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Salma Hayek: Motherhood is so important

Salma Hayek thought she wouldn’t be able to have children before she welcomed daughter Valentina into the world.

The 48-year-old actress is mother to seven-year-old Valentina with husband François-Henri Pinault.

But before welcoming her daughter into the world, Salma was unsure whether she would ever fulfill her dream of becoming a parent.

"I had my child so late in life," Salma told People magazine. "I thought I wasn't going to be able to and it was such an important thing to me."

Following Valentina’s birth, Salma decided to take a break from the acting industry to concentrate on motherhood.

But after a short sabbatical from work, François-Henri persuaded Salma to find a new project to sink her teeth into.

Since then, Salma has starred in groundbreaking films such as Frida. And she says she is proud to be a working mother role model to her daughter.

"It's important that your kids understand that they are the most important thing but it's not all about them,” Salma added. “You set an example that you are also your own person and you have to continue to grow in the field that you are working."

Valentina is quite the little traveller, despite her tender age, and is a regular accompanier for her mother’s red carpet events.

And while she clearly gets her dark brown hair and eyes from her mother, Salma says she thinks Valentina looks more like her husband.

"I think she is more like him and he thinks she is more like me," she said. "I think she looks like him and he things she looks like me."

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