All About Salma Hayek’s Daughter Valentina Paloma Pinault

Salma Hayek’s daughter really is her mini-me, from her love of vintage purses to her sense of humor.

After meeting in 2006, Hayek and French businessman François-Henri Pinault welcomed their daughter Valentina Paloma Pinault in 2007. The couple married on Valentine’s Day 2009 in a civil ceremony at City Hall in Paris’ 6th arrondissement, before celebrating with friends and family at a lavish wedding in Venice, Italy, in April of that year. Valentina was a flower girl.

In a 2008 interview with People En Espanolthe House Gucci The actress opened up about how the past six months had been since becoming a mom to Valentina. “I only have one daughter and that was … the most incredible experience I’ve had in my life and I’ve done a lot,” she said. “I’m sure there are a lot of women who say, ‘God, what a wonderful life, she can do this or that.’ But I haven’t done anything more incredible than having a child.”

In March 2022, Valentina accompanied her mother to the Balenciaga show during Paris Fashion Week. While Valentina has done her fair share of red carpet appearances in support of her mom, Hayek largely refrains from sharing them on social media. However, the proud mother made an exception for her daughter’s 15th birthday on September 21, 2022.

The actress shared a series of videos and photos (one of which was taken by Blake Lively!) on Instagram to mark the big day.

Captioning the post in Spanish, she wrote, “Happy 15 years to my beloved.”

“Valentina, you are my life and soul,” Hayek continued. “Thank you for illuminating our lives with the power of your beautiful spirit. It’s a privilege to be your mother. I love you with all my heart.”

Here’s everything you need to know about Salma Hayek’s daughter.

She was born in September 2007

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Hayek and Pinault welcomed daughter Valentina Paloma Pinault in September 2007 after a year of dating, according to a Hayek representative at the time. It was reported that Valentina was born in Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles and Hayek’s mother and brother were also there to celebrate their sweet arrival.

In 2015, Hayek told PEOPLE that there was a time when she didn’t think she was going to be a mother because of her age. “I had my child so late in life. I thought I couldn’t and it was such an important thing for me,” Hayek revealed. The actress was 41 years old at the time of Valentina’s birth.

After Valentina’s arrival, Hayek retired from acting, but returning to work was as much about Valentina as she was. “It’s important for your kids to understand that they are the most important thing, but it’s not just about them,” she told PEOPLE. “You give a sign that you are also a person of your own and need to continue to grow in the area in which you work.”

She and Hayek graced the cover of Vogue Mexico‘s May 2022 issue together

At just 14, Valentina had already landed a magazine cover story in her portfolio. The aspiring actress posed alongside Mexican-born Hayek for a beautiful mother-daughter photoshoot Vogue MexicoMay 2022 issue. The two were photographed in different locations and in different outfits, including one shot where they donned matching striped t-shirts and jackets.

In her interview, Valentina revealed that she hopes to have a career similar to her mother’s. “I want different things but I almost always range between 4, I want to be an actress and then a director because that makes sense in my head,” she said, translated into English. “Also, I think it must be harder to be a director if you don’t have experience on the other side of the screen, that might help directing.”

She is a strict film critic

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during promotion eternal on The Ellen DeGeneres Show In 2021, Hayek revealed that she was a little “scared” about bringing Valentina as her plus one eternal Premiere because she can be a harsh critic. “I have to tell you, she’s very tough. I was afraid to take her,” Hayek told DeGeneres. “She’s been watching movies everywhere she goes, ‘My God, that was awful. Mom, what were you thinking?’ So I was so scared.”

Valentina gave her mother and eternal her stamp of approval from the audience: “It was fun. It was a good film.”

She is her mother’s biggest fan

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She may be a harsh critic, but Valentina is her mother’s biggest cheerleader. From red carpet premieres to career milestones, she has been by Hayek’s side. At Hayek’s Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony in November 2021, Valentina championed her mother’s accomplishments during an on-air interview for Univision El Gordo and la Flaca. “I like that everyone will see her here,” she said, translated into English.

She is passionate about photography

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During a game of “What’s in my bag?” With Vogue Mexico, Valentina showed her vintage camera and at the same time talked about her passion for photography. “I take photos of my friends with disposable cameras,” she said in the video, adding that she takes photography classes at school.

“I like her photos very much. She always has an interesting point of view,” Hayek interjected. She also noted that Valentina has a penchant for vintage items, including purses – Hayek teased that she’s missing a handbag, which looks a lot like Valentina has been at for quite some time. “She loves photography and loves anything vintage,” she said, eyeing the bag sideways.

She loves experimenting with perfumes and makeup

According to her, Valentina is also very fond of make-up and perfume Vogue Mexico Video. She carries at least three different scents in her bag at all times, each of which is for specific occasions (including when she goes “out of the ordinary” with her parents). Her most prized perfume is Misia by Chanel. “I bought it with my pocket money,” Valentino said, beaming. “If I go somewhere fancier, I wear this…I love it.”

She also loves to experiment with different makeup products and trends. “I love makeup, I have a lot of it, but I don’t do it to be very pretty or because I want to cover up imperfections,” she told the publication. “Sometimes I don’t want to put concealer on because I think dark circles add something else. I like to wear makeup in many colors and, I don’t know, I like to explore it.”

Two things you will never find Valentina without? Lip makeup and an eyelash curler. “It doesn’t matter where I am,” she said, holding up the eyelash curler, “it’s old and this one’s the only one!”

She is trilingual

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Raised in a trilingual household – Hayek was born in Mexico and Pinault in France – Valentina spoke French, Spanish and English with her family. Back in 2010, Pinault teased that Valentina’s French language skills rubbed off on Hayek as well. “It’s amazing how quickly it’s coming,” Pinault previously told PEOPLE. “She teaches her mother French.”

Her celebrity music crush is Kanye West

Valentina takes her relationship with music very seriously. She prefers the original iPhone headphones to AirPods and has a prayer candle with a picture of Lana Del Rey’s face on it. Her music favorites include Fleetwood Mac and Stevie Nicks, but her music crush is Kanye West. she said Vogue Mexico all about the memorable first impression she made when she first met him.

“The first thing I said wasn’t ‘I love your music, love your style,’ no!” recalls Valentina. She asked the rapper, “Do you want Starbucks?”

“Yes, because they wanted to go to Starbucks to buy…” Hayek began to add before stopping with laughter. Valentine shook his head and quipped, “I always do that.”

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