Does Salma Hayek really think her body was “disfigured” when she was pregnant?
That’s the $64,000 question after the 46-year-old Latina described her body with a word not commonly used to describe preggo poundage. “I gained so much weight, I got an opportunity to see myself completely disfigured in many different ways,” Glam Belleza Latina’s summer cover girl confided in an interview with the new Latina offshoot of Glamour magazine.
The wife of billionaire François-Henri Pinault put a positive spin on her temporary supersizing. “I don’t regret it for a second,” she said. “That’s when I started appreciating my body. The things that I used to criticize, they were not that bad after all.”
Still, some media critics wanted her to eat her words.
“Salma Hayek managed to make the 50 pounds she put on when she was pregnant with daughter Valentina in 2007 sound like she spent 6 months in a cage playing mah jongg with the pinheads in the 1932 movie Freaks,” wrote Anna Breslaw of Jezebel.
From a linguistic perspective, it’s hard to put a happy face on the word Hayek used. Defining “disfigure” as “to make ugly,” one online thesaurus suggested synonyms like “deformed” and “mutilated,” making it sound more like something that results from a hideous accident than a routine biological event.
One online blogger suggested the Mexican-born momshell may have just misspoke since English is her second language. Maria Guido of the Mommyish blog said, “I’m going to chalk this up to a language thing. I’m not sure ‘disfigured’ means what she thinks it means.”
Yet the actress who got her start in Spanish-language soap operas may have just been refreshingly honest, blurting out what many women really think of their bods when their bellies turn into beach balls. As difficult as getting heavier may be for the average female, it has to be worse for celebrities whose livelihoods are tied to their fat-free figures.
With such high profile stars as Jessica Simpson and Kim Kardashian gaining a lot of weight while pregnant, the subject of how many extra pounds an expectant mama should pack on has been a hot topic this year. Some celebrities jumped to Kardashian’s defense after countless media stories attempted to body shame the zaftig brunette. In one photo, for instance, the reality TV star’s picture was juxtaposed with that of a killer whale, while tabloid covers showed a pregnant Kim with headlines like “I Can’t Stop Eating” and “Don’t Call Me Fat!”
“I think Kim Kardashian looks absolutely beautiful,” said Gwyneth Paltrow. “We’re supposed to gain weight when we’re pregnant — that’s how God intended it.”
Even figure conscious Jennifer Lopez put a positive spin on her maternity curves. “I remember right after the twins were born having that weird jiggly belly — and kind of loving that,” she said. “Because I earned that jiggly belly.”
Ironically, in the same interview in which she called her pregnant body “disfigured,” Hayek commiserated with her fellow females. “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 said. “You have to be smart and successful and a good mother and beautiful and young and skinny forever.”
What do you think? Was Salma Hayek’s description of her pregnant body out of line or was the “Ugly Betty” actress just being real?
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