Salma Hayek Pinault will be the recipient of the second-ever Franca Sozzani Award, following in the footsteps of Julianne Moore, who accepted the inaugural award last year. The Mexican actress and producer is set to receive the accolade on August 31 during the 75th edition of the Venice International Film Festival, in a ceremony held at Italy’s Belmond Hotel Cipriani.
The Franca Sozzani award was established by the family of the late Vogue Italia editor-in-chief, who passed in 2016. The accolade recognizes exceptional women who stand out in their creative fields and for their social commitments. The decision to bestow it on the Frida actress came from the award’s board, which consists of Sozzani’s son Francesco Carrozzini, her sister Carla Sozzani, and former model and Vogue Arabia cover star Afef Jnifen, among others.
Speaking to WWD, Fedele Usai, chief executive officer of Condé Nast Italia, who is on the Franca Sozzani Award’s board, said: “Her example and her teaching live on in a countless number of little everyday actions, which still punctuate life in the firm today. This tribute to Franca is an opportunity to celebrate a person who was unique and unrepeatable, and who is a constant and challenging benchmark for all of us at Condé Nast.”
A multiple award-winning actress, wife of Kering Chairman François-Henri Pinault, and mother of 10-year-old Valentina, Hayek has a lot going on. Along with producing films and running a cosmetics empire, the actress, who is of Lebanese descent, makes sure she still has time to champion women’s and immigrant’s rights. Her charitable work includes raising awareness on violence against women, and advocating for displaced people. In 2015, she paid a visit to her ancestral land of Lebanon to visit Syrian refugee children.