Salma Hayek is on the cover of the latest “Latina” issue, and in the interview, she’s opening up about being Latina, her marriage, and her family.

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On her father imparting good values on her: “My father was very strict about me and my brother treating everyone the same. We’re not racist. We’re not classist. We all have problems. No one’s perfect — we all have our challenges.”

On why her marriage to businessman Francois-Henri Pinault is strong: “I still have my independence. But he likes it. I have my problems, and I don’t have to dump them on him. I take care of them on my own.”

On whether she considers herself an advocate for Latino issues: “I don’t want to be labeled by my own people. That’s not all who I am. I am Latina. I am Mexican. I am proud of those things. I am American. I care for the United States. I care for Mexico, but I also care for the rest of the world. And I think that makes me a better person. I think of myself first as a human being. A lot of things that come from my Latino background have helped me improve myself as a human being.”

On how her background defines her differently in the US and Mexico: “It’s funny because in Mexico I was not seen as a Latina. I was seen as Lebanese. And then I came here and they said, ‘She’s Latina. She’s a Mexican.’ And I said, ‘Oh, okay, now I’m a Mexican.’”

On being Latina and proud: “I don’t try to minimize my Latina-ness. I expose it with joy and pride…And the reason that I don’t try to compress or hide it is because I love it.”

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