Self-proclaimed `short and chubby` Salma Hayek astounded by successful career

Updated: Oct 04, 2012, 17:21 PM IST

London: Salma Hayek claims it is a "miracle" she has a career despite being "dyslexic, short and chubby".

The 46-year-old actress has been a Hollywood staple for more than fifteen years since finding fame in the 1995 film, Desperado and has appeared in a series of hit movies, most recently Oliver Stone`s Savages.

Salma feels lucky to have enjoyed such success in Hollywood, insisting the odds have always been against her.

In an interview with Harper’s Bazaar, she attributes her success to luck and appears to be one of the few stars to acknowledge how difficult it is to carry on working in Hollywood once you get to a certain age.

“The worst thing you can be in Hollywood is a woman and over 40. On top of that, I have an accent, am dyslexic, short and chubby. You name it I have it, but I am here. I must be the luckiest girl in the world to be working,” the Daily Mail quoted her as saying in the magazine.

And in an industry saturated with women who refuse to eat, Miss Hayek admits with refreshing honesty that she enjoys her life too much to waste time dieting.

“I am on the limit of chubbiness because I love my food and my wine. It’s not the best for fashion, but it’s good for my mood. I am happy because I eat. I am 46; I will not have Botox.

“You know why (I don’t need to do it)? Because I eat! I eat the fat, I eat the vegetables, I eat everything. If you exercise too much and you don’t eat enough, it takes its toll on the skin. Everything starts ageing. If you don’t eat carbs, you slow your metabolism down. And you know what? You look miserable.

“The truth is I just don’t have the drive to be the prettiest and the thinnest. I can be happy for other people for their beauty. Learn to be happy for others and you can never run out of happiness,” she added.