Salma Hayek struggled to find an outfit to host the Oscars in 1997.

Salma Hayek

Salma Hayek

The 'From Dusk till Dawn' star has recalled how she found it difficult to get a dress for her hosting duties at the Academy Awards and she is grateful to Signor Armani for dressing her in a beautiful white shimmery gown.

Speaking about her outfit struggle, she said: "At the time, not many people wanted to dress me because I wasn't well known."

Salma also put her own personal spin on the outfit, deciding to wear a tiara, which she believes started a big trend in Hollywood.

She added: "I decided I wanted to wear a tiara. Everyone told me I was crazy and that it would be ridiculous, it would be pretentious, and everyone tried to convince me, like my manager, my stylist, and my publicist. I wore the tiara anyways, and you know what happened? Everybody started wearing a tiara after that. I never got credit for that trend!"

Salma also recalled how she shunned red carpet tradition at the MTV Music Video Awards in 1998, when she applied a number of butterfly temporary tattoos to complete her look.

She shared: "I thought butterflies would be nice. It was my design to make the dress more interesting. They were really hard to come across. I might have painted them, because stickers weren't probably existing at the time."

And the 53-year-old actress struggled to afford outfits when she was first starting out, as designers wanted her to purchase not loan the gowns.

She told Vogue magazine: "In the beginning of my career, I struggled getting clothes and I couldn't afford it. The other girls were getting people to lend them clothes but nobody thought a Mexican was going to stick around so why give them a dress? Things have changed since."


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