Salma Hayek Offers Words Of Wisdom to Young Women — 'Be Unique and Don't Blend In'

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Salma Hayek has some very important advice for young girls — which most certainly includes her eight-year-old daughter, Valentina — to stand out and not blend in.

"I think the voice of women can change the world, but we don't know our voice," Hayek told reporters Friday at Variety's Power of Women luncheon in Beverly Hill, California. “I think the most important thing to tell for the new generations is to have the courage to be unique, to be curious about who they are, instead of trying to blend in.”

The 49-year-old actress went on to encourage girls to be unique and find their strengths.

“The most important thing to say to the girls is to not try to be like the other girls,” said Hayek. “Not to try to fit in, but to try to really be profound thinkers that are excited about their differences and explore what they are and who they are and what can come out of the new.”

Hayek was honored at the luncheon for her work with the Chime for Change charity.

“I think the voice of women can change the world, but we don’t know our voice,” she said. “We’ve never really investigated. We’ve been too busy for many, many decades and generations, trying to operate within systems that were designed by men.

“I don’t think we really have tapped into our potential or our own creativity.”

In her acceptance speech at the luncheon, Hayek praised the accomplishments of Chime for Change, which is a social media-based campaign to raise awareness of women’s issues around the globe.

“In only two years – now I’m going to brag a little bit – we have directly benefitted the lives of 400,000 women,” she said. “We affected 3 million families and communities in two years.”

Like many other actresses of late, Hayek pointed out the discrepancy in pay for men and women.

“Women represent 50 percent of the population of the world, but even with all of the lack of opportunities, education and all the limitations that come our way, we are 66 percent of the work power of the world,” she said in her speech. “However, we only get 10 percent of the income of the world.

“[But] I’m feeling very confident that we are the generation that is going to experience the difference, the transformation … We are such an economical power, women, in the country, and we represent such a strong part of the audience that they cannot ignore us anymore.”

What do you think of Salma Hayek's advice? Wise words?

Pam Wright