Salma Hayek: 10 Women Who Changed My Life

"Prophet" star Salma Hayek talks about her heroes and shares who inspires her most.

1. Malala Yousafzai, Nobel Peace Prize winner
My daughter, Valentina, and I saw Malala on television, and I said, "Listen to her speak, baby. You have to always be appreciative of your education." Malala gives children a window to understand inequality.

2. Julie Taymor, Director
I couldn't find the right director for "Frida" — then I met Julie; we talked for four hours, and I knew she was perfect. She should have gotten nominated for an Oscar. She completely changed my life.

3. Mother Teresa
When I was 30, a friend and I went to Calcutta to volunteer with her. I worked in three different hospices, and you cannot imagine the conditions. She gave these people food and a bed. She provided dignity within the horror.

4. Evelyn O'Neill, My manager
Evelyn also represents Julianne Moore, and I'll tell you what: We're both way over 40 and, baby, we've never worked more. That's because there's a woman behind us who is determined to change Hollywood.

5. Marie Curie, Nobel Prize winner for physics and chemistry
She was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, but she had to share it with her husband, so then she won another one all on her own. Imagine how good she had to be to do that in the early 1900s!

6. Eve Ensler, Playwright
Eve's taught me how to be a better advocate through causes like V-Day, her campaign to stop violence against women. She respects me intellectually, and she also helps me with my terrible stage fright.

7. Arianna Huffington, Cofounder of The Huffington Post
Arianna represents the immigrant's story: She's Greek, came to America, and became one of the important voices in this country. And she is so fierce in her support of women.

8. Stella McCartney, Designer
We met a long time ago. I can't even remember when! But she's an incredible mother and businesswoman, and I can go to her with anything — like, oh my God, I need a pediatrician. Even for decorating, you go to Stella.

9. Kamila Gibran, Mother of author Kahlil Gibran
She moved from Lebanon to the United States by herself, with four children, in 1895. And then one of her sons wrote "The Prophet," a book that has influenced so many lives. To me, it symbolizes how important it is to help women, because the future of new generations is in their hands.

10. Patricia Osorio, My oldest friend
I am terrible at returning phone calls and emails or staying in contact. But she taught me that you have to. And she's never been impressed with my fame. She's never wanted to go to the parties. She's always been my friend.

Hayek is also the producer of "The Prophet," which comes out August 7.

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