See A Gorgeous Penelope Cruz Hang Out With Salma Hayek

Penelope Cruz and Salma Hayek posted pictures of themselves preparing for this year's Met Gala.

By Kevin C. Neece | Updated

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Salma Hayek recently posted photos to Instagram of herself and Pirates of the Caribbean star Penelope Cruz getting ready together on the morning of the Met Gala. The gala itself, of course, is one of the highest-fashion events in the world, with guests often arriving in extreme and over-the-top looks. So it was lovely to see these two close friends hanging out together in jeans and pajamas, enjoying a spa day in preparation for the event.

Well, it was really Salma Hayek getting pampered, as Penelope Cruz seemed to be hanging out, supporting her friend, and generally having a good time. Hayek joked at her own expense in her post that some people, like herself, had to work hard to get themselves ready for the Met Gala while others, like Cruz, “just wake up gorgeous.” For her preparation, Hayek enjoyed a facial mask treatment and massage, during which Cruz chatted and laughed with her, while photos were snapped for social media.

There are also some sweet photos in the post of Salma Hayek in pajamas with a leg wrapped around Penelope Cruz as the two cuddle in an adorable pose that shows their affection for one another. They can also be seen lying together on a long chaise lounge, laughing and smiling. Their connection is clear throughout the photo series, showing care and comfortability that makes us want to go grab our bestie for a hug.

Of course, both Salma Hayek and Penelope Cruz are inspirations to many Latinx actors who have followed the trails they blazed. As shared by Hola!, at the gala, Hayek posted photos with such younger Latinas as Anitta, Maluma, and Jenna Ortega. Ortega’s star continues to rise, not only making waves as Wednesday Addams but also starring in and producing a new Netflix heist series.

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Of course, Salma Hayek and Penelope Cruz were also a stunning part of the Met Gala’s fashion explosion. Though they did some preparation for the evening in tandem, they attended separately, each making her own outstanding mark. Hayek appeared in a form-fitting red dress with a dramatic skirt and shiny, pearl-adorned bodice that reminded us a bit of the black corset look Cruz rocked recently in Madrid.

Penelope Cruz went in the other direction from the poured-on look Salma Hayek wore with a vintage, jewel-studded gown from Chanel. The dress looked ready for a wedding with a gossamer veil and fluffy, floor-length skirt. Whether they worked at it or woke up like that, the friends both looked amazing, before and during the glitzy event.

While Salma Hayek and Penelope Cruz are both huge stars who know how to wow in high fashion and look incredible on a red carpet, it was refreshing to see the two of them as friends hanging out together. Sure, they were hanging out in preparation for an exclusive, world-famous celebrity event, but their affection and joy in these photos make them both feel accessible and human. The world can always use more friendship between women and between people everywhere, so we are totally here for it.