Salma Hayek has taken credit for kickstarting the trend for tiaras in the 1990s.
In a new video for Vogue titled Life in Looks, the Frida actress reflected on some of her most iconic red carpet outfits from the past two decades, and paid special attention to the white sequin Giorgio Armani dress she selected for when she served as a presenter at the 1997 Academy Awards.
But while she loved the gown, Salma is glad she stuck to her guns when it came to her choice of hair accessory.
“It’s a very simple dress. At that time not many people wanted to dress me ‘cause I was not that well known. I’m very grateful to Mr. Armani for supporting me at the beginning of my career. I have to say, I decided I wanted to wear a tiara,” she smiled. “And everybody told me I was crazy, and it was ridiculous, and it was going to be pretentious. Everybody tried to convince me not to do it, like my manager, my stylist, my publicist. And I wore the tiara anyway. And you know what happened, everybody started wearing a tiara after that and I never got credit for that trend. It’s O.K., I know (it was my idea).”
Elsewhere in the clip, Salma assessed some of her other bold fashion choices from the time period, including her decision to have butterfly motifs painted on her arms and shoulders for the 1998 MTV Video Music Awards and her idea to wear a light blue skirt and fluffy cardigan with no shirt underneath to the premiere of My Life So Far at the Cannes Film Festival the following year. And while she has no regrets over her ensembles, the brunette beauty noted that she had to get creative at the time as there were few designers willing to lend her garments.
“A lot of these looks, it was just my creativity. Trying to (navigate) the fact that I didn’t have a lot of resources. And I’m very proud that it was my imagination that made me create these looks,” the 53-year-old added.