Actress Salma Hayek has posed topless for the latest issue of Allure magazine, in a beautiful black and white photograph which she described as ‘exciting’. The 48 year old currently stars in new animated movie Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet and also appears on the magainze’s cover for this month.

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Speaking to E! about the picture, which shows the actress covering her breasts with her hands, Hayek said, "I thought my hands were bigger. They’re big, but not big enough to cover my breasts. They did cover enough but in my head they were covering more.”

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The 48 year old also explained that she feels a freedom when stripping down for the cameras. "It's important to be free…and at my age it's exciting to still be able to take a photograph like that," she added.

Inside the magazine Salma dishes on the worst beauty advice she’s ever received. ”'You should start Botox.' When I was young, they tried to sell me on the idea: 'If you do it now, then you won't get the wrinkles,'" Hayek, said. "And thank God I didn't do that.”

As to where her confidence comes from, a lot of it has to do with her French billionaire husband Francois-Henri Pinault, ”I wish I knew [when I was younger] that I was going to fall crazy in love with the perfect man," she said. "I was so worried, and I dated some people I shouldn't have dated. You get desperate, and you start seeing wonderful things in, like, the wrong guys.”

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"I also found some pretty good guys. But I wish I could say to myself, 'Hey, chill out. You're going to get a great husband that's going to adore you,’” she added. “I would have saved myself a lot of personal drama."