Recently, Marie Claire reported on Halle Berry, who, at 57, spoke about aging recently, saying she’s “going down fighting.” So apparently too is Salma Hayek, who turned 57 yesterday and, alongside one of her now-famous summer bikini snaps (seriously—it’s a thing) is proclaiming “I’m so happy to be alive.”
For her birthday, Hayek chose a red bikini with a white chain link detail to celebrate. “I’m so happy to be alive and so profoundly grateful for all the blessings!!!!” she wrote on Instagram alongside several photos of herself on the beach and in the ocean. “My beloved family, my precious friends, my health, my work that keeps me going, my empowering team, my relationship with animals & nature, and the love of all my loyal fans. Happy 57th birthday to me!!!” If this is 57—both Hayek and Berry—where the heck do we sign?
Per Us Weekly, several of Hayek’s famous friends showed the actress love: Bella Thorne wrote “Goals! Happy birthday!!” while Viola Davis commented “Happiest of birthdays.” Priyanka Chopra Jonas added “Happy birthday gorgeous.”
Hayek opened up about aging this summer, showing off her gray roots in a photo on Instagram posted in July. “Here is a tip to cover your white hair without dyeing it…don’t wear your glasses on your hair!!! Bring on the wisdom,” she wrote.
She also opened up about aging in a 2021 episode of “Red Table Talk,” where Hayek said, correctly, “You can kick ass at any age. You can hold your own at any age, you can dream at any age, you can be romantic at any age. We have the right to be loved for who we are at the place that we are. We’re not just here to make babies, we’re not just here to baby the man. We’re not just here to service everything and everyone around us and then when the kids go away … it’s almost like expiration date for the eggs means an expiration date for you as a woman. It’s a misunderstanding that has been going around for centuries.”
We’re grateful for women just like her for clearing up that misunderstanding once and for all.
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Rachel Burchfield is a writer, editor, and podcaster whose primary interests are fashion and beauty, society and culture, and, most especially, the British Royal Family and other royal families around the world. She serves as Marie Claire’s Senior Celebrity and Royals Editor and has also contributed to publications like Allure, Cosmopolitan, Elle, Glamour, Harper’s Bazaar, InStyle, People, Vanity Fair, Vogue, and W, among others. Before taking on her current role with Marie Claire, Rachel served as its Weekend Editor and later Royals Editor. She is the cohost of Podcast Royal, a show that was named a top five royal podcast by The New York Times. A voracious reader and lover of books, Rachel also hosts I’d Rather Be Reading, which spotlights the best current nonfiction books hitting the market and interviews the authors of them. Rachel frequently appears as a media commentator, and she or her work has appeared on outlets like NBC’s Today Show, ABC’s Good Morning America, CNN, and more.
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