Salma Hayek is expecting her first child at age 40 and she says women shouldn’t be in a hurry to have kids before they’re ready.
“Motherhood is not for everyone,” Salma tells Marie Claire in its May issue. “It is for me, but there’s no reason women should feel rushed to have a child.”
Salma, who spoke to the magazine before announcing her pregnancy and engagement to businessman François-Henri Pinault, continues: “Society thinks if you don’t have children, you’ve failed as a woman, even if you are CEO of a company.
“You’ve got to be beautiful, smart, skinny, tall, rich, successful at your job, married to the right guy – and have genius children. And by the way, you also have to be a nun!”
She also admits that the pressure to appear physically perfect isn’t easy on her. “The stress is sensational,” she says. “But then, you have to keep everything in perspective. It’s a dress, hair, makeup – c’mon, let’s go! We have to stop this obsession that starts when we’re teenagers: ‘Am I pretty enough?’ ”
Salma has challenged the stereotypes that women face – especially Latin women. “I started out in Hollywood at the same time as Jennifer Lopez,” she says. “Before us, Latinas only had roles that were part of the backdrop, as the maid or the prostitute. We changed that. Of course, you’re always looking for those Meryl Streep parts, but I am grateful for the things I did.”