Vivacious, sexy and multi-talented – Salma Hayek is not just one of the biggest names in Hollywood these days but possibly one of the most famous Mexican celebrities of all time. Born in the oil town of Coatzacoalcos, Mexico, Salma had always wanted to be an actress, especially after watching movies in local cinemas.
From Local Actress to Hollywood Star
The Mexican actress became a star in her home country when she landed a leading role in the successful soap opera, “Teresa”. In 1991, she left the show and her native Mexico for opportunities in Los Angeles. For years she was only cast in small parts, although she eventually landed roles in movies like “Desperado”, “Once Upon A Time In Mexico”, “Fools Rush In” and “Wild Wild West”. In 2002, she finally produced and starred in her dream movie – “Frida”. The blockbuster was an autobiography of the legendary Mexican painter, Frida Kahlo, whom Salma had admired all her life.
Despite her worldwide success, Salma stays grounded and continues to participate actively in charitable work. She has joined numerous campaigns to promote awareness on violence against women and discrimination against immigrants in the USA. In 2006, she also donated $25,000 to a shelter for abused women in her hometown of Coatzacoalcos, Mexico. Since the birth of her daughter, she also worked with UNICEF and Pampers to help other mothers in developing nations. In 2010, Hayek’s humanitarian work earned her a nomination for the VH1 Do Something Awards.
These days, Salma can be found shuttling between Los Angeles and Mexico. If you’re hoping to catch a glimpse of her, head on to the vibrant capital city of Mexico City or the turquoise beaches of Cancun where she vacations. From the golden sands of Playa Paraiso to the palpitating nightlife of Playa del Carmen, the Riviera Maya in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula is a hot vacation spot not just for Salma, but also a whole string of celebrities like Jennifer Aniston, George Clooney and Leonardo Dicaprio. And if you’re wondering what’s so special about the Mexican coast that has Hollywood stars including Salma going drawn to it, then be sure to head there for a visit.
Photo | Nellie Huang
Want to catch a glimpse of Salma Hayek? Visit the turquoise beaches of Cancun where she vacations and you just might get lucky!