For Salma Hayek at one time being considered one of Hollywood’s hottest actors and hardworking individuals didn’t matter due to something she felt would never happen for her: becoming a mother.
In a recent interview, the Mexican actress revealed that there was a time in her life that she feared that as she got older she would never become a mother.
“I had my child so late in life” said the 48-year-old actress in an interview. She also revealed that as she neared her 40s the fear increased, “I thought I wasn’t going to be able to and it was an important thing to me.”
Not being mother wasn’t just important for Hayek, but felt it was pivotal as a women to be one; it is because of this belief the actress once feared that being childless would have been a failure for her. This fear is something she connected pressure being placed upon many women from society.
“Society thinks if you don’t have children, you’ve failed as a woman, even if you are CEO of a company,” she explained, “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!”
But her fear was merely a manifestation of what she felt was expected of her as a woman within society. It wasn’t until the months leading up to May 2007 the actress would see the error in believing this when—along with her husband French fashion mogul Francois-Henri Pinault whom she met in 2006—welcomed a baby girl.
It is from motherhood that Hayek describes how she has come to relook at the expectations of women.
Prior to giving birth, the actress explained that motherhood was not something all women should rush into and something that should become their one active duty.
Although she truly adores her 7-year-old daughter Valentina, the actress describes how she once wanted to stop working in order to make her daughter her sole priority but found this too to be in error. According to the actress, continuing to work provides an important lesson to her daughter in-regards to working moms and women at large.
“It’s important that your kids understand that they are the most important thing but it’s not all about them,” and also adding, “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.”
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