How Salma Hayek Is Redefining Ageism in Hollywood: A Glimpse of Her Summer Bikini Bod

Although summer hasn’t yet arrived, Salma Hayek has already posted photos on Instagram to give her followers a glimpse of the beauty and excitement that awaits in the upcoming season. The stunning 56-year-old actress posted a series of photos of herself effortlessly climbing a ladder out of the ocean in a vibrant yellow bikini during the magical golden hour. In her caption, Hayek revealed her secret for feeling renewed: “Every time I need to feel renewed I jump into the ocean 🌊.” It’s no surprise that the post quickly went viral, amassing an impressive 960,000 likes within just four hours.

Hayek is no stranger to the bikini trend that has captivated social media in recent years. In January 2022, she shared another photo of herself in a bikini that garnered an astounding 2.2 million likes, cementing her status as a social media sensation.

In February, Hayek opened up to British GQ about the challenges she faced in Hollywood, particularly with being typecast into sexy roles despite her desire to pursue more comedic projects. “I was typecast for a long time,” she admitted. “My entire life I wanted to do comedy, but people wouldn’t give me those kinds of roles. I couldn’t land a part until I met Adam Sandler, who cast me in a comedy [2010’s Grown Ups], but I was already in my forties! They said, ‘You’re too sexy to be funny.’ In the ’90s, it was as if you weren’t allowed to be smart or funny if you were considered attractive.”

Despite the obstacles she faced, Hayek never gave up on her dreams and continued to pursue a wide range of genres. “I was sad at the time,” she reflected, “but now here I am doing every genre, in a time in my life where they told me I would have expired—that the last 20 years I would have been out of business. So I’m not sad, I’m not angry; I’m laughing,” she declared, despite her somewhat serious expression during the interview. “I’m laughing, girl.”

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