Salma Hayek Stands Arm in Arm With Female Filmmakers at the Girls of the Sun premiere

Published May 13th, 2018 - 01:49 GMT
Salma Hayek worked her red carpet magic while standing arm in arm with her fellow female filmmakers at the Girls of the Sun premiere at the Cannes Film Festival (Source : Kathy Hutchins / Shutterstock)
Salma Hayek worked her red carpet magic while standing arm in arm with her fellow female filmmakers at the Girls of the Sun premiere at the Cannes Film Festival (Source : Kathy Hutchins / Shutterstock)

She's been a Hollywood A-list staple since bursting onto the scene over 20 years ago. 

And Salma Hayek worked her red carpet magic while standing arm-in-arm with her fellow female filmmakers at the Girls of the Sun premiere at the Cannes Film Festival on Saturday.

Salma was one of 82 women at the red carpet protest to campaign for more female representation within the film industry - the number being a reference to the list of female directors who have climbed up the famous Cannes Film Festival steps since its inception 71 years ago.

 

Taking a stand: Salma Hayek, 51, looked a dream in a shimmering blue gown as she joined the women's march at Cannes Film Festival on Saturday

The 51-year-old Mexican actress looked sensational for the event in a glittering light blue gown with a shimmering silver belt accentuating her stunning hourglass figure.

Salma - flanked by actress Sofia Boutella and Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins  - exuded vintage glamour in the decadent design and continued the floral theme with a diamond leaf necklace. 

The Desperado star let her trademark raven locks fall past her shoulders in a soft wave, while minimalist make-up highlighted her natural glow. 

The outspoken actress proudly displayed a 50/50 badge, symbolizing equal pay, on her dress strap as she took part in Cannes first Women's March. 

All that glitters: Salma - flanked by actress Sofia Boutella and Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins - exuded vintage glamour in the decadent design

This year's Cannes Jury president Cate Blanchett gave an impassioned speech before the film premeire alongside Kristen Stewart, Marion Cotillard, and Ava DuVernay . 

The Oscar-winner enthused: 'Women are not a minority in the world, yet the current state of the industry stays otherwise.

'As women, we all face our own unique challenges, but we stand together on these stairs today as a symbol of our determination and commitment to progress. 

Solidarity: The outspoken actress - who has proudly campaigned for the #Metoo movement - displayed a 50/50 badge, symbolizing equal pay, on her dress strap

'We are writers, producers, directors, actresses, cinematographers, talent agents, editors, distributors, sales agents and all involved in the cinematic arts.'

Salma has been a staunch advocate for the #Metoo and Time's up movement after speaking out about her experiences with disgraced film mogul Harvey Weinstein last year, alleging that he had put pressure on her to have sex with him.

Speaking to Sky News in February, Salma spoke about Time's Up - which has seen women across the industry stand together against sexual harassment - and reflected on how it's made her feel 'stronger' for speaking out about her own encounters.  

'It was very difficult [speaking out]. It took me months,' she said.

'I have been an activist for women’s rights for 25 years, but what surprised me is that when it was my turn to talk about it, how difficult it was. But it has united me with other women, stronger and deeper.'

She went on: 'The one extra thing to say is talking about the bulling that comes when you say no. It has to do with gender and equality in many ways and [women] are being psychologically abused.

'It’s important to talk about these things that come when you don’t value women as [they] should be valued.'

In December, Salma confessed to her own experiences with Weinstein in an emotional op-ed in the New York Times, revealing how his extensive propositions for sex lasted almost a decade.  

 


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