Salma Hayek Plays the Name Game

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Although Salma Hayek Pinault doesn't exactly roll off the tongue, the "Frieda" star has officially decided to take her fashion executive hubby Francois-Henri Pinault's last name. Since they tied the knot on Valentine's Day 2009 in Paris, why the sudden desire to change her moniker now? The actress tells InStyle she was inspired by the couple's adorable 2-year-old daughter Valentina.

"It was Valentina's request," reveals Salma. "I didn't think about it until she brought it up. We were shooting a film, and she saw my chair with my name on it. She said, 'What does it say there?' And I said, 'Salma Hayek.' And she said, 'What about Pinault? Why not Pinault?' Because here people say 'Madame Pinault.' I said to myself, 'This is who I am now. I'm starting a whole new life. I've never been happier. Why shouldn't I share it with the people who have been supporting me my whole career, who have been with me since the beginning?' I'm a private person, but I should let them in on the fact that I'm a different person, and a better person. It's a new life."

See How Salma's Look Has Changed Over the Years 

For more on Salma's blissful home life, pick up the June issue of InStyle, on newsstands May 21!

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