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Salma Hayek has a very important piece of advice for young women and girls: Stand out, do not blend in.

Hayek, who has an 8-year-old daughter, wants the future generations of women to grow up knowing that it’s important to show your uniqueness and quirks instead of hiding your shortcomings and imperfections.

At Variety’s Power of Women Luncheon in Beverly Hills, California last month, Hayek said, “The most important thing to say to the girls is to not try to be like the other girls… Not to try to fit in, but to try to really be profound thinkers that are excited about their differences and explore what they are and who they are and what can come out of the new.”

Hayek has also commented on the wage inequality of women, stating, “Women represent 50 percent of the population of the world, but even with all of the lack of opportunities, education and all the limitations that come our way, we are 66 percent of the work power of the world. However, we only get 10 percent of the income of the world.”

Even so, she has expressed her hopefulness for change in this next generation of young people, asserting, “I’m feeling very confident that we are the generation that is going to experience the difference, the transformation… We are such an economical power, women, in the country, and we represent such a strong part of the audience that they cannot ignore us anymore.”

Hayek has advocated for women, especially in the entertainment industry. She pushed for the hit TV show Ugly Betty to be green lighted and referenced statistics on Latino audiences to support her reasoning.

While Hayek works towards educating those about the hardships and inequalities women go through across the country, she is hopeful. In fact, she sees the state of women in society now as “exciting” and in the process of redefinition.

Hayek leaves us with a statement of hope and courage that all women can relate to and turn to in times of trouble, “I get disheartened and I think the world is in a really bad state, but I look for strength. I look for hope so that I can continue to fight, and what gives me hope is that in a world that is coming apart, women are coming together.”