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."
Not only is Salma an award-winning actress, primetime television producer
and a new mother, she's also a big giver. She is working to help eradicate
tetanus, a disease caused by deadly bacteria that enter the body through open
In developing countries with unsanitary conditions, tetanus is often transmitted during childbirth and infects both mother and child. The infection rages through the body like a powerful poison, and it leads to a swift, painful death in almost every case. These deaths can be prevented with a vaccine that costs just 5 cents per shot.
Salma is helping Pampers promote their just-launched One Pack = One Vaccine program. Each time someone purchases a pack of specially marked diapers, Pampers will donate one vaccination shot to UNICEF to fight tetanus in 12 countries. "What I love about this program is that it's so simple and everyone can participate," she says. "UNICEF has been working already on this, and they've been very successful with this program. They've eradicated the virus from many different countries, and now they are focusing on practically the last 12."
The One Pack = One Vaccine program is crucial to protecting the lives of thousands. "Every three minutes, a baby dies with horrible pain. During this interview, so many have died and suffered so much from it. And it's preventable," Salma says. "The goal is that there will be zero deaths after this—zero deaths in these 12 African countries."
Pampers is donating 1,000 vaccines for each member of today's Oprah Show audience—300,000 vaccines. And in
honor of Oprah, they're donating 1 million vaccines—for a total of 1.3 million
vaccines! To make your own contribution, visit pampers.com/unicef.
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