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Jessica Alba believes true beauty is only achievable by being confident in your own skin and having a positive outlook on life.
Jessica Alba says beauty comes
The actress and new Braun ambassador firmly believes the most attractive women are happy and healthy and claims true beauty comes from being in a positive place.
Asked for her top tip to help insecure women, she told Aufeminin.com: “Don’t focus on negative things, concentrate on the good times you have with your loved one. If you want to change your appearance because you don’t feel good about yourself, go for it and work hard to reach your goals.”
“But at the end of the day, focus on your good qualities because true beauty comes from confidence in yourself, happiness and kindness. Regardless of your appearance, that’s what I think of as a beautiful women.”
Jessica – who has daughters Honor, five, and Haven, two, with her husband Cash Warren – is regularly hailed as one of the sexiest women in Hollywood, but insists her perfect image has taken years of hard work to achieve.
The ‘Sin City’ star added: “I don’t have a perfect body. I know how to emphasise my curves, that’s all. I choose clothes that accentuate my body, but it’s taken years of practice.”
“I do sport even though it’s not enough in my opinion. I practice yoga, dance, I drink lots of water and I eat healithy. At least, I try.”
Jessica Alba is an actress, mom of two, New York Times best-selling author, and a successful e-commerce entrepreneur. In 2012, Alba co-founded The Honest Company, an online emporium devoted to all things non-toxic and eco-friendly for baby, beauty and home.
This month, the company launched a
Here, the actress and businesswoman weighs the meaning of power, the definition of success, and the qualities that make a man provocative.
What does honesty mean to you?
What is empathy?
What does integrity mean to you?
What qualities does a remarkable man possess?
What qualities does a remarkable woman possess?
What is power?
What spurred you to start The Honest Company?
Jessica Alba: “You know how exhausting it is when you realize moms know everything? Well, they don’t start out that way — we’re a work in progress and we’re doing the best with what we’ve got. Growing up on a tight budget and cutting coupons, my mom was a master of doing a lot with a little, so when she told me about a fancy laundry detergent she used for my clothes when I was a baby, I knew this recommendation was a big deal.
“I was so surprised when I started sneezing from the fragrance and even more shocked when I broke out in a rash after folding the first load. It turns out the products my mom remembered may have looked the same, but, since then, so many toxic chemicals have entered the consumer marketplace that they’re virtually unrecognizable (and unpronounceable) and definitely unhealthy for developing babies: They’ve been linked to chronic illness in children, allergies and asthma, learning disabilities, obesity, and childhood cancers. (For more info, check out the Dr. Phil Landrigan Children’s Environmental Health Center at Mount Sinai and Healthy Child Healthy World.)
“That was when I started asking questions — not just about this detergent, but also about everything that I was about to introduce to my new child. It’s what inspired a very pregnant me to corner Christopher at his book launch for Healthy Child Healthy World and ask him why there wasn’t just one brand to trust for safe, environmentally friendly, effective and affordable family products. It wasn’t too long after that when we went from idea to action, and The Honest Company was born!”
It is hard to imagine how Jessica Alba finds the time to make movies. After all, she’s the boss of her own eco-friendly home and baby products outfit, The Honest Company, the mother of two young children, and the author of her own health manual, The Honest Life, published last spring.
Yet she still managed to shoot four films last year, including How to Make Love Like an Englishman opposite Pierce Brosnan and Sin City: A Dame to Die For, in which she stars in the long-awaited sequel to the original 2005 Sin City directed by Robert Rodriguez and adapted from the Frank Miller graphic novel. The 32-year-old actress is thrilled to have had the chance to reprise her role as exotic dancer Nancy Callahan, one of the iconic characters of her career.
The recent release of the trailer Sin City: A Dame to Die For has already created a massive wave of interest across the internet as it features Alba looking dark and troubled in a black bra. Though she generally avoids roles that focus on her looks, this film leaves little doubt that the former pin-up girl remains one of the sexiest women in Hollywood.
Aside from movies, Alba enjoys being the hands-on president of The Honest Company which she co-founded in 2012 order to offer mothers healthy, non-toxic baby products that are free of harmful chemicals found in many shampoos, soaps, baby-wipes, plastics, mattresses, and household cleaning supplies.
Armed with $52 million in venture capital, the firm is based in L.A and employs over 200 people.
Alba grew up as an Air Force brat whose father Mark is a Mexican-American Air Force staff sergeant while her mother, Catherine is a homemaker of French, Danish and Canadian descent. Jessica, a Revlon beauty ambassador, lives with her producer husband Cash Warren in Los Angeles together with their children Honor, five, and Haven, two.
Watch whole interview with Jessica and Christopher Gavigan from GreenBiz Forum which they attended last month.
Jessica Alba’s dance moves still
The actress slips back into her sexy stripper clothes in “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For,” a follow-up to the director’s 2005 hit “Sin City” — and, according to him, she’s sexier than ever.
“She’s more ripped now than she was then,” Rodriguez told toofab’s Brian Particelli while promoting his “From Dusk Till Dawn” TV series at SXSW.
“She came in with this choreography that just, we’re going ‘This is our life? We get to film this for two days?’” the pleased director adds. “She’s amazing, she really took her character and ran with it.”
Growing up in the 1980s, one of my earliest memories is of me in a terrycloth jumpsuit with rainbows on it and jelly shoes. My mum was 18 when she got pregnant and 19 when she had me. She then basically dressed me as a mini version of herself. There were a lot of Prince- and Madonna-inspired looks.
TV characters made a huge impression on me when I was younger, especially Claire Danes in My So-Called Life, and [the character] Kelly Bundy from Married with Children.
I’ve had several ‘What was I thinking?’ moments. In my late teens and early twenties I was a mess, I really didn’t have a clue. I remember wearing some outfits that showed my lower stomach, below the belly button. It was bad news, but then I got it together when I was 22.
With my first pay cheque I bought a Lanvin cashmere cable-knit sweater that had a gold thread through it. I still wear it.
When I want to put on sexy stuff in bed, I wear Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s M&S line. She’s a friend; she sent me some samples and I love them. For more classic pyjamas I wear a line called Marigot from New York.
I really enjoyed the costumes for Sin City. I needed a leather jacket for a scene and I already owned this beautiful Ralph Lauren one with wide shoulders and a tight waist, so I told the costume designer. She worked her magic and studded it up like crazy, and now my Ralph Lauren leather jacket has a metal cross and studs and spikes. It looks like armour.
When I’m filming, my trailer is always incredibly neat. I am really into being organised because otherwise how do you know where everything is? I label everything.
I give myself two hours upwards to get ready for an event, with someone else doing my hair and make-up. I could probably do it in 45 minutes, but I like to chat and my daughters Honor, five, and Haven, two, normally want my attention. When I do it myself I can’t be bothered, I just want to get it done; it’s 20 minutes max usually.
Almost every day my daughters will dress up in their pyjamas with my shoes on. I tell them they are going to fall over, especially in the high heels, so I encourage them to play with the flats instead.
Last Halloween I played Cher from The Witches of Eastwick and my other girlfriends were Michelle Pfeiffer and Susan Sarandon.
I’ve just been to Paris Fashion Week. I loved every pair of Kenzo shoes that I saw. A lot of stuff at Dior was gorgeous — there was a stunning cobalt-blue coat. At Nina Ricci there were maroon and grey clothes that were beautiful and a maroon lacy gown. Those were the standouts.
At the H&M show I was sitting next to Solange Knowles and Jourdan Dunn. I told Jourdan that when I come back I want to look like her. That girl is flawless.
When I die all my organs will be donated, so I don’t know how much of me will be left to be buried in anything special.
In just a few years, she went from being a hot starlet to an eco-crusader and savvy entrepreneur. Al it took was passion and a single-minded focus on protecting the earth, for her kids and yours.
„Every five years, I feel like I’m a completely different person,“ says Jessica Alba. Just Google her bio and you’ll see the pattern: In 2000, the actress launched her career in head-to-toe black leather on the TV Series Dark Angel. By 2005, she’d emerged as a full-blown movie star in Sin City and Fantastic Four. Flash to 2011 and she’s a mom of two, eating leftovers off her kid’s plate and worrying about how harsh chemical affect their well-being. And while she’s still headlining movies – the Sin City sequel promises to be a summer blockbuster – phase four is well under way for Jessica in an office park in Santa Monica, CA.
That’s where this 32-years-old heads up the Honest Company, an online purveyor of nearly 60 natural, eco-friendly products that include organic skin-care products for moms and kids, nontoxic household cleaning goods and 100-percent biodegradable baby wipes. During her pregnancy with her first daughter, Honor, now 5, Jessica researched herself into a fervor over petrochemicals and parabens in everyday items like skin lotions and household cleaners. „I had always tried to live a sustainable lifestyle, but had been focused on what was best for the earth,“ she says. „Being pregnant, that shifted to be about what was best for human health. I didn’t want anything in my home that could make my children sick.“ In her research, she picked up a copy of Healthy Child Healthy World: Creating a Cleaner, Greener, Safer Home by Christopher Gavifan; the book was a revelation. „It breaks down the effects of certain chemicals,“ she says. „I thought, If there are safer alternatives, I want to use them.“ By the time her second daughter, Haven, arrived in 2011, Jessica and Gavigan had founded the Honest Company. And last year Jessica put clean-living message out there with her own book. The Honest Life: Living Naturally and True to You.
The Honest Company office has a quintessential start-up look and feel: There’s a wall of garage doors that roll up to let in fresh air, a rainbow of bikes jammed into a rack under a row of helmets and even an actor-level handsome guy wiping down the coffee bar of a small in-house café. It seems like a dream environment for working moms. The hallways are lined with shadow-boxed Honest diapers, and there are pictures of babies everywhere, including large frames showing off staffers‘ kids under the words „Our Honest Family.“ There’s even a dedicated nursing room. „It’s really cute!“ Jessica tells me.
She’s right; cuteness abounds. But Honest is no vanity project. Curently, the company is expanding it’s Web-only business to brick-and-mortar retailers like Costco and Whole Foods. Sales have jumped from $12 million to $60 million in less than two years, sparking $52 million in venture-capital funding to develop new products and expand the e-commerce site. And Jessica really does put in a 40-houes week here. Our inteview is interupted by check-in meetings on everything from an upcoming focus group to the packaging of a new housewarming kit, with a sidebar about a stray dog (we’ll get to that in a minute). Jessica’s impossible-to-miss hot pink desk is crammed between two others, and next to her Mac there’s a framed photo of her husband of nearly six years, Cash Warren, who has a warm smile and salt-and-pepper hair. „He’s always had it, but now it’s major,“ she says with a laugh. „I think it’s from having daughters.“
On her new approach to acting:
On being trained in stunts:
On how she hasn’t changed:
ET caught up with Jessica Alba’s brother Joshua, getting him to spill details on what it’s like to grow up with a famous sibling.
As Joshua tells it, wherever Jessica’s acting career led her, he had to tag along.
Jessica began her career in the mid ’90s on projects such as Camp Nowhere, The Secret World of Alex Mack and Flipper. Joshua’s first role came in 2001 on Jessica’s show, Dark Angel.
“She was gracious enough to let me do it with her,” said Joshua, who was fresh out of high school when he scored the role.
Joshua made it clear that his No. 1 priority is his family, which could account for why Jessica’s sudden fame felt strange to him at first.
“To me, she’s just my sister — someone I used to fight with all the time, you know?” said Joshua.
“The first person I called was my sister,” said Joshua, who pleaded with Jessica not to tell their parents. “She came to get me and she was furious.”
Watch the video to find out how Jessica reacted.