Salma Hayek could be prettier…or so she says

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When it comes to gorgeous actresses, 47-year-old Salma Hayek is right up there with the beautifulest of the beauties.

But, according to an interview with “In Style” magazine, Hayek isn’t completely convinced she couldn’t step it up a notch.

“I could do a lot more—exercise, or not eat dessert,” she explains. “Or not drink alcohol. I could make bigger efforts. I don’t think my first priority in life has ever been beauty. It’s a little bit of a rebellious spirit in me. There is more to me than looks, of course.”

Goodness. I think a lot of women would look at Hayek and run for their swimsuit covers, but the point Hayek is trying to make is this:

“You’ve got to take who you are and love who you are and do the best you can with what you’ve got.”

What exactly is “doing the best you can?” Does that mean exercising for three hours a day? Or staying on a Paleo diet? Maybe some think botox is doing the best they can. Or perhaps hiring a great plastic surgeon.

Since baby boy #3 came along, I have become much more aware of my post-pregnant bod. Maybe swimsuit season has something to do with that. It’s barely been four months, but I already feel like I should be “back to normal.” Girls who have had their babies around the same time and ARE aren’t helping.

Neither are my parents who keep buying me expensive work-out clothes as Christmas and birthday gifts in hopes the trendy threads will ignite some sort of fire within my exhausted body to turn my flab into fab. (Thanks but no thanks, Athleta. You look just as nice in the grocery store line.)

Plus, because I’m breastfeeding right now/on and off for the past five years, I always feel like I’m walking a fine line between looking great or keeping my baby alive. Obviously, I’ve chosen the latter.

In a way, Hayek’s comments are strangely motivating. It’s almost an excuse to just be ok with the chub, and an inspiration to lose it at the same time.

My whole family’s doing Ragnar this year. Maybe I’ll throw on my Lululemon’s and run along…

…or not.

What do you think about Salma’s comment: “I have never tried to be as beautiful as I can be”? Have you ever struggled with acceptance or motivation when it comes to taking care of your beautiful body?



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