Mexican actress Salma Hayek has been named Personality of the Year by the magazine Vanity Fair Spain.
A gala hosted by the Teatro Real opera house of Madrid was the setting for Hayek’s acknowledgement, a ceremony that also celebrated Vanity Fair Spain’s 10th anniversary.
“Thank you very much, I am honored by this acknowledgement and by sharing this night with all of you,” she told the audience as she stood on the stage with friend and Spanish actress Penélope Cruz, who presented the award.
“Penélope and I had a different type of ambition, we both wanted to be good actresses, and it was important for both of us to also be good people. It was important to not lose our roots, our values, on the way,” said Hayek, 52, adding that in Cruz she found a companion with whom she “navigated the turbid waters of Hollywood.”
“It is very special for me to receive this award from someone who has been a pillar in my life,” she continued.
A prominent voice in the international #MeToo movement against sexual harassment and sexual assault, Hayek emphasized the importance of empowering women, something she considers “important for the well-being of humanity.”
“It is tragic, unfair and stupid to strip us of the right to be respected as human beings. We are human beings and should at least be respected as one. And in many places and in many ways, we are not given even that minimal respect,” she said.
Hayek was born in Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz, in 1966. Her career started in 1988 and has led her to conquer Mexican TV screens and the international silver screen.