He inspires her style: "If you're in love with someone, you always want to conquer them anew," she says. "Even if we don't go out, I like to look nice for him. He inspires me. There are men who don't notice what you're wearing, and that's cool. But when you make an effort, François appreciates it so much."
Sporting a ponytail for her Lucky interview, she explains, "This is very Parisian. My husband, it's funny, but he hates it when I have this Parisian hair! He loves my crazy- maniac-madwoman just-got-out-of-the-shower hair. He is like the lawyer for my thick, wild, natural hair. He's like, 'Why make it suffer?' But you know for 45 years I've got this big hair, and these big boobs, and I'm this tiny person and sometimes- you just want to be ... smaller." Salma goes on to say, "He's probably right-my mom always said, 'You think you know better than God?'"
On her Botox theories: "Botox, trust me I've been tempted-but I resist! think about what happens to your muscles-and your skin-if you're sick and don't move for a few days. It all atrophies! Plus, if you freeze a muscle in your face, other muscles have to compensate! And once you stop, what does that look like?"
She adds, "You know Latin people? African-American people? How our skin ages more slowly? Even though we're dramatic, we move our faces, we eat higher- fat foods, we're the ones with fewer wrinkles-it makes you wonder."'
On her struggles with her skin and career: "My skin?! When I was 25 and I left being a soap opera star in Mexico to go try to be a movie star in Hollywood and all of Mexico was laughing at me? And I could barely get work as an extra? You want to talk about bad skin? I had acne. And this acne was so bad, it sent me into a severe, severe depression. Like I couldn't leave the house. I'd wake up in the morning and lie there and touch my face before I got up, just to prepare myself to look in the mirror! The next stage with that sort of depression is food: too little, or too much. Guess what I did? I mean, I was fat and broken out, I couldn't leave the house and I couldn't pay the rent!"
What helped? She went on Accutane. "I didn't want to, but it cured it."
On her eating and exercise habits: "I'm always on the edge of how much can I eat without looking too-you know. If I eat something salty, it makes me want something sweet. I eat something sweet, then I want salty. And exercise is not my thing, though I do it."
On her friend Demi Moore: "[I'm] Not like Demi (in terms of exercise). She's so disciplined, I wish I could be like that." Salma goes on to say, "You watch, Demi will be back. She's an inspiration to all women."
On her fashion essential: "What you need is one black dress I call Plan B. It doesn't have to be fabulous, it just looks good, covers up the problems and is neutral enough for dinner, business, a date, a funeral. You don't overwear it, you don't overwash it, because the Plan B is-gold."
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