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Marie Claire Puts Salma Hayek To Work

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"One of Hollywood's unlikeliest moguls" Salma Hayek is all business on the May cover of Marie Claire @Work.

For her cover and spread, the 45 year old posed posed in a cosmetics lab (in Alexander McQueen no less) to show she's really involved in the production of her affordable CVS beauty line Nuance.

Despite the odd backdrop, Salma does have some great things to say about being a business woman, love and acting.

Here are some HIGHlights:

On people who have a hard time accepting her as a businesswoman:

"Because I have a background in a different field, it can be hard to negotiate and make a good deal for myself. People always underestimate me. But if you stick around long enough, act out of conviction, and try to be honorable in everything you do, good things will come to you. I have seen karma work in this business."

On her husband, French retail magnate, Francois-Henri Pinault:

"He’s the best thing that ever happened to me and my work. I was trying to figure out how to have a child on my own. I came to terms with saying, ‘[Love] might not happen, and I have to be OK with that.’ Then someone came along whom I never would have pictured or thought I would have wanted; he was completely out of my box. Even though I was not looking, I was present and I was open. I am the luckiest person I know."

On acting not being everything to her:

"What once was an expression of who I was – acting – also became my hiding place. But now I don’t depend on it so much for my happiness or my identity. And since it’s not my priority, I am doing the best work I’ve ever done."

Salma's one smart lady!

Be sure to check out two more shots from her spread in the gallery (below)!

[Images courtesy of Marie Claire @Work.]

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