Salma Hayek finds it "exciting" posing nude.

Salma Hayek

Salma Hayek

The 48-year-old actress recently stripped off for Allure magazine and has admitted she found it liberating because of her age.

She said: "It's important to be free ... and at my age it's exciting to still be able to take a photograph like that."

Discussing the photo, where she uses her hands to protect her modesty, she told E! News: "I thought my hands were bigger. They're big, but not big enough to cover my breasts. They did cover enough but in my head they were covering more."

Meanwhile, the 'Everly' actress previously admitted she used to be "terrified" about turning 50 because she was told she wouldn't have a career past the age of 35.

She said: "In the past, when I tried to imagine what I'd look like and what my life would be like at this age, I was terrified. I imagined myself looking old, but instead I think I still look OK, and I'm fine with my appearance.

"For too many generations, women have suffered from this terrible lie that age 50 is like falling off a cliff. Women have believed for so long we'd act and feel as if we were finished, and we surrendered to that myth."

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