When Salma got engaged to French businessman Francois-Henri Pinault, she says they initially had every intention of getting married after a traditional engagement. "I thought I was going to have to work really hard at getting pregnant because of my age, but then I just got pregnant," she says. "After I got pregnant, I don't know why, [but] the [ceremony] part of it is not necessary because we have such a huge commitment for each other. I don't know that we have to go through the rituals."
Salma says she likes that she and Francois-Henri are still engaged, not married. "[Men] have to work every day to continue to keep you wanting to marry them," she says. "They have to work at it a little bit, so it's sort of sexy. I know people, once they get married, something happens, and I don't know what it is, but something happens, and then they are not as in love with each other."
Salma and Francois-Henri have a unique relationship—they are based in different cities and spend most time separated by an ocean. Still, Salma says they see each other often. "Every time he comes, it's an event. And every time I go, it's the same and it's so romantic and it's so exciting. And the time we spend together, it's 100 percent quality time. And then the time we're not together, I have 100 percent quality time to my baby, to myself, to my career," she says. "So for us, it works. Now, it's not an open marriage. Nobody think this is too modern and don't get the wrong idea—the level of commitment is exactly the same."