Salma ‘s bikini is an iconic piece of the ’90s look, but how did it come to be a bikini beach?
Well, the answer is an unusual story that started in 2001.
It all began with a question posed to Hayek by her boyfriend, actor Matt Damon.
The question was: ‘How do you get your hair done?’, and the actor replied: ‘It’s hard, I’m not used to it, but I’m a makeup artist, I like doing it’.
The couple went to a salon, where she learned that they could achieve the look by applying a special gel cream that helped their hair to stay longer and thicker.
The couple’s daughter, Lauren, had to learn how to do the same to help out her mum.
‘I started learning from her, but my mum’s very gentle and very gentle at work and she didn’t like it.
It took a lot of time to learn and she’s very understanding,’ Lauren says.
‘When she was at work, she would take me aside and say: ‘Don’t you ever put your hair out’.’
I was really frustrated.
I’d just had my hair done in a very bad way, and now it was getting worse.’
Lauren recalls that Hayek would make a point of showing her the gel cream.
‘It was so weird.
I thought, why would you give me this gel cream?
It’s not like I’m wearing anything!
It’s just gel cream.’
The answer was obvious.
‘You need to do your hair.
If you’re not in a bikini, you don’t need a gel cream,’ Lauren said.
‘The only reason you can do your own hair is if you’re really, really, in the mood for it, and that’s not something you can just put your head and shoulders out there.’
Lauren, then 18, went to the salon and learned that gel cream was also a necessity for hair restoration.
‘A gel cream is not an eye cream,’ she says.
But when she was doing it, Lauren could only see her own reflection in the gel.
‘That’s the only thing that’s really important to me.
I had to make sure it was my reflection in it.’
The gel cream came to be known as the ‘Bikini Gels’, which was a name Lauren picked up as a result of this experience.
It was an instant hit.
Lauren became the face of the gel and by 2003, she had her own line.
Lauren is now a world renowned makeup artist and has been a model for a number of magazines.
She’s also a star in her own right and is currently the face in her latest film, Salma, starring her as a teenage Salma and her younger sister, Salima.’
I feel like I had my life planned out from the start.
When you go into a new place, it can be a little bit overwhelming,’ Lauren explains.
‘But it’s really exciting, because I feel like this is where I belong.
I want to show people how much I love it and how much my life is made up of me, my family, my friends and my life.
I’m really excited to be able to tell this story.’
The story of the bikini is a classic example of the beauty industry’s push to make women look glamorous and trendy, but the story also includes a few surprising twists.
Lauren explains that the idea for the gel came from her mother.
‘She would get up and tell me, “Don’t ever put any makeup on.
It’s too dangerous”.’
But my mum always says: “You don’t have to put makeup on your face.
It doesn’t matter what you put on your head”.’
It was a weird time for Salma.
She was doing her hair at home and my mum had her hair done at home too, so when she would come home from work she’d go to the bathroom and put makeup there, and then when she got home she would put makeup in her hair and her hair would come out.
But she wouldn’t wear makeup.
I was just a little girl, I had no idea.’
The family was always really close, Lauren explains, and the family’s love of their daughter led to Salma being adopted from an orphanage.
‘Salma is a really special girl, she’s the most beautiful girl I’ve ever met,’ Lauren adds.
‘They had a huge support system.
They were really proud of her.
They had a big heart.
They didn’t want her to be an outcast.’
Laurene says her father is an avid model, but she says that she has always wanted to work in the industry.
‘If I had been born in the 70s, I would’ve been in a modelling agency, which would have been something I wanted to do,’ she adds.’
It’s been a lot for me, and it’s not just because