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Salma Hayek knows beauty. The 44-year-old bombshell grew up using her Mexican grandmother's homemade creams, and now has her own line of products for CVS. But there's one beauty treatment she has no interest in trying: excessive plastic surgery.
"It's like the uniform of a generation," Hayek says in the September issue of Allure. "And it's not necessarily beautiful. It's not wrinkled-looking, but it's not beautiful."
The Oscar-nominated actress says that she wasn't always so at ease with her looks. Growing up, she admits, kids made fun of her "because I was too short, or I was too brown... You would think in Mexico that would be something normal, but I did get teased." She even says that she was so self-conscious the first time she was required to strip down onscreen -- for a love scene with Antonio Banderas in Desperado -- that the scene took eight hours to film instead of the scheduled one hour!
"I'm not an exhibitionist," she says. "It was the first time, so it was very difficult."
Now, however, Hayek is extremely comfortable with her body -- as she says every aging woman ought to be.
"As a woman, you should be more at ease with your sexuality when you are in your 40s," she explains. "You are more self-assured about that part. And that's the way it should be. If you are a girl who cannot walk in heels, it doesn't matter how beautiful you are. If you look like a chicken that's been spiked in the feet, it's not going to be sexy."
For Hayek, being comfortable with her sexuality also means admitting that her body is changing -- especially, she says with a laugh, "my boobs." She qualifies: "They're not bad, by the way. I'm not complaining about them."
Salma Hayek's anti-surgery stance is actually starting to become trendy among A-listers: recently, Kate Winslet told the Telegraph that she, Emma Thompson and Rachel Weisz have formed what they jokingly call "the British Anti-Cosmetic Surgery League."
"I will never give in," swears Winslet, 35. "It goes against my morals, the way that my parents brought me up and what I consider to be my natural beauty."