Salma Hayek

10 Worthy Quotes from Salma Hayek

10 Worthy Quotes from Salma Hayek

Infamous for her beauty.  Acclaimed for her talent.  Salma Hayek first burst into the Hollywood scene before being Latino was the new mainstream.  From her early days in Mexican telenovelas, to her cameos in her first network success, Ugly Betty, to the Oscar nod she received for Frida, Hayek has sort of come full circle, proving as she might say, that a Mexican actress can do whatever she sets her heart and mind to.  Along the way she’s also given us some pretty wise words to contemplate.

Here are just a few worthy quotes from the Mexican thespian:

10. “Before you do anything, think. If you do something to try and impress someone, to be loved, accepted or even to get someone’s attention, stop and think. So many people are busy trying to create an image, they die in the process.”

9. “Life is tough, and if you have the ability to laugh at it you have the ability to enjoy it.”

8. “People often say that ‘beauty is in the eye of the beholder,’ and I say that the most liberating thing about beauty is realizing that you are the beholder. This empowers us to find beauty in places where others have not dared to look, including inside ourselves.”

7. “It’s very easy to feel someone’s pain when you love them.”

6. “I keep waiting to meet a man who has more balls than I do.”

5. “If I go on a diet and work out, I’m always in a bad mood. I’d rather be a little heavier but nice.”

4. “I love being a wife and homemaker – because it’s my choice. My husband doesn’t expect me to do it. I don’t mind doing things for him because he does so much for me; we both feel that way so there is no power struggle.”

3. “No woman has to be a victim of physical abuse. Women have to feel like they are not alone.”

2. “I do have a Mexican accent, but that doesn’t mean that I’m a Latin vamp.”

1. “When they told me I (might win), I was asked to tape a message saying thank you. But the thing is, this particular award isn’t televised. Now, believe me, I am so grateful they acknowledge all of our great Latin performers, but I refused to tape the acknowledgement. If we Latins are not worth their time on television, why should they be worth mine? I think we deserve better than that, so I told them I wouldn’t participate.”

Good for Salma Hayek! Kudos to her for Standing Up to MTV

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I’m kind of proud of our mexicana Salma Hayek today for refusing to pre-record a video acceptance speech for April’s MTV Movie Awards. She was nominated for the category of Best Latin Actor for her role in Savages, but refused to record an acceptance speech just in case she would have won when she found out the category of Best Latin Actor wouldn’t be televised at all.

Instead it would be live during commercial breaks and announced during the show as another award that was given out during the night.

This was her explanation to InStyle Magazine of her decision:

“When they told me I (might win), I was asked to tape a message saying thank you. But the thing is, this particular award isn’t televised. Now, believe me, I am so grateful they acknowledge all of our great Latin performers, but I refused to tape the acknowledgement. If we Latins are not worth their time on television, why should they be worth mine? I think we deserve better than that, so I told them I wouldn’t participate.”

¡Así se habla! Good for you Salma for standing up for all Latinos! We do deserve better.

In the end Javier Bardem won the category, but he was not in attendance at the awards show.

10 Celebs Whose Accents We Can’t Get Enough Of!

Once upon a time, accents weren’t cool.  I know, can you believe that?!  Nowadays, it seems some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry belong to Latino stars with varying degrees of thick to thicker accents.   Some would argue the accent is sexy.  That it gives these Latino stars an extra allure.  But sometimes, as in the case of Sofia Vergara, an accent can just be down right hilarious.  And why not admit it, at times, some of these accents can also be pretty hard to understand.  I can remember several episodes of Dancing With The Stars where I didn’t have a clue what William Levy was trying to say.  Pero, whatever the case, what’s true about these 10 Latino Celebrities is that they wear their acentos with lots of orgullo and that’s what makes them so cool!  These are 10 Celebs whose accents we can’t get enough of:

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Salma Hayek: The original accent!  Well, I can’t say that’s true… but Salma was definitely a pioneer in making accents mainstream.  Her movie, Fools Rush In is a classic!

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Javier Bardem: I know enough about you ladies to know most of you LOVE Javier Bardem for his accent, among other attributes that I won’t go into here, LOL!

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Sofia Vergara: Sofia has turned into the poster girl for Latinos with accents.  She owns it like nobody else and really is as cool as a Latina with an accent can be!

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William Levy: He’s the up and coming heartthrob, pero como que there’s going to be William Levy in Hollywood pa’rato!

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Penelope Cruz: Personally, I find Penelope’s accent very sexy.  She’s beautiful and a very good actress, which always makes her accent more interesting.

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Demián Bichir: Honestly, Demián’s accent is not very pronounced, but his stellar performance in A Better Life has made him quite the star to watch.

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Kate Del Castillo: Whether in English or Spanish, Kate’s fans just can’t get enough of her.  There’s a frenzy of protest going on right now to anyone else other than the Mexican actress playing Teresa Mendoza in the sequel to La Reina Del Sur. 

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Enrique Iglesias: Kind of a classic, Enrique has been around forever, and he’s been driving his fans crazy for decades with that Spanish accent of his.

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Shakira: La colombiana más famosa of the music industry has progressively minimized her accent over the years, but still proudly represents Latinos around the globe.

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Guillermo: And finally, Guillermo… from Jimmy Kimmel Live, in case you’re wondering.  The security guard turned on air personality is hilarious as Kimmel’s nightly side kick, and proudly showcases his Latino roots on the nightly show.

Salma, Sofia, JLo, Christina, Eva & Eva – Yeah, They’re All Nominated for ALMA Awards

Nombre, you’re better off asking who’s not nominated?  I kid, LOL!  Pero fijense nomás, if you were to ask that question I’d have to say folks like America Ferrera and Rosario Dawson who haven’t been in the limelight very much this year at all.  Those folks are probably the only Latinos in the entertainment industry who haven’t been nominated for this year’s ALMA Awards, put together by the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) annually.

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Digo, don’t get me wrong.  I think it’s great that por lo menos NCLR recognizes the talent of our own raza, no pun intended, but it’s not everyday we get to see so many of our artists and entertainers being nominated… well, for pretty much anything.  Mucho menos que ganen.  In this case, any way you cut it, no matter who wins or loses, several of our famosos are walking away with trophies.  You gotta like them odds!

Which brings us to the other part of this post.  This year, the ALMA Awards, which will be aired Friday, September 21, 2012 at 8/7 C on NBC, will be awarded to winners “with your votes in mind.”  What does that mean?  Pues, that if you want to, you can vote for your favorite artist in their respective category, daily, every day, from now until online voting closes on September 7, 2012.  If you’re interested Vote Here.

If you just want to know who’s nominated for what – it’s okay, yo también soy bien metiche - here’s the full list of nominados:

Favorite Movie
Act of Valor
For Greater Glory
Girl in Progress
Puss in Boots
The Way

Favorite Movie Actor
Diego Boneta, Rock of Ages
Benicio Del Toro, Savages
Andy Garcia, For Greater Glory
Rodrigo Santoro, What to Expect When You’re Expecting
Martin Sheen, The Way

Favorite Movie Actress—Drama/Adventure
Salma Hayek, Savages
Eva Longoria, For Greater Glory
Eva Mendes, Girl in Progress
Roselyn Sanchez, Act of Valor
Zoe Saldana, Colombiana

Favorite Movie Actress—Comedy/Musical
Bérénice Bejo, The Artist
Penelope Cruz, To Rome With Love
Cameron Diaz, What to Expect When You’re Expecting
Jennifer Lopez, What to Expect When You’re Expecting
Aubrey Plaza, Safety Not Guaranteed

Favorite Movie Actor—Supporting Role
Demián Bichir, Savages
Rubén Blades, For Greater Glory
Emilio Estevez, The Way
Oscar Isaac, For Greater Glory
Edgar Ramírez, Wrath of the Titans

Favorite Movie Actress—Supporting Role
Mia Maestro, Savages
Cierra Ramirez, Girl in Progress
Genesis Rodriguez, Man on the Ledge
Harmony Santana, Gun Hill Road
Sofía Vergara, The Three Stooges

Favorite TV Reality, Variety, or Comedy Personality or Act
Christina Aguilera, The Voice (NBC)
Gabriel Iglesias, Gabriel Iglesias Presents Stand-Up Revolution (Comedy Central)
George Lopez, Take Me Out (FOX)
Jennifer Lopez, American Idol (FOX)
William Levy, Dancing with the Stars (ABC)

Favorite TV Actor
Benjamin Bratt, Private Practice (ABC)
Danny Pino, Law and Order: Special Victims Unit (NBC)
Tyler Posey, Teen Wolf (MTV)
James Roday, Psych (USA)
Charlie Sheen, Anger Management (FX)

Favorite TV Actress—Drama
Jordana Brewster, Dallas (TNT)
Julie Gonzalo, Dallas (TNT)
Cote de Pablo, NCIS (CBS)
Lana Parrilla, Once Upon a Time (ABC)
Madeleine Stowe, Revenge (ABC)

Favorite TV Actress—Comedy
Victoria Justice, Victorious (Nickelodeon)
Aubrey Plaza, Parks and Recreation (NBC)
Naya Rivera, Glee (FOX)
Bella Thorne, Shake It Up (Disney Channel)
Sofía Vergara, Modern Family (ABC)

Favorite TV Actor—Supporting Role in a Drama
Guillermo Diaz, Scandal (ABC)
Carlos Gomez, The Glades (A&E)
Jon Huertas, Castle (ABC)
Michael Trevino, The Vampire Diaries (CW)
David Zayas, Dexter (Showtime)

Favorite TV Actor—Supporting Role in a Comedy
Hector Elizondo, Last Man Standing (ABC)
Ian Gomez, Cougar Town (TBS)
Adam Irigoyen, Shake It Up (Disney Channel)
Oscar Nuñez, The Office (NBC)
Rico Rodriguez, Modern Family (ABC)

Favorite TV Actress—Supporting Role
Constance Marie, Switched at Birth (ABC Family)
Sara Ramirez, Grey’s Anatomy (ABC)
Sarah Ramos, Parenthood (NBC)
Gina Torres, Suits (USA Network)
Lauren Vélez, Dexter (Showtime)

Favorite Male Music Artist
Bruno Mars
Pitbull
Ricky Martin
Romeo Santos
Santana

Favorite Female Music Artist
Gloria Estefan
Jennifer Lopez
Demi Lovato
Naya Rivera
Esperanza Spalding

Burger King Turning On the Sexy With Sofia and Salma

Y’all remember these spoofs of Burger King with Anjelah Johnson on SNL, right?

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Anjelah Johnson on SNL as a "King Burger" employee.

Well now the fast food chain is employing two super star Latinas to help them do a little revamping of their image, among a host of other celebrities including David Beckham and Steven Tyler.  It seems Burger King wants to be known less for their “colorful” – I heard that word the other day and it cracked me up – restaurant staff and more for being a “sexy” fast food brand.  Is it working?  Pues quien sabe, but their ads are pretty awesome!  Click on the images to see the videos – for some reason I could not embed them from YouTube. 

Burger King getting sexy with Sofia Vergara and Salma Hayek

I love the look on the kid's face, jajaja!

Who wouldn’t want to be that kid?!  Sofia, I want a chicken nugget too!!

Burger King getting sexy with Sofia Vergara and Salma Hayek

Exuding Jessica Rabbit... just a little bit :-)

Salma is not only drop dead gorgeous and sexy in her English and Spanish language commercials, but she’s also pretty damn funny!

¡Bien hecho BK!

10 Celebrity Latina Mamacitas

We’re still honoring our own madrecitas for their hard work and dedication in raising us all of these years, but what would Mother’s Day be without recognizing a couple of mamacitas too?  From JLO to Jenni Rivera, Salma, Jessica Alba, Ana Barbara, La Chule, and yes, even the one and only Sofia Vergara, among others, these Celebrity Latina Moms make being a jefita look effortless and flawless all of the time.  Sure, we all know raising kids “is not no picnic,” but it’s nice to be able to see so many Latina mothers taking center stage in our popular culture.  Especially touching, for me, the nurturing and support that takes place between Latina mothers and their daughters, as is the case with momma Crafty Chica and her daughter Maya in the Moment!

¡Felicidades to you all, Divas of Motherhood!

10 celebrity latina moms

Salma Hayek and her daughter, Valentina.

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Sofia Vergara and son Manolo.

10 celebrity latina moms

Jessica Alba with daughters Honor and Haven.

10 celebrity latina moms

Jennifer Lopez with twins Max and Emme.

10 celebrity latina moms

Thalia with son Matthew Alejandro.

10 celebrity latina moms

Jenni Rivera with her brood.

10 celebrity latina moms

Christina Aquilera with son Max.

10 celebrity latina moms

Crafty Chica with daughter Maya in the Moment.

10 celebrity latina moms

Ana Barbara with her children and then some on Cristina.

10 celebrity latina moms

La Chule with Luis Miguel's sons Daniel and Miguel.

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