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Tuesday 23 September 2014

Salma Hayek Pinault: Women have it hard

Salma Hayek Pinault

Salma Hayek Pinault believes being a woman is "not easy".

The 46-year-old Mexican-American actress has been successful in both her personal and professional lives.

Salma is married to French billionaire François-Henri Pinault who she shares daughter Valentina Paloma with, but says she can relate to the difficulties faced by ordinary females as a result of their gender.

"Women are strong by nature. Unfortunately, we don't identify with our strength so easily. It is not easy to be a woman," Salma discussed with the US edition of Harper's Bazaar.

Salma has long been a supporter of women's rights and has testified before the Senate on violence against women.

Her latest campaign sees her team up with pop star Beyoncé Knowles and Gucci creative director Frida Giannini as leaders of Chime for Change, a call to unite to raise awareness and funds for disadvantaged women around the world.

Salma shared the most important change she would like to effect.

"I'd like to see the life of a woman valued and respected around the world," she continued. "It is incredible to think that at this time in history there are many places where we do not have basic human rights."

Salma recalled an inspirational moment that spurred her to make a success of her life.

She joked that although she is an active campaigner for women's equality, she secretly enjoys being chained to the kitchen at times.

"My mom was famous for her cooking. One day I asked her to teach me. She refused, saying that hopefully I would find a better thing to do with my life than spend all day in the kitchen. I was motivated by the women in my family to go out in the world and do great things," she laughed. "And so I did, but I must confess I do love cooking."

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