Jessica Alba earned fame as a sex symbol. Flaunting her figure for magazine photos, Alba seemed to have it all. But behind the scenes of those alluring, sexy photo shoots, Jessica was secretly uncomfortable, she told In Style.
When she was in middle school, Alba became a member of a born-again church. She also attended that church during the majority of her high school years. Jessica recalled that her upbringing as a Christian, combined with tomboy tendencies and the fact that she was a virgin, caused considerable discomfort when she was told to strike her hottest pose.
“My sexuality made me very uncomfortable. I remember my first Maxim shoot, they were telling me to pose a certain way,” described Alba.
“I was like, ‘Agh! I’m 19. I’m a virgin. I don’t even know how to do that.’ It was so awkward.”
In contrast to her sexy style for those photo shoots, Jessica relaxed in casual attire when she was at home. Fond of sporting cargo pants combined with sweatshirts, she is aware that of the noticeable contrast between the “real Alba” and the sex symbol captured in those photos.
“I was into wearing Triple Five Soul baggy cargo pants. I would get Hanes tank tops and dye them with Rit dye and wear Nike sports bras and sweatshirts. It was the opposite of sexy,” admitted Jessica.
But she couldn’t always stay in those casual clothes, and Alba confessed that when she initially had to step out in a frock and high heels, she stressed about falling.
“The first time I wore a dress and heels, I had to go to the Golden Globes—I was nominated for Dark Angel. I took my brother,” recalled Jessica. “I was so worried about not looking like a lady. I remember thinking, ‘I hope I don’t trip.'”
For years, Jessica alternated between a sex symbol in the public’s eyes and a tomboy at home. Then, when she was 25, Alba experienced what she now terms a “life crisis.” It was that experience that made her realize she wanted more in her life.
“I sort of went through a life crisis. I was like, ‘This isn’t what I set out to be. I’m so much more than this, but I don’t know how not to be a sex symbol.'”
And then came love, courtesy of Cash Warren, followed by motherhood. Cash changed Jessica’s life. And her pregnancy set a new course for the future.
“It was not planned, but I was like, ‘OK, this is where my life is going. I always wanted to be a mom,'” explained Alba.
Also changing her life: An allergic reaction. It occurred when Jessica received tiny clothes for her yet-to-be-born infant at a baby shower. As she was washing them, she suffered a hideous rash.
“I did not want my kid to be in the hospital all the time like I was,” Alba decided.
As a result, the baby was born first, followed by the birth of her company after four years of labor. Jessica dove into every aspect of The Honest Company, gradually adding new products ranging from diapers to beauty and makeup.
The Honest Company emphasizes two goals: Offering non-toxic, safe products, and selling them at “reasonable prices.” As a result, customers cautious about what goes into mass-marketed items have been attracted to Alba’s products.
Jessica recalls being sick frequently when she was younger. At that time, Alba says she “made a deal with the universe.” That contract involved doing something to help others.
“I made a deal with the universe: If I was able to manifest my dreams, then I would try to do good in some way.”
As part of Jessica’s photo shoot for her In Style interview, she modeled some sexy swimsuits, noted the Daily Mail.
Amid those styles standing out, Alba sizzled in a one-piece bathing suit from Chanel. Although known more for dress-up attire than beach wear, the Chanel swimsuit modeled by the actress shows that designer attire can stun in the sun, especially if you have a beach body like the the mom of two.
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