Salma Hayek says she once lived as an illegal immigrant in the United States and endured racial discrimination in Hollywood due to her Mexican heritage.  Hayek, who was born in Mexico, has since become a naturalized U.S. citizen.  She said her visa expired in 1991 after she moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting. Aside from “Frida”, Hayek has starred in movies such as “Desperado” and “Once Upon a Time in Mexico” However, the star stated that she had to withstand racial discrimination in Hollywood when she first started out. Since then, she claims that Hollywood has grown in terms of embracing the inclusion of Latinos in the world.  Read More.

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