LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 01: Co-founder Salma Hayek Pinault poses backstage in the media room at the "Chime For Change: The Sound Of Change Live" Concert at Twickenham Stadium on June 1, 2013 in London, England. Chime For Change is a global campaign for girls' and women's empowerment founded by Gucci with a founding committee comprised of Gucci Creative Director Frida Giannini, Salma Hayek Pinault and Beyonce Knowles-Carter. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images for Gucci)2013 Getty Images
Salma Hayek loves being a curvaceous Latina.
But after gaining 50 pounds during her pregnancy with her daughter, Valentina, in 2007, it made Hayek re-think her body and the prospect of having more children.
The 46-year-old said the pregnancy weight gain left her feeling “completely disfigured.”
"I gained so much weight, I got an opportunity to see myself completely disfigured in many different ways - for a very good reason - and I don’t regret it for a second," she recently told Glam Belleza Latina.
The “Grown Ups 2” star said it took those extra 50 pounds for her to finally start appreciating her body.
"The things that I used to criticize, they were not that bad after all,” she said. “We’ve got to fight for our confidence every day in modern life because we live in a society that is very harsh to women.”
She said Hollywood gives women the impression that they always have to be smart, successful a good mother, beautiful, young and skinny forever.
“It’s a lot of pressure. So I think we have to take a deep breath and just enjoy ourselves and say, ‘I’m going to be the best that I can be, and that’s more than enough.’ ”
After fighting for years in the industry, Hayek has learned that “patience is a wonderful skill,” she said.
In the recent issue of Instyle, Hayek spoke about the stigma still present when it comes to Latino actors.
The Mexico native said she refused to do a pre-recorded video acceptance speech for April's MTV Movie Awards after she learned the category for which see was nominated, Best Latino Actor, for her role in Oliver Stone's 2012 crime thriller Savages, would not even be televised.
“Now, believe me, I am so grateful they acknowledge all of our great Latin performers, but I refused to tape the acknowledgement,” she said. “If we Latins are not worth their time on television, why should they be worth mine? I think we deserve better than that, so I told them I wouldn't participate."