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Salma fights for women's rights in D&G style

June 25, 2006
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For socially conscious stars like Salma Hayek, supporting good causes is often more important than the glitz and glamour that goes with life on the A-list. Mexico's favourite actress discovered that humanitarian work and high fashion can sometimes go hand-in-hand when she was honoured by Italian label Dolce & Gabbana, however.

The sultry actress took centre stage in Hollywood's Roosevelt Hotel when she was feted for her efforts to fight violence against women in her home country. Most fans know the diminutive performer only for her movie work, but in recent years her eponymous foundation has become one of the leading actors in the battle for women's rights in the Latin American country.

Some of the showbiz industry's biggest names, including Matt Dillon, Eva Longoria and Christina Millian, turned out to congratulate her on her achievements. And Salma is unlikely to forget the tribute she received from movie icon and veteran activist Jane Fonda. "I was just in Mexico with her - she's a real leader," affirmed the two-time Oscar winner. "She's been working hard and speaking out and has been very brave."

It came as small surprise to the glitterati when the woman at the centre of everyone's attention used her moment of glory to publicise the plight of abused women in the border town of Juarez. "It gives me an opportunity tonight to show a couple of videos that can show what is happening," she said. "We are demanding justice for these women - we are not going to look the other way."

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The Mexican actress was no doubt delighted with the praise she received from veteran activist Jane Fonda. "She's a real leader," said the two-time Oscar winnerPhoto: Rex
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Salma wasn't the only Latin bombshell in attendance, as Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria was on hand to congratulate herPhoto: Rex