After giving us a series of noteworthy films over her career—from Fools Rush In (1997) and Frida (2002) to Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003) and Eternals (2021), Salma Hayek Pinault has been honored with her very own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Los Angeles. The 55-year-old star, who comes from Lebanese and Mexican roots, unveiled her name on Friday, November 19, and was joined by Grown Ups co-star Adam Sandler, director Chloé Zhao and the mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti.
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For her special afternoon, Hayek Pinault stepped out in a not-so-basic LBD, proving that classics can be revamped for just about any occasion. The star opted for a custom-made ebony creation by Alexander McQueen which came with a corset-style bodice and parachute skirt. The midi was layered with a cropped jacket featuring crystal raindrop embroidery, which matched the embellishment on her dress. To complete her ensemble, Salma Hayek Pinault went with another classic—black pumps. The actor’s glossy ombré locks were styled in romantic waves, and her beauty look was completed with a soft smoky eye and cherry lips.
For Hayek Pinault, receiving a Hollywood star wasn’t just a moment of deep honor, but also a chance for her to share her experiences within the industry with fans. The actor opened up about facing racism, recalling a time when a studio asked her, “Why don’t you go back to the (Mexican) telenovelas? You’ll never find a job here.” At the time, the actor remembers also telling herself, “Nobody wants me here. They want me in my country.” Today, however, her advice is one to remember: “Try to be better. Try to find the joy in what you do. Work hard. Prepare. Don’t care what anybody says. But most importantly, don’t listen to yourself when you bring yourself down.”