Salma Hayek

Hayek in 2010, Featureflash /

Birth Name: Salma Hayek Jiménez

Place of Birth: Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz, Mexico

Date of Birth: September 2, 1966

*father – Lebanese
*mother – Mexican [Spanish, possibly other]

Salma Hayek, also credited by her married name Salma Hayek Pinault, is a Mexican and American actress, director, producer, and model.

Salma was born in Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz, Mexico. Her father, Sami Hayek Dominguez, a businessperson, is of Lebanese descent. Her mother, Diana Jiménez Medina, an opera singer, is from a family from Oaxaca, Mexico. On Inside the Actors Studio (2004), Salma stated that her mother has Spanish ancestry.

The name Salma is Arabic for “calm” or “peace.” Her surname, Hayek, is a common Lebanese surname. Salma is fluent in both English and Spanish, and has starred in English- and Spanish-language films.

Salma is married to French businessperson François-Henri Pinault, with whom she has a daughter.

Salma’s paternal grandfather was Elias Hayek Labahi (the son of Amado Hayek and Aurora Labahi). Elias was born in Mexico City, to Lebanese parents, from Baabda, Mount Lebanon. Amado was the son of Jorge Hayek and Anastasia. Aurora was the daughter of José Labahi and Juana.

Salma’s paternal grandmother was Adela Domínguez Marún (the daughter of Nayib Hid, later Narciso Dominguez Marún, and of Nesnefer, later Isabel, Marún Fons/Fonos). Adela was born in Mamantel, Campeche, Mexico, to Lebanese parents. Nayib was the son of Juan Domínguez and Mantura Marún. Isabel was the daughter of Rumanos Marún and Catalina Fons/Fonos.

Salma’s maternal grandfather was surnamed Jiménez.

Salma’s maternal grandmother was named Maria Luisa Lopez.

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Hayek with husband François-Henri Pinault, in 2013, photo by

Source: Genealogy of Salma Hayek (focusing on her father’s side) –


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410 Responses

  1. midori29 says:

    Not to mention Salma Hayek straightens her hair. Her real hair is not straight, it is spiral ringlet big and curly naturally. You can see her in this picture. Whomever wrote the article , she does not have a curly perm like the author suggests that’s her naturally curly hair. She has Mariah Carey type hair and is good friends with Halle Berry.

  2. adoon12 says:

    wow I didn’t know she was an arab

  3. andrew says:

    his father is a Maronite Christian, a minorance in a Muslim country. This is an important detail.
    She was raised Catholic btw

  4. nnnnn says:

    So,she’s half-libanese. I always wondered, why a “latina woman” has a name “Salma Hayek”. The same as
    “La Shakira”(D). obviously, to be a “latin” brings more success in
    show-bisuness as to be a libanese

    • Raggy Bitt says:

      Man some of you in this thread are either trolls, or idiots, or racists or someone really really lied to you. For one long period of time!
      So Salma’s Spanish half doesn’t matter anymore? Shakira’s doesn’t matter anymore?
      They’re half latin born in latin countries! What on earth are you talking about?

  5. julieanna says:

    I’ve seen Salma Hayek in many interviews. She says that she is half Mexican and that she identifies with her Mexican side more than Lebanese side. I love her — she is a class act.

    • midori29 says:

      Actually this article says Salma hayek is not Mexican at all her dad is actually Arab and her mother is white/black/Indian from New Orleans there is no Mexican in her. Even though Mexicans are actually white/black/Indian peoples themselves too. But her identifying as Mexican helps her latina false image in Hollywood.

      • andrew says:

        actually the majority (>50%) of Mexican population is mestizo (white and amerindian), then there are a significant proportion of ppl of only Caucasian stock. Black element is not so relevant in Mexican demography

        • midori29 says:

          Thats definitely NOT TRUE the majority of Mexicans have African blood, they are a triracial people. Its not just white and Indian, its white, indian and African.

          Google Mexicans like Eva Langoria and George Lopez, they both have African dna , they did test. There were ALOT of Africans living all over Mexico.

          • andrew says:

            bullshit. Mexicans are mestizo, mostly, then Europeans. I don’t buy those dna tests

        • Raggy Bitt says:

          Mestizo doesn’t mean white/native. It means spanish/native. And I really hope you’re not one of those American idiots who thinks european = white.
          Mediterranean europeans are not white and look nothing like white people. In fact you can’t make the difference between most Mediterraneans and mestizos.

        • Raggy Bitt says:

          And not only that but the Spanish are heavily mixed with “marginalized minorities” like the muslim north africans who colonized that region, enslaved and raped their people.

      • midori29 says:

        Hispanics have alot of African blood. All the Spanish islands and South American hispanics, ie. Venezuelans have African dna too.

      • fuzzybear44 says:


        (I don’t buy those dna tests)

        Why would every DNA expert lie about the results?Even the mexican DNA experts are saying the same thing.Your mexican museums are showing the caste system,and all the mixtures,and you still deny it?

      • fuzzybear44 says:


        Do me a favor,and tell me where her maternal grandparents were born

        • fuzzybear44 says:


          Then how do you know That what’s in the article about her being a creole is a fraud?See I brought this up myself once before.I know that a good amount of creoles migrated into mexico,and have Spanish surnames now(especially in places like Coatzacoalcos)

        • fuzzybear44 says:


          (How do they know what they know?)

          Well it could be from a family members,or someone who knew the family.However the point I wanted to make,was that you used the word (Fraud).This gives the impression,that you knew it was an out right lie,instead of just an unproven claim.

        • fuzzybear44 says:


          Alright about the butt thing,their basing it on the stereotype.however I look at the article myself,and I do know through my own research ,that the information on creoles in mexico is true.Now whether Salma’s mom is one or not,I don’t know.Even you said yourself,that you had no idea where her maternal grandparents were born,so they very well could have been creoles.So it’s more of an unproven theory,than a out right fraud.

        • fuzzybear44 says:


          You can be of spanish descent,and be creole.I’m creole and I’m of Spanish descent as well as french

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