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Salma Hayek in Our May Issue: "I Was Fat and Broken Out, I Couldn’t Leave the House and I Couldn’t Pay the Rent!"

photographed by Patrick Demarchelier

It's hard to imagine Salma Hayek, with her ample curves and glowing skin, looking anything but effortlessly gorgeous. However, at the start of her prolific career, the actress struggled with her appearance.

"I had acne. And this acne was so bad, it sent me into a severe, severe depression," our May cover girl told us. "Like I couldn’t leave the house. I’d wake up in the morning and lie there and touch my face before I got up, just to prepare myself to look in the mirror! The next stage with that sort of depression is food: too little, or too much. Guess what I did? I mean, I was fat and broken out, I couldn’t leave the house and I couldn’t pay the rent!"

Eventually, an Accutane prescription repaired the star's skin and the rest of her life looks just as clear and bright: she now happily lives in Paris with husband François-Henri Pinault and daughter Valentina where she juggles family life with acting and developing her beauty line, Nuance.

Click here to read more of Salma's beauty-related insights, stories and secrets in our full interview.

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