but it’s good for my mood,” said the Mexican-born actress.

“I am happy because I eat. I am 46 - I will not have Botox. You know why? 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 ageing. And you know what? You look miserable.”

Hayek, who was Oscar-nominated for her role as the artist Frida Kahlo in Frida, told Harper’s Bazaar: “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.”

The actress is married to Francois-Henri Pinault, the French billionaire and chief executive of the fashion conglomerate behind Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent and other luxury brands.

Yet she is a critic of the fashion industry’s use of stick-thin models. She said: “In recent years, we have had to fight against our genetic nature to look like something we are not, to look like little boys.”

Of her career, she said: “It’s a miracle that I’m still working. I don’t think you can get more to the bottom of the ladder than a Mexican or an Arab - my father is Lebanese - and the worst thing you can be in Hollywood is a woman and over 40.

“On top of that, I have an accent, am dyslexic, short and chubby. You name it, I have it, but here I am.”

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