"I gained so much weight, I got an opportunity to see myself completely disfigured in many different ways - for a very good reason - and I don’t regret it for a second," Hayek says.
"That’s when I started appreciating my body. The things that I used to criticize, they were not that bad after all."
The actress and producer, who is married to Valentina's father, Francois-Henri Pinault, confesses that like many women she has struggled over the years with self-image woes and lack of confidence when it comes to her appearance and body.
"We've got to fight for our confidence every day in modern life because we live in a society that is very harsh to women," she says.
"You have to be smart and successful and a good mother and beautiful and young and skinny forever.
"It’s a lot of pressure. So I think we have to take a deep breath and just enjoy ourselves and say, ‘I’m going to be the best that I can be, and that’s more than enough.’ ”
Salma quickly shed her pregnancy weight following the birth of Valentina, but says she still works hard to retain her gorgeous figure with the help of juice diets—she even has her own detox drink range called Cooler Cleanse.
"My favorite is the green one," Hayek says, detailing the contents—a blend of celery, spinach and kale.
"If I had to eat all those vegetables, it would be a drag. But in the juice, they taste really good."
Salma also opens up about her career, the most important lessons she has learned in life and how she defines being "successful."
“Patience is a wonderful skill,” Salma says. “It teaches you to enjoy the process and not just the result of things.
“Success is just happiness. If you’ve found the right companion for life, a good relationship with loved ones, if you are healthy—my God, you are immensely successful.”
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