“Salma Hayek: “So many incredible women have shaped who I am today, which is why I am a feminist.”,,

Unsisterly, though it sounds, I didn’t expect to like Salma Hayek very much. Because we both go to a lot of catwalk shows, I see her all the time: I’m there as a reporter, and she’s there because her husband, Francois-Henri Pinault, is the CEO of Kering, the luxury group that owns Gucci, Saint Laurent, Stella McCartney, Alexander McQueen, and Bottega Veneta, among others.


There, she rocks a kind of boss’s wife vibe, dressed to the nines in the designer’s clothes. Or at least, that’s how it’s always come across to me. And I’d watched her new film, an animation of Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet, aimed at families—a “passion project” that is charming, beautifully crafted, and impeccably well-intentioned—but could perhaps do with wearing its learning a little more lightly.


It’s the kind of cafe where you queue with a plastic tray, next to a noticeboard of flyers for Monkey Music and community gardening projects, for a polystyrene cup of PG Tips with the teabag left in. It’s not quite somewhere I can picture Hayek—an Oscar nominee, billionaire’s wife, and Hollywood bombshell—hanging out, so I wait outside.


But she’ll show me the way, she says, leading me in the direction of a restaurant elsewhere in west London’s Holland Park, chatting merrily about nothing in particular—the weather, Milan fashion week, how she needs a coffee.


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