2000s Fashion: Salma Hayek’s Iconic Red Carpet Dresses & Y2K Outfits


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Before moving to Los Angeles to pursue a Hollywood film career, Salma Hayek was a star in her native Mexico, famous for starring in the hit telenovela. Therese in the late 80s. In the late 90s, she made her breakthrough in Hollywood with a series of cult films (From dusk till dawn, Desperado) and romantic comedies (The fools rush), which in turn resulted in an Oscar nominee as Frida Kahlo in the artist’s eponymous biopic. Both an actress and film producer, Salma became one of the first Latin actresses to establish a successful film career in the United States. with Frida, she became the very first Latina actress to be nominated for an Oscar. Salma also appeared around the turn of the millennium. And as such, some of her most iconic looks take the best of Y2K fashion – with a Salma twist, of course. Wearing chain mail handbags, dazzling barrettes, diamond necklaces and even temporary tattoos, the actress was the main red carpet props at the time. Here, we showcase Salma’s style (and her best accessories) through a selection of her most iconic outfits.

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At the premiere of Lethal Weapon 4, 1998

In the mid-90s, Salma made her Hollywood breakthrough in Robert Rodriguez’s neo-western Desperado, with alongside Antonio Banderas. In 1996, she collaborated with the cult filmmaker again, with a small (but memorable) role in the action-horror written by Tarantino. From dusk till dawn. Here, two years later, Salma attends the Hollywood premiere of Lethal weapon 4 wearing Hervé Leger’s favorite bandage dress in a soft lilac hue. She accessorized the look with some of the favorite – and most needed – accessories of the era: a diamond choker, a dazzling hair clip, a beaded mini bag, and metallic sandals.

Salma Hayek posing on the red carpet at the premiere of The Wild West in an ornate pink dress and corset from 1999

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At the premiere of Wild Wild West, 1999

1999 was a huge year for Salma. Following the success of her two collaborations with Rodriguez, the actress starred alongside Will Smith in a bigger budget steampunk western. Wild Wild West and in the hit film by Kevin Smith Dogma. In the first, Salma plays the 19th century heroine Rita Escobar. At the film’s Hollywood premiere, the actress paid homage to the perpetual corset figure, wearing a corset as an accessory with a matching chiffon dress.

salma hayek posing on the vmas red carpet in a black tube dress and butterfly tattoos 1999

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At the MTV VMA, 1999

Over the years, the MTV VMA red carpet has witnessed some of the most memorable and outrageous looks in pop culture. In honor of the 1999 edition of the event, Salma experimented with her accessories, venturing beyond her favorite necklaces and barrettes into the realm of body art. On the mat, she paired a clean jersey tube dress and little black sandals with a set of very spinning millennium butterfly tattoos.

Salma Hayek walking the red carpet in lace up pants and a 2000s tie top at a 1999 film premiere

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At the premiere of Eyes Wide Shut, 1999

That same year, Salma stopped by the Hollywood premiere of Eyes wide closed wearing one of her most typical Y2K outfits. A likely moodboard favorite of some of today’s biggest comeback brands, the look consisted of some of the most defining trends of the era , from lace-up leather and tie crop tops to cork-soled platforms and beaded collars.

Salma Hayek posing on the red carpet in a fluffy cardigan and long skirt amfar 1999 gala

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At the amfAR gala, 1999

By the turn of the millennium, Salma had locked the red carpet choker. At the amfAR gala in 1999, the actress wore a vintage-inspired sapphire and diamond iteration of the ubiquitous’ 90s style. She paired the necklace with three other favorite styles of the decade: the fluffy cardigan, the skirt long satin and chain mail handbag.

Salma Hayek posing on the red carpet in a two piece 14th Annual Moving Picture Ball 1999

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At the 14th Annual Motion Picture Ball, 1999

From tie-front tops and leather stockings to fluffy cardigans and satin maxi shirts, Salma loved both pieces of the red carpet. For the 1999 annual Moving Picture Ball, the actress wore one of her favorite take on the outfit: a sequined crop top and sheer skirt paired with her sturdy pashmina.

salma hayek posing on the red carpet in a plunging pink dress at the frida 2002 premiere

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At the premiere of Frida, 2002

In 2002, Salma both co-produced and starred in Frida, a biopic on the professional and private life of artist Frida Kahlo. She won an Oscar nomination for her film role, making her the first Latin actress to win an Oscar name. At the film’s Los Angeles premiere, the actress went back to basics, wearing the same style of plunging gown that she wore at the start of her Hollywood career, say at premieres of. Desperado Where The fools rush. Of course, in Salma fashion, the actress paired the look with an elegant iteration of her early career barrettes – and a sheer shawl for good measure. A perfectly accessorized look for the queen of 2000 red carpet accessories.

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