‘We never lie to each other,’ said Salma

Salma Hayek dripped with old Hollywood glamour in a plunging Gucci gown as she starred on her latest magazine cover.

The 57-year-old, who grew up in Mexico but is half-Lebanese on her father's side, has fronted the latest issue of Vogue Arabia.

She shot three different cover images for the publication, once again proving her status as a high-octane style icon and international bombshell. 

In one of the snaps, she teamed her busty Gucci frock with a dazzling Boucheron diamond necklace, as well as an extravagant ring from the same brand.

Her sumptuous mane of jet-black hair was blown back, billowing dramatically as the Frida star shot the camera a beguiling stare. 

Salma Hayek dripped with old Hollywood glamour in a plunging Gucci gown as she starred on her latest magazine cover for Vogue Arabia

Salma Hayek dripped with old Hollywood glamour in a plunging Gucci gown as she starred on her latest magazine cover for Vogue Arabia

Salma also served up a generous helping of cleavage in a strapless black leather dress that was splashed with a massive rose design

Salma also served up a generous helping of cleavage in a strapless black leather dress that was splashed with a massive rose design

In another one of her cover images, Salma showed off her statuesque hourglass figure in a clinging Balenciaga gown covered in scarlet sequins

In another one of her cover images, Salma showed off her statuesque hourglass figure in a clinging Balenciaga gown covered in scarlet sequins

In another one of her cover images, Salma showed off her hourglass figure in a clinging Balenciaga gown covered in scarlet sequins.

She also served up a generous helping of cleavage in a strapless black leather dress that was splashed with a massive rose design.

Inside the magazine, she was interviewed by her longtime gal pal Penelope Cruz, whom she co-starred with in the 2006 comedy western Bandidas. 

The pair candidly revealed how they have preserved their close bond – despite sometimes being up for the same roles.

'We never lie to each other,' said Salma. 'When it came to work, we always told each other what we were doing. And we said: "OK, we want to get this movie, but if I’m not going to get it, I hope you do."'

Their generosity to each other 'allowed us to navigate the hypocrisy and fakeness of Hollywood. There were some projects that you wanted more than me and I wanted other ones more than you. We were able to negotiate it.' 

Penelope recalled: 'Do you remember when a producer told us both that we got the same part, but he didn’t know we were so close, and we were telling each other?'

'Of course,' said Salma. 'It was hard for people to understand how two women, who on the outside would look like competition, were so close. And we still are!'

Inside the magazine, she was interviewed by her longtime gal pal Penelope Cruz, whom she is pictured with at the 2000 Academy Awards

Inside the magazine, she was interviewed by her longtime gal pal Penelope Cruz, whom she is pictured with at the 2000 Academy Awards

Salma and Penelope are pictured mingling with Kristin Stewart in December at a luncheon thrown in honor of Penelope's new movie Ferrari

Salma and Penelope are pictured mingling with Kristin Stewart in December at a luncheon thrown in honor of Penelope's new movie Ferrari

She warmly told Penelope: 'I always call you to work on a character because there is no one else in the world that could understand me better.'

Salma reflected that she and Penelope 'have gone through different stages of life together. Dating, trying to have a career, dreaming together, falling in love, getting married, having children.' 

Penelope is married to her fellow Spanish film star Javier Bardem, while Salma's husband is the French tycoon François-Henri Pinault. 

'When I met François, you told me I sounded different when I talked about him,' Salma recalled to Penelope. 'And the same with Javier. I don’t know if I could call you anything other than family.'

The two actresses also looked back on a harrowing plane ride they endured together, fearing that they might crash and die.

Salma told Penelope: 'I always call you to work on a character because there is no one else in the world that could understand me better'; pictured at the 2009 Vanity Fair Oscar Party

Salma told Penelope: 'I always call you to work on a character because there is no one else in the world that could understand me better'; pictured at the 2009 Vanity Fair Oscar Party

The pair candidly revealed how they have preserved their close bond - despite sometimes being up for the same roles; pictured in 1999 at the premiere of the film Dogma

The pair candidly revealed how they have preserved their close bond – despite sometimes being up for the same roles; pictured in 1999 at the premiere of the film Dogma

As the pilot executed an emergency landing, Salma had to try and comfort Penelope, who was already afraid of flying. 

Penelope later told Salma: 'I thought maybe we were going to die. But we were going to die together. And we were going to be OK.'

Salma recalled to Penelope with a laugh: 'You’ve always had a fear of flying and you always give me instructions of what to do if you die in a crash!'

While they were over the Mexican countryside, a flight attendant emerged from the cockpit to retrieve an oxygen mask, and Salma knew the plane was in trouble.

'So, I took your hands and said to you that we’re going to be OK,' she said to Penelope. 'There is something wrong with the plane, but I need you to calm down.'

Salma told the Ferrari star that 'I was so proud of you because I could see you struggling to calm yourself down. We could do a whole movie about this!'

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