Hayek's paternal grandparents were Mexicans of Lebanese descent, while her mother is of Spanish descent. Raised in a wealthy, devoutly Catholic family, she was sent to the Academy of the Sacred Heart, Grand Coteau, Louisiana, at the age of She was also an accomplished gymnast aspiring to compete in the Olympics but her father prevented her from being recruited by the Mexican national team.
The religious sisters running the Academy ejected Hayek citing behavioral problems, so she returned to Mexico. She was later sent to live with her aunt in Houston, Texas, where she stayed until she was To the chagrin of her family, she dropped out to pursue a career as an actress.
At the age of 23, Hayek landed the title role in Teresa , a successful Mexican telenovela that made her a star in Mexico. For her performance Hayek was nominated for an Ariel Award. Breast growth Salma Hayek From the start of her career, a noticeable development in Salma's chest has been seen.
Starting from a a near flat skinny girl in early Mexican soap operas to the impressive proportions achieved due to her last pregnancy. Early in her career much was speculated, including surgeon help.
But braless non-nude pictures released from time to time have shown her attributes to be natural. Hayek also advocates breastfeeding, because of its benefits, including building stronger infant immune systems. Robert Rodriguez and his producer wife Elizabeth Avellan soon gave Hayek the break she needed, a starring role opposite Antonio Banderas in 's Desperado.
The movie caught Hollywood's attention, as moviegoers proved to be as dazzled by Hayek as Rodriguez had been. Due to Salma's loyalty to the director she would later decline playing the role Catherine Zeta-Jones eventually took in The Mask of Zorro after Rodriguez abandoned the project. She has also appeared in the Spy Kids trilogy.
Salma Hayek in From Dusk Till Dawn Hayek followed her success in Desperado with a brief but memorable role as a vampire queen in From Dusk Till Dawn, where she provocatively danced on a table before killing Quentin Tarantino's character.
In she had an uncredited acting part opposite Benicio Del Toro in Traffic. Around this time Hayek founded production company Ventanarosa, through which she produces film and television projects.
Frida, co-produced by Hayek, was released in She earned a Best Actress Academy Award nomination for her performance. Hayek is an executive producer of the Ugly Betty television series airing around the world since September Originally intended as a half hour sitcom for NBC in , the project would later be picked up by ABC for the season with Silvio Horta also producing.
Hayek guest-starred on Ugly Betty as Sofia Reyes, a magazine editor. She also had a cameo playing an actress in the telenovela within the show. Hayek has also been credited as a song performer in three movies. The following month she signed a two year deal with ABC to develop projects for the network through her production company, Ventanarosa. Other work Hayek has been a spokesperson for Avon Products, Inc. She formerly served in the same function for Revlon in In , she modeled for Chopard and was featured in Campari adverts as photographed by Mario Testino.
She was also featured in a series of Spanish language commercials for Lincoln cars. Consequently sales of the Lincoln Navigator among Hispanics increased by twelve percentage points. Personal life Hayek dated fellow actor Edward Norton between and , and then Josh Lucas in The two co-starred in the film, Bandidas. Hayek studied at Ramtha's School of Enlightenment. He is estimated to be worth over 17 Billion dollars Which he now shares with Salma Hayek.