In January 2019, Jessica Alba, the actress and cofounder of the eco-friendly megabrand The Honest Co., threw a 40th-birthday bash for her husband, Cash Warren, producer and cofounder of lifestyle brand Pair of Thieves. Throughout his 30s, she’d organize an over-the-top pajama party every year—blowouts that would include beer pong, Twister, charades, and even a corn-hole toss. But this year, because they had recently moved into a home perched on the edge of a scenic, leafy canyon in Los Angeles, she decided to combine the birthday with a housewarming. And after their beautiful, new, expansive backyard—a hot commodity in this part of town—had been mauled by tents, bars, and wild corn tossers at the extravaganza, she decided to retire the tradition. “He’s in his 40s now, so he can do other stuff!” she says, laughing. “This is our dream house!”
Alba and Warren met on the set of Fantastic Four, in 2004. They married and had their first daughter, Honor, in 2008. A second daughter, Haven, arrived in 2011, and son Hayes was delivered on New Year’s Eve 2017. The couple, who had been living in a house just down the street for the past decade, already had started looking for a new one with more space, and a big backyard was on their wish list. “We wanted a place to watch our kids play and grow up,” Alba says.
In the kitchen, a darkened brass hood hangs over a Lacanche range. Cabinets painted in Farrow & Ball’s down pipe.
On the side deck, 18th-century Swedish chairs surround a 19th-century French table, both from Galerie Half.
They found it on the very first day of their search. It wasn’t officially listed, because the sellers wanted to stage it first, but Alba cajoled her Realtor into getting her in that afternoon. “I thought, I have an imagination and I know what I want. I walked in and knew within 20 minutes, even though wasn’t our vibe, this was exactly what we were looking for.”
The couple’s “vibe” has two touchstones. Warren’s mother lives in Provence, and one of Alba’s Pinterest boards is filled with pictures of houses in the French countryside and apartments in Paris. The second is Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi’s house in Beverly Hills. “They’d have us over for holiday parties, and we’d leave and say to each other, ‘Their house is so sick!’ ” When Alba closed on this property, she asked DeGeneres for an introduction to her designers, the mother-son team of Kathleen and Tommy Clements.
“It’s easy to see why Jess is such a successful businesswoman,” Tommy says. “She’s organized, hyper-focused, and superdecisive—there is no vacillation.” The Clementses left their weekly client meetings with their entire to-do list ticked off. In describing Alba’s style, Tommy notes she was always drawn to organic materials, natural fibers and fabrics, hemp textures, and reclaimed wood, “which didn’t exactly come as a surprise since her company is based entirely on thoughtfully produced, safe products.” On the other hand, Kathleen jokes that Warren’s major concern was “where was the basketball hoop going to go? That was a very big deal, and he was very specific.”
Matching linen-slipcovered sofas face off in the living room, armchairs wear Moore & Giles shearling.
At first, Alba thought it would be a quick and easy renovation. “I was like, ‘I’m pretty much fine with everything; let’s just paint it!’ And then all of a sudden we walked into the house, and it had been stripped down to the studs. I mean, there were literally no walls! I said to Cash, ‘Did we know this was going to happen?’ And he said, ‘This explains the bill!’ ” She laughs. “Apparently you can’t just pop off crown moldings.”
Ultimately, the renovation took 18 months and more than new paint. In order to create a more flowing family zone, the foursome modified the original ground-floor plan, opening the former family room up to the kitchen. In the process they removed a bar to gain square footage and create more storage. (“I didn’t want to see all that stuff—coffee machine, toaster oven, dirty blender—all day,” Alba says.) And they blew out the back of the house and installed a folding glass wall that opened up the space to the incredible view.
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At first Alba and Warren were wary of obstructing that prospect. But when the children of some friends—movie producer Jamie Patricof and his wife, Kelly Sawyer Patricof, the cofounder of Baby2Baby, a charity Alba supports—outgrew their play set, Alba and Warren took it. A good businesswoman knows a deal when she sees one. Now sitting just beyond the pool, it signifies that this is a truly family-friendly home. “It’s sweet to have something that is worn in and has been loved by kids already,” Alba says.
- Why Jessica Alba disappeared from the spotlight
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- 1. Born Into The Melting Pot
- 2. Incident In School
- 3. Young Parents
- 4. No Sense Of Belonging
- 5. A Christian Household
- 6. Childhood Trivialities? Not For Jessica
- 7. Acting Lessons
- 8. First Film
- 9. Strange Man
- 10. Relentless
- 11. The Day It Happened
- 12. Where Did She Go?
- 13. Foul Play?
- 14. Bound And Gagged
- 15. Jessica Speaks?
- 16. Shaken Up But Resilient
- 17. Young And Naïve
- 18. High Schoolers Not Welcome
- 19. The Dancer
- 20. Would It Last?
- 21. Breakthrough Role
- 22. From Rags To Riches?
- 23. The Big Question
- 24. A Short-Lived Marriage
- 25. Always Driven
- 26. Eye On The Prize
- 27. She Was Dating Someone Else
- 28. Pickup Line Of The Century?
- 29. Jealousy
- 30. Happily Ever After
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Why Jessica Alba disappeared from the spotlight
The 38-year-old actor was the dream poster girl of the 2000s. Women wanted to be her and men wanted to date her.
The Latin American brunette beauty seemed poised for a long and successful career in Hollywood, starring in a string of popular movies in her early days.
But it was Alba’s good looks that dominated her notoriety, something she wasn’t able to shake despite her efforts.
Alba has been in a plethora of magazine lists dubbed as one of the most beautiful celebrities of all time. She was voted as the fifth Sexiest Female Star in a Hollywood.com vote, was named among Playboy’s 25 Sexiest Celebrities, and was voted number one in an AskMen.com poll ranking of the 99 Most Desirable Women.
But this image affected the depth of roles she was offered, with Alba expressing concerns on many occasions about being typecast as a sex symbol.
Jessica Alba on the cover of Playboy magazine, March 2006. Picture: PlayboySource:Supplied
Alba’s big shot at stardom came in 2000 when she was cast as Max Guevara in the American TV series Dark Angel, created by veteran director James Cameron.
More than a thousand actors were up for the role, with Cameron narrowing it down to 20 audition tapes.
Interestingly, he wasn’t impressed by Alba at first, saying: “She had her head down, she was reading out of the script … she didn’t present herself all that well. But there was something about the way she read the script that copped an attitude that I liked.”
He said he kept coming back to Alba’s tape and decided he needed to meet her in person.
She was hired before the script was even written.
Despite her acting ability gaining praise among critics, Alba was immediately judged mainly on her looks.
American TV critic Howard Rosenberg said of her performance: “If pouty faces and sexy walks could destroy, the highly arresting Max would be wiping out the entire planet.”
Reviewer Joyce Millman said she was “little more than lips and a**”.
Despite this, Alba cleaned up a string of awards for her portrayal in the series.
Jessica Alba in a scene from TV show Dark Angel.Source:News Corp Australia
She won Best Actress on Television at the 27th Saturn Awards, Breakout Star of the Year at the TV guide Awards, Outstanding Actress in a New Television Series at the ALMA Awards, and Choice Actress at the 2001 Teen Choice Awards. She also received a nomination for Best Actress — Television Series Drama at the 58th Golden Globe Awards.
Not bad for her first big TV gig.
She then starred in the 2003 dance flick, Honey.
While it received generally negative reviews, it shone the spotlight on Alba, who absolutely glowed in the role and bolstered her profile among Hollywood’s elite.
Two years later she hit the top of her game with a starring role in Sin City, which is available to stream on Foxtel and features an all-star cast including Brittany Murphy, Clive Owen and Bruce Willis.
The crime anthology movie opened to massive critical and commercial success, making $US158.8 million at the worldwide box office against a budget of $US40 million.
Again, focus turned to Alba’s appearance, the then 25-year-old winning the MTV Movie Award for Sexiest Performance.
Jessica Alba in a very raunchy scene from Sin City.Source:News Limited
But that role, only a few short years since her big breakthrough, would turn out to be the peak of her acting career, with Fantastic Four hitting theatres several months later to nightmare reviews.
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This movie marked Alba slowly dropping off the Hollywood radar.
Alba played the Marvel Comics character Invisible Woman/Sue Storm in the film, alongside Ioan Gruffudd, Chris Evans, Michael Chiklis, and Julian McMahon.
A savage review in The Guardian suggested Alba was only in the film because “of her beauty”.
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“Feminists and non-feminists alike must absorb the Fantastic Four’s most troubling paradox: Having been admitted to the story on the grounds of her beauty, (Alba’s) superpower is to be invisible”.
However, Alba still returned in 2007 for the sequel Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer.
But she said the experience made her want to quit acting, claiming she was harshly criticised by director Tim Story.
“I wanted to stop acting,” she said in an interview with Elle.
“(He told me) ‘It looks too real. It looks too painful. Can you be prettier when you cry? Cry pretty, Jessica’. He was like, ‘Don’t do that thing with your face. Just make it flat. We can CGI the tears in’.
“And then it all got me thinking: Am I not good enough? Are my instincts and my emotions not good enough?
“Do people hate them so much that they don’t want me to be a person? Am I not allowed to be a person in my work? And so I just said, ‘F**k it. I don’t care about this business anymore’.”
She didn’t completely bow out of the industry, but admitted to having a hard time finding roles, telling PopSugar she wasn’t considered white enough to play white characters but wasn’t considered Hispanic enough to play Latina roles.
This would explain her gigs from 2007 to 2010, which were all small supporting roles with little substance.
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From 2010 onwards, Alba settled into a life mainly out of the spotlight.
But it was probably a luxury for her, considering her dark past.
Alba was allegedly kidnapped when she was 15 on the set of TV series Flipper, an incident she refuses to elaborate on to this day.
The actor was on the set of her first show in 1996 when it’s alleged she was kidnapped from set and went missing for 14 hours.
The mysterious case was dismissed as Alba didn’t provide any information.
Jessica Alba as Maya in Flipper.Source:News Corp Australia
Part of a conservative Christian family, Alba has claimed she was often ridiculed in church for her appearance.
“Older men would hit on me, and my youth pastor said it was because I was wearing provocative clothing when I wasn’t,” she said in a 2006 interview.
“It just made me feel like if I was in any way desirable to the opposite sex that it was my fault, and it made me ashamed of my body and being a woman.”
Alba was also seriously ill growing up, with several medical problems.
She suffered from partially collapsed and ruptured lungs, asthma, pneumonia multiple times every year, hyperactivity disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
Alba met her first boyfriend, who she says took her virginity and was 13 years her senior, when she was 18 on the set of Dark Angel.
Actor and producer Michael Weatherly, then 32, proposed to Alba on her 20th birthday, which she accepted.
They split in 2003, with Alba later telling Cosmo of their relationship: “With Michael (Weatherly), I didn’t have a voice yet, and he was so much older … I was so young, 18, when I started dating him,” she said.
Jessica Alba with then boyfriend Michael Weatherly in 2001.Source:News Limited
“I was a virgin. I knew I wanted to be in love with the first person I slept with because for almost everyone I knew, the first experience made them feel like sh*t … I wanted to be careful that he was going to be in love with me and wasn’t just going to leave me.”
It was while filming the first Fantastic Four in 2004 that Jessica met producer, now husband, Cash Warren.
“He’s not famous. He might be the one. It was kind of a love-at-first-sight thing, but I met him when I was dating someone else, so it started off as a friendship,” she told Cosmopolitan in 2005.
“The first week that we kind of got together, he gave me a note and signed it with a dollar sign because his name is Cash.
“It just said, ‘I really, really like you’. And that was exactly how I felt at the time.”
Alba fell pregnant with their first daughter, Honour, in 2008, and the pair married in a secret ceremony with no guests.
The pair now have three children.
Despite struggling to make it big in Hollywood, Alba is considered one of the world’s richest actors, valued at a whopping $US350 million.
Money Nation estimates she only made $US13 million from acting alone, so how did she manage to boost her net worth so massively?
Alba ventured into the world of business, starting up The Honest Company, a chemical-free baby and household products company, in 2012.
It has since expanded into hair, beauty and skincare.
Alba travels around the US educating researchers on the dangers of chemicals and promoting her products.
In only a matter of years, The Honest Company has clocked up a worth of $US1 billion, of which Alba owns between 15 to 20 per cent.
According to IMDb, Alba currently has no movie deals locked in. But it doesn’t sound like she needs them.
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1. Born Into The Melting Pot
Jessica Alba was born to young parents of modest means in California. Her Mexican-American father, who was at one point a U.S. airman, worked nights as a cook at a rib joint to make ends meet, and her mother, a young woman with Danish and French roots, flipped burgers by day and bartended at night.
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But Alba never felt connected to that reality. “I was born with a wicked sense of entitlement,” she has admitted. “I always thought I was born into the wrong family, that I was… royalty and nobody knew it but me.” Alba would climb out of her predicament, overcoming tremendous hardship along the way. Throughout it all, she’d overcome one of the biggest challenges of her life.
2. Incident In School
Starting from a very young age, Jessica Alba’s self-confessed sense of entitlement often translated into a rebellious attitude, which was sometimes problematic considering she was the daughter of a U.S. airman and raised in a Christian home. In preschool, a run-in with her teacher totally changed the way she viewed adults.
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Alba was working on an assignment in class when her teacher approached her. The teacher noticed Alba writing with her left hand, and to that particular teacher, it was intolerable. The young girl was forced to practice writing with her right hand. She simply couldn’t understand why, and no one could explain it to her. “I have had a big problem with authority ever since,” she said. That rebellious attitude would take her places she never expected to go.
3. Young Parents
Jessica Alba was particularly perceptive as a young girl. The more she grew, the more she began to take notice that her life wasn’t as simple as the lives of some of her peers. Her parents married in their teens and had two kids – her and her brother, Joshua – by the time they were 20 and 21.
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Often, she told Rolling Stone, it felt like “we all grew up together.” Alba needed to escape from her family situation, and by the age of five, she began to express her desire to act. Not everything a five-year-old says is to be taken seriously, but Alba wasn’t joking. She’d prove it sooner than anyone would expect. It wasn’t only her parents’ youth that caused her problems growing up, though.
4. No Sense Of Belonging
Jessica Alba partly owes her unique look to her diverse ancestry – Danish, French and Mexican make for an interesting combination. But that background wasn’t always easy to grapple with. Growing up, she felt like she didn’t really belong anywhere. It’s a problem that is known to sometimes plague bi-racial children.
She wasn’t white, yet she was also shunned by the Latin community for not being Latin enough. All the uncertainty at home instilled in Alba an unrivaled ambition to make something of herself – to become the royalty she’d always envisioned herself as being. Beyond that, though, Alba didn’t always see her appearance in a positive light.
5. A Christian Household
Jessica Alba was raised by a religious Christian family with strict house rules. Perhaps one of the biggest in many more religious homes is no physical intimacy before marriage and values of modesty. As she began growing into a woman, Jessica Alba dressed modestly but still couldn’t escape the attention of men – often men older than herself.
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She didn’t like the attention and confided in her youth pastor, who then made a comment about her choice of clothes that made her uncomfortable. Since the incident, Alba felt self-conscious about her body. Things would turn up for her soon, but the wild ride wouldn’t end after success.
6. Childhood Trivialities? Not For Jessica
Shunned by the Latin community and not accepted as white, Jessica Alba had trouble socially in school – she was even bullied. No doubt, it was partly because of her mature outlook. The young Alba didn’t care for the trivialities of childhood – she wanted to make something of herself, and fast.
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When she turned 11, Alba convinced her mother to take her to an acting contest out in Beverly Hills. The competition’s winner was entitled to free acting classes. Spoiler alert: Alba most definitely won and enrolled in her first ever acting lessons. What happened next would stun her and her family.
7. Acting Lessons
Once Jessica Alba started acting lessons, she proved the she was talented at the craft right away. Just nine months after starting acting lessons, the 12-year-old Alba was signed by a talent agent! It was extremely impressive, but she had seen it coming. It was the moment she had been waiting for her entire life – one big step closer to the royalty she always dreamed of.
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From then on, things would start to turn up for the young actress. But even so, Alba has yet to face what was possibly the most bizarre incident of her entire life. Early in her career, something truly terrifying would happen to Jessica Alba.
8. First Film
About a year after she was signed by a talent agent, Jessica Alba starred in her first film, the 1994 comedy Camp Nowhere. She had already grown into a young woman and also begun doing modeling work on the side, along with some commercials. It was a lot for a young teenager to take in. Soon, she’d be doing even bigger things.
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For the young Alba, though, things were just too good to be true at the time. Indeed, something strange was brewing. It was around this time that Jessica Alba became the target of a rather mysterious crime that no one can explain to this day.
9. Strange Man
When Jessica Alba turned 15, she landed a role in a remake of a classic aquatic adventure series called Flipper. It was her first major role in a television show, and it was filmed in Australia. To say that she was excited at the time would be an understatement. Unfortunately, that’s when a series of strange events began to take place.
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While on set one day, Alba received a strange phone call from an unidentifiable man. She dismissed it as a crazed fan, but the strange man kept calling. It was truly starting to creep her out. Who was this person? What did he want from her?
Jessica Alba continued showing up to set, and she kept getting the calls from the strange man. Again, she reassured herself that it must be some crazy fan. It’s not as though she would have been the first young actress to be stalked by a fan! Perhaps, though, she should have been more alarmed than she was.
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The man continued to call. Even if he were just a fan, it seemed calling wouldn’t suffice for him for too much longer. One day, something would happen to Jessica Alba on set – very suddenly – that would prove something else was going on.
11. The Day It Happened
One day, Jessica Alba was getting takes in on the set of Flipper. She didn’t know something bizarre was brewing beneath the surface on that day. Apparently, someone was lurking around the set and no one noticed it. Then it happened – someone crept up behind Alba and snatched her off the set.
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It didn’t take long for the folks on the set to notice she was gone. Her co-stars, her producers – everyone – was baffled when they noticed she was missing. To where could the 15-year-old have wandered off on her own? And on the job? It wasn’t like her to be so irresponsible. Something else was going on, they thought.
12. Where Did She Go?
The rest of the cast was totally bewildered. Together, they came to the conclusion that something strange was happening. There was no way Alba would have just wandered off while filming. And once they realized there may have been some third party involved with her disappearance, the cast and production team began to get worried.
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They searched all over for her. Still, they couldn’t find her anywhere. Eventually they decided they needed help and took matters a step further, calling the local authorities for help. So what was going on? Where was their young actress? Surely, the police could get to the bottom of this.
13. Foul Play?
When police were notified of Jessica Alba’s strange disappearance, they took it very seriously. Of course, the fact that she was a minor at the time made matters all the more pressing. Furthermore, the authorities weren’t in any mood to let a potential kidnapper escape with a young American actress.
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Investigators were tasked with finding Jessica Alba, and they searched every lead they had. Like the show’s other cast members, the authorities too suspected foul play. But was it? What exactly happened on that day? Soon enough, they’d learn more. What they eventually found would both shock and baffle them.
14. Bound And Gagged
It was nearing the 14th hour of Jessica Alba’s sudden disappearance. Though they didn’t totally know it yet, investigators were nearing the end of their search. They’d finally find the missing actress they were looking for. When they eventually found her they simply couldn’t believe their eyes.
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It was like one of Alba’s later movie scenes, only this was real – very real. Investigators finally closed in on Jessica Alba and discovered her tied up and gagged in the trunk of a car. It was truly an unbelievable sight and begged the question: How in the world did she get there?
15. Jessica Speaks?
Alba was pulled out of the trunk, her hands were unbound and she was given something to drink. After she calmed down, the authorities wanted to know how she ended up in the back of that trunk. Seriously, what happened? They asked her. Astonishingly, Jessica didn’t talk! She didn’t tell them anything.
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No other evidence of foul play was discovered, and if the alleged victim herself couldn’t tell them anything, police were forced to drop the case altogether. It seems the world might never know what really happened on that day. Though strange, it’s far from the only fact about Jessica Alba’s private life that is sure to fascinate you.
16. Shaken Up But Resilient
After her mysterious kidnapping, the up-and-coming star was understandably shaken up. But the incident didn’t deter her from enjoying her life. She continued to advance her acting career and even started dating men in this period. Her Christian faith instructed her to steer clear of serious physical intimacy before marriage and she adhered to that rule throughout most of her teens.
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But she didn’t see anything wrong with going out with people. What’s the harm in that? Dating isn’t easy for any teen, but at some point, many young people meet that special someone. Indeed, Alba would soon meet someone older who would change her forever.
17. Young And Naïve
Believe it or not, there was a point in time when even Jessica Alba wasn’t confident in her ability to attract and successfully date men. Perhaps it was because of what she has described as a poor reputation she had in school, but Alba has said that “hardly anyone” ever asked her out in her teen years.
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As a result, the young actress dated “whoever asked her out.” One day, she met someone totally unexpected that just blew her away – so much so that she even began to question her views on religion. Who was this mystery man, and how did he do it?
18. High Schoolers Not Welcome
Most of the guys Alba went on dates with as a teen simply didn’t interest her, she later said. She just felt too mature for them – all they wanted to do was “hang and drink beer.” And who can blame her? Those were hardly hobbies suitable for a young woman who was already kick-starting a career in show business.
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But one day, a man who was a little older than Alba asked her out, and she said yes. He was well out of high school and not exactly a man her parents would approve of. He would be different from all the other dates she’d ever been on. But who was he?
19. The Dancer
Through all the immature teenage boys Jessica Alba sifted through during her high school career, she finally met someone who actually caught her attention. Not too long after she was kidnapped, Alba, now 16, began seeing a bisexual dancer. She would meet him at a club four nights a week, and the two just formed an intensely deep connection.
She has even described falling in love with the man. Perhaps there was a forbidden fruit complex at play considering her born-again Christian friends’ disapproval of their relationship led Alba to challenge her religious views. But would Alba and the dancer last?
20. Would It Last?
Eventually, Jessica Alba’s relationship with the older man led her to question her religious beliefs and everything she was taught as a child. “I was so in love with him and thought, ‘There’s no way this guy’s going to hell,’” she has said of her real first crush.
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The experience led her toward a more secular life path. No longer would she refrain from doing things she wanted to do in the name of her religion. Unfortunately, though, the relationship didn’t last too long. Soon, Alba’s big acting break would come, and with it, a change of attitude toward dating.
21. Breakthrough Role
After playing on Flipper, Jessica Alba partook in a string of guest appearances, hoping to get her big break and really get her career on the road. Evidently, the young actress also enjoyed a wild period in her private life, dating and living like a normal teenager.
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She had worked her entire young adult life for it, and the moment of truth had finally arrived. The incredibly talented Alba finally secured her breakthrough role as the lead of the sci-fi series Dark Angel. The film would bring other news for the up-and-coming star. On the set, she would meet the man with whom she’d start her first serious relationship.
22. From Rags To Riches?
Jessica Alba’s 18th birthday solidified her transformation from bullied young girl to one of the most desired women in the world, and the suitors were numerous. It was on the set of Dark Angel that she started dating fellow actor Michael Weatherly, who was 12 years her senior.
Alba was very much into Weatherly, and after her spiritual change of heart during her previous relationship, she decided she would no longer wait until marriage to be intimate. Things with Weatherly advanced quickly – they really just clicked. Indeed, only two years after they met, Weatherly would take things to the next level. But was he the one?
23. The Big Question
By the time Jessica Alba was 19 years old, she was flying high. She was landing roles left and right, and dating a fellow actor she really liked – life was good. By most standards, Alba had successfully climbed into a life akin to royalty. Just when she thought things couldn’t get any better… well, they would.
On Alba’s 20th birthday, something truly incredible happened. Michael Weatherly proposed to her! Despite their 12-year age difference and disapproval from her parents, she said yes to the first man she had ever been intimate with. It was quite the birthday gift. But would it last?
24. A Short-Lived Marriage
Jessica Alba was only 18 when she started dating the 30-year-old Weatherly, and while it was a good relationship while it lasted, the two broke it off in 2003, just three years after they married. It turned out Alba was too young and inexperienced to dive into such serious commitment.
Now that Alba actually gained real-life dating experience within the world of show business, she was starting to recognize her worth more than ever. She was landing one role after the other through her hard work and talent, and now she was also single once again. What would she do next?
25. Always Driven
After her breakup with Weatherly, Jessica Alba enjoyed a “wild period with men for a second,” as she put it. She had dated actor Mark Wahlberg and baseball star Derek Jeter, both of whom she described as “really nice guys.” But flings were never Alba’s thing – she was the driven and responsible type.
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While Alba knew most of her life that she wanted to become a successful actor, she was never really the type to want to date someone purely based on status. Soon, she’d meet someone else who would blow her mind – more than ever before. But was this one an actor?
26. Eye On The Prize
In 2004, Jessica Alba was cast as Susan Storm – otherwise known as the Invisible Woman – in Fantastic Four, another major milestone of her career. On the set, she met someone that really caught her attention. Was it one of her insanely famous co-stars?
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But, actually, the answer is no. Instead of falling for a fellow actor, this time, Jessica Alba had her eye on a behind-the-scenes man. He was a production assistant named Cash Warren. “It was kind of a love-at-first-sight thing,” she has later recalled of their first encounter. There was just one problem with this whole situation.
27. She Was Dating Someone Else
Jessica Alba was totally smitten with Cash Warren. But it turned out at the time that the actress and future entrepreneur was already dating someone else when she and Cash met. So the two started as just friends – maybe flirtatious friends, but friends nevertheless.
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Despite the fact that she was seeing another man at the time, Alba was “attracted to spirit.” The attraction was so strong that, luckily for Cash, he wouldn’t remain in the friend zone for long. He made sure of it. One day, Warren did something that, while a little cliché, ended up being nail in the coffin of Alba’s prior relationship.
28. Pickup Line Of The Century?
As their friendship developed, it became increasingly difficult for Jessica Alba and Cash Warren to stay “just friends.” When it’s there, it’s there, and for the two of them, the natural chemistry was too strong to resist. Finally, Cash Warren decided he would do something about it.
He was even creative about it. The assistant producer walked up to the woman of his dreams and handed her a note signed with a dollar sign (because his name is Cash). All it said was “I really, really like you.” Alba has said she felt the same way at the time he gave her the note. In fact, she was already smitten by him.
And so, just like that, Jessica Alba parted ways with her then-boyfriend in order to be with Cash Warren. “If I met Cash and I was married to somebody else, I would have to get a divorce. We make that much sense together,” she has recalled of the beginning of their time together.
Nevertheless, Warren was very jealous when they first started dating, and Jessica Alba got fed up. At one point, the actress even decided to end things with Warren. That didn’t last long, though. Just a few months later, the two were back together and Alba was pregnant. Oh, and they also got engaged! Sometimes, dramatic relationships succeed too.
30. Happily Ever After
Jessica Alba and Cash Warren wed in 2008, and have been together since their initial fallout. That’s ten years strong! The actress has since won various awards, including the Choice Actress Teen Choice Award and Saturn Award for Best Actress on Television.
But Alba has also pivoted toward the world of business, becoming an entrepreneur herself. She co-founded The Honest Company, which sells baby, personal and household products. “I’ve actually met a surprising number of people over the years who know me only from Honest. Even my kids didn’t know I was in the entertainment industry because I took a step back,” she told InStyle Magazine in August, 2019. It appears Alba was dead serious about that whole royalty thing, and she isn’t going away anytime soon. She dabbled in charity and activism as well. Frankly, who knows what she’ll do next!
Sources: Nicki Swift, Rolling Stone, Mirror
Welcome to What I Buy From My Own Brand—a special series spotlighting our favorite CEOs and beauty bosses. Here, they’ll provide context regarding what they look for and value while shopping for top-notch beauty products in addition to providing a list of the formulas they purchase from their own brands. Up next, Jessica Alba, founder of The Honest Company and Honest Beauty. Enjoy!
Clean beauty has been a focus of mine since before it became a mainstream term—even when I first launched Honest back in 2012 and no one was really talking about safe ingredients. I have very sensitive skin, and I have allergies, so I knew I wanted to create products that were safe for sensitive skin but actually worked.
My makeup routine always starts with skincare. I really believe that good makeup starts with a great, smooth canvas. I always start with a gentle cleanser, like Honest Beauty Gentle Gel Cleanser ($11), which is great for all skin types. Then I apply our Vitamin C Radiance Serum ($24) for a little glow, followed by our Hydrogel Cream ($17) to lock it all in.
For makeup, I don’t always have a lot of time in the mornings, but I like to tap Magic Beauty Balm ($12) around my eyes, high points, and Cupid’s bow. Lashes are a must for me, so I always curl my lashes and apply Extreme Length Mascara + Lash Primer ($14). Then I like to do just a little Crème Cheek Blush ($12) on my cheeks and add a lip color. (I love to tap on our Liquid Lipstick, $12, with my finger for a blurry lip-stain look.)
I’ve had so many looks over the years, but now I really love classic, feminine looks that are all about accentuating your natural beauty. I do like to get playful with my makeup sometimes, but I think it’s all about keeping the look balanced. So if I do a more dramatic eye look, I’ll wear a more neutral lip so it’s not too overpowering.
Here are the top 14 products I’d buy from my own brand and why Iove them.
Honest Beauty Magic Balm, Concealer, Brow Pencil and Mascara.
Most underrated product:
Never leave the house without:
Between the kids and the office, I usually only have about five minutes to get ready so I like to keep it simple. I start with Everything Organic Facial Oil to hydrate and wake up the skin. Then I use Honest Beauty Everything Primer, Tinted Moisturizer, and Concealer Duo. I tap Magic Balm around my eyes, high points and cupids bow. I put on Brow Filler, Crème Blush, curl my lashes, put on mascara, add a lip crayon and go!
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Alberto E. Rodriguez
A good hair day starts with:
Washing with a high quality shampoo and conditioner, Honest Beauty Moisture Milk Leave-in-Conditioner, and Honest Beauty Sea Salt Spray.
My hair colorist always says:
Don’t put heat on your hair everyday if you don’t have to.
Nails must be:
Shaped well and buffed, if nothing else.
Beauty from the inside out:
Drink water and eat as clean as possible.
I wish I worked out more, but even just getting in three days a week has been challenging for me. When I do work out, I like group spin classes.
Drink of choice:
Zico Coconut Water.
Product that you picked up from the pros:
Allegra Magic Globes, Nurse Jamie Uplift & Massaging Beauty Roller, and Joanna Vargas Bright Eye Firming Mask.
Photo by Getty.
A woman should smell like:
Joya Composition No. 1.
Appointment you’d love to nab:
I’d love to spend more time at home with my daughters cooking up our own beauty products.
I just finished The Truth. If you are in business, I love Seth Godin books. Start with Why is also great.
Beauty myth you’d like to debunk:
That oil is bad for your face. Organic, amazing oils can be great for your face no matter your skin type.
INGLEWOOD, CA – JULY 31: Jessica Alba arrives at the Teen Choice Awards 2016 at The Forum on July 31, 2016 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
Beauty advice for your younger self:
You don’t always need a full face of makeup. I actually wore too much makeup when I was a teenager. I didn’t know that there was the “no-makeup” makeup look until I was in my 20’s.
I don’t think there is anything I regret trying—beauty is about having fun and experimenting, but I probably wouldn’t do the blonde bob again.
Your next beauty look:
I’ve always wanted to try a pixie cut, but I don’t think I can pull it off, so I probably never will.
Beauty advice you will pass onto your daughters:
That being healthy, happy, and confident will always be beautiful.
Right now I’m loving timeless beauties like Rita Hayworth, Catherine Deneuve and Sophia Loren.
Wellness mantra to live by:
Get enough sleep and take time for yourself.
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Jessica Alba Swears By These 5 Beauty Products for Detoxing Her Skin
As a mom of three kids under the age of 10, it’s no surprise that Jessica Alba would need an at-home spa sesh. Last night she took to Instagram to share her routine for “detoxed and hydrated” skin. “When the kiddos are in bed mama has a little me time,” the Honest Company founder captioned a boomerang video of her face looking absolutely radiant.
In her Instagram story, Alba revealed the five products that brought on that glow. First up is (surprise, surprise) the Honest Company Bubble Bath in Dreamy Lavender ($12, target.com). Lavender is known for its calming, sleep-promoting properties, which makes the scent a nice choice for winding down at the end of the day.
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Next comes Honest Beauty Magic Balm ($18, target.com). It’s clear Alba has been hitting this product hard, since the packaging is a little beaten up. She recommends using the hydrating balm around the eyes and lips. Makeup artists often keep it in their kit for other purposes as well: You can apply it to eyelids for the trendy eye gloss look that’s so popular right now, or on cheekbones for a natural dewy look.
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After that, Alba gets into masking with the Honest Beauty Detox Mud Mask ($20, target.com). She writes, “apply a liberal amount and let sit for 10-15 minutes while in hot bath, which means your pores are open.”
She’s certainly right about that: Hot water and steam are great for opening up pores, allowing whatever product you use to penetrate deeper and work harder.
This mask packs a detoxifying trifecta of Jeju volcanic ash, activated charcoal, and refined white bentonite, all known for drawing out impurities.
If you have combination or oily skin, it’s fine to use this mask all over. But if you’re on the drier side, target areas that are prone to congestion like the forehead, nose, and chin.
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Following her detox mask, Jessica has the right idea to replenish moisture using a hydrating mask. She uses one from her friend Marianna Hewitt’s new-to-market line, Summer Fridays. The brand’s Jet Lag Mask ($48, sephora.com) has been making waves on social media since its launch last week, and has already sold out on their site. Other famous fans of the mask include The Bachelor’s Becca Tilley and celebrity esthetician Shani Darden.
The ceramide-laced mask goes on pretty clear once you rub it in thoroughly, and you can either rinse it off after 10 minutes or sleep in it for an extra hydration boost. Jessica’s comment: “It feels great on the skin.”
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As her last step, Alba applies Honest Beauty Organic Facial Oil ($36, target.com) to cleansed skin, and again brings out the Magic Balm for her lips. If this is all it takes to get Alba’s glow, sign us up!
It may be hard to believe, but Jessica Alba is even more beautiful in real life than she is on screen. She’s one of those people who radiates from the inside out, and who you want to stand as close to as possible, simply for the sake of soaking up her awesomeness—and stealing some of her skin-care tips.
So, you’d better bet that when Alba sits down to share some of her beauty secrets, we listen…and make sure we’ve got a camera rolling. For our latest episode of The Avocado Show, the mogul revealed exactly how she applies her products in order to get her glow so good. Her fool-proof formula? Well, it involves four skin-care must-haves: serum, moisturizer, cleanser, and oil (catch the full video above to see how she layers them).
She’s onto something. The oh-so-glowy actress has become a force in the lifestyle and beauty spaces since launching The Honest Company in 2011, and from the brand’s inception, she’s been committed to giving consumers clean products that they can feel really, really good about slathering on their faces. In terms of clean beauty, this brand isn’t just about what’s on the “no list” (though they’ve nixed parabens, PEGs, phthalates, fragrance, and dyes), it’s also about tapping good-for-skin ingredients such as retinol, vitamin C, and hyaluronic acid.
“Clean is using safe ingredients, but also effective , and that is what Honest Beauty stands for,” Alba says. “When I launched my company…I really wanted to create an alternative to what’s out there and available for people, making products that are truly effective and can hold up, and stand up, to conventional with more trusted, safer ingredients.”
The two-fold approach of keeping potential irritants out, while using a blend of powerful (and Alba’s fave: avocado oil in more than one product) ingredients, consistently make the cleansers, serums, and moisturizers some of our drugstore faves. Oh, and if you’re looking for makeup, the brand’s haul is pretty great, too: The new liquid lipstick stays put all day long (I’m actually wearing it in “Forever New” right now).
Check out the video above to find out more about her routine, plus what she eats for breakfast, whether she’s partial to a cat eye or red lip, and why it’s time to retire the whole “Super Mom” thing. Basically, if you have a question, we probably answered it from this clean beauty mogul.
Bobbi Brown also shared some of her top tips with us over avocado, as did Rebecca Minkoff. You’re welcome.
Before meeting human lightbeam Jessica Alba, I polled ELLE editors and readers for beauty questions, and all I got was “her glow!” We hoped for a luminizer recommendation or the name of a punishing diet, but like Beyoncé, J.Lo, and Gisele, the actress/CEO probably gets her shine from a combination of hydration, sleep, family, good genes, and in Alba’s case—let’s be real—helming a billion dollar business, The Honest Company.
Still, Alba let us in on a few beauty secrets that we can all adopt. As the face of Zico, naturally she’s big on coconut water, but there’s also room for rosé on the Alba plan.
On her skincare routine
Every morning and every night I do my thing. Cleanse, moisturize, and eye cream. The whole shebang. I cleanse. I use face oil. And a cream in the day. And at night, I use a night cream. Right now, because we’re working on Honest, I’ve been trying out a lot trial products that I’m working on, so it’s all my own stuff. I’ve been doing that for almost a year now. For sunscreen, I like La Roche-Posay mineral sunscreen. The fluid, really thin one. They just kind of disappear and they’re not too heavy. They’re great under makeup.
On her hair
I think using conditioner on my ends all the time ; even if I don’t wash my hair all the time I always use conditioner and I’ll wash just the root. That’s my normal go-to. And any kind of time you can sit in the bath and put a deep conditioner in your hair. Again it’s about hydration. I don’t like anything with too much fragrance. I like Phyto products and John Masters products.
On her signature scent
I use essential oils most of the time, like jasmine, vanilla, and lavender. They just smell really nice. Better than smelling funky.
On her glow
I think hydration and taking care of yourself and making sure you’re internally balanced, because that shows on the outside – especially the dehydration. As you get older, you really see it on your face. So staying well-hydrated is a good one. And getting moving. So sort of blood circulation, movement, and exercise helps.
On beauty imports
A friend of mine from work brought this lip mask from Korea and I put it on. They were really happy I wasn’t talking for 20 minutes. I like the collagen eye mask. It’s like the same thing that goes on the lip but it goes right under the eye. I felt like it smoothed everything out.
On getting red carpet ready
I think staying hydrated is the way to do it, so I drink Zico water. And I do try to cut out refined sugars, flour, and fried foods. I don’t eat a ton of bread. Just any kind of carbs I cut if I’m going to be doing a photoshoot. And a hot yoga class. Or a spinning class. Because then you kind of sweat it out.
On her ideal de-stressing, beautifying day
I would sleep in, have my husband bring me coffee in bed, hang out with my kids, and go to bed early. Like 8 o’clock. That would be nice. Maybe a glass or two of rosé in there.
As if it wasn’t hard enough to leave Target without a full cart, the retailer now carries Honest Beauty products after years of only being sold on their own website and at Ulta. The natural product line, founded by actress and mother of two Jessica Alba, arrived at Target on March 26th with over 30 skin-care and makeup products to shop. In celebration of the new partnership, Alba sat down with Chica to talk all things beauty including her favorite tip as a Latina, what new products are coming, and much more.
Why did you decide to bring Honest Beauty to Target?
I decided to bring Honesty Beauty to Target because they’ve been such great partners. I just love that they are thinking about the guests in different ways. They are looking for more immersive experiences for them and bringing in higher quality products. Honesty Beauty is really about clean beauty that works.
What are your best beauty tips?
Definitely match your shade! Don’t wear something that’s too dark or too light, shade matching is very important. Don’t over-powder; that’s something that we all learn when we started wearing makeup. It never looks that good, so only powder where you need to. And definitely wash your face every night.
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Are there any beauty tips or tricks that you learned from your Latina roots?
From my Mexican grandmother, yes as a matter of fact. Red Lipstick. It was like her armor. She wore it on her lips, on her cheeks, even on her eyelids. She used that one product, the first one all-in-one stick. I definitely do that same trick.
As the Honest Beauty brand continues to grow, can we expect any new products this year?
Honest Beauty and Target is huge for us and we’re so excited that so many people have access to it through Target. Later on this year we are expanding into home cleaning. We’re completely revamping our cleaning line.
Where do you get your inspiration from when it comes to Honest Beauty?
I was really inspired by my time in the makeup chair. I’ve been an actress for 20 years and really wanting high quality and clean beauty products, ones that actually worked. The ones out there, prior to Honest Beauty, made me feel like I was just putting different layers of dirt on my face. It wasn’t really like the beauty products that are conventional. To be able to get the payoff that you would get from traditional or conventional makeup but with alternative clean ingredients is really what I was looking for.
With so many clean beauty brands entering the market, what is it about Honest Beauty that you think stands out to consumers?
I don’t think there is any other brand that stands by the quality of ingredients that we have. We do have very strict standards and we’re completely transparent about what’s in our products. Every single ingredient is listed on the packaging. If you go to our website, you can dive even deeper into why we chose certain ingredients versus others.
Who were your beauty icons growing up?
Definitely my mom and my grandmother. My grandmother was the one product everywhere and my mom was the every product everywhere. She would even wear two different shades of rouge for blush and wore five different shades of eyeshadow. She really went for it. I just love that she always played and always had fun with makeup.
Speaking of kids, what beauty advice have you passed on to your daughters?
I really try to emphasize, more than anything is that confidence is beautiful and kindness is beautiful. As long as they walk through life with humility and having empathy, then they’ll be great. There’s nothing uglier than someone’s who is selfish, mean-spirited and mean.
Being an actress, mom and entrepreneur, what beauty lessons did you learn from each of these roles in your life?
Being the actress is probably the most insecure of all the hats that I could wear because so much of your reality is based off of other people’s opinions and not your own. Your career is kind of dictated based off of other people’s opinions in an industry that at the end of the day doesn’t have your back. As an entrepreneur, I just realized how important it is to support other women and to really create an environment where people feel valued and inspired.
Honest Beauty is now available at Target stores and Target.com!
Reporting by Pia Velasco.
Ladies: how to dress for your body type July 2nd, 2018
Ladies: how to dress for your body type
Every body is unique and there is a recommended style for each of these body types. We’ll be looking at the five most common body types and what are the best items of clothing to wear to accentuate that body type.
It’s not to say that your current style is wrong or that you cannot wear anything other than what’s recommended for your body type. It’s a guide for those who have never been confident in their clothing.
What is your body type?
The first thing you’ll need to figure out is what your body type is. You’ll need to measure your shoulders, bust, waist and hips. Below are the five common body types we’ll be looking at today. Please note that the term “heavier” used in the descriptions refer to body proportion and not weight.
- Apple shape: An apple-shaped person generally has shoulders that are broader than their hips and a larger chest, making the top half of their body seem heavier than the bottom half. Apple shapes also tend to have full waists. The arms, legs and hips, however, are the slim parts of the body. Angelina Jolie, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Jennifer Hudson are examples of women with the apple-shaped body type.
- Pear shape: Pear-shaped body types are opposite to apple-shaped in that their bottom half (hips, butt and thighs) are heavier than the top half. In measurement terms, your hips are wider than your shoulders and you have a fuller waist. Kim Kardashian is famous for her pear-shaped form, as are Beyoncé and Eva Longoria.
- Rectangle shape: Rectangular-shaped bodies have their shoulders and hips in proportion to each other. If you’re rectangular, you don’t necessarily have defining curves and your weight is evenly distributed throughout your body. Cameron Diaz is one celebrity with this body type.
- Inverted triangle shape: Like the apple shape, the inverted triangle body type has broad shoulders, except more so than in an apple-shape. This is a common body type for athletes. Charlize Theron and Jessica Alba are inverted triangle-shaped celebrities you could look to for reference.
- Hourglass shape: And, lastly, we have the hourglass body shape. This is when your top half is in proportion with your bottom half but you have a smaller waist area and, therefore, can proudly say you have curves. Celebrities with an hourglass figure include Jennifer Lopez, Scarlett Johansson and Rihanna.
For the apples
Apple-shaped bodies types should dress to accentuate the slimmer parts of their body (arms and legs). When it comes to tops, V-neck styles are what you want to show off your bust and flowy tunics and button-ups are also a great top-style option. When it comes to winter time, don’t be afraid to layer with a jacket that sits right on the hip or upper thigh.
Dresses are another staple clothing item that should be in your wardrobe. Strapless, low-neck and shift dresses should be your top choices. And when it comes to slimming-illusions, prints, diagonal stripes and dark colours are what you’re looking for. And as for bottoms, you can pretty much wear what you like. For a perfect combination outfit, match a flowy top with fitted skinny jeans or leggings.
For the pears
Pear-shaped body types should dress to make the body look longer than it is. Scoop and cowl-neck tops are great options for this body type. Fitted tops are a great way to accentuate your narrow shoulders and waist and, lucky for you, you can pull it off with bright colours and bold patterns.
Princess-cut and waist-length jackets are best suited to pear body shapes as well as everything A-line. As for your bottoms, bootcut and flare pants or jeans should be your go-to items. A superpower “pears” have over most other body types is that they can get away with all the earrings, chunky statement necklaces and, to top it all off, wide-brimmed hats. Have fun ladies.
For the rectangles
The goal here is to create curves that aren’t there. This means that rectangle-shaped bodies should be wearing halter and racerback-style tops with a bomber jacket or flowy jacket. When it comes to bottoms, you’re going to want to complement whatever is happening at the top (flowy top with tight jeans, for example). But, generally, a structured pant and almost any skirt, will suit your body shape.
For the inverted triangles
When it comes to tops, inverted triangle body shapes do better with V-necks and simplicity. Keep the ruffles (if there need to be) in your skirt or bottom-wear. Tighter tops will flatter your shoulders and arms and pencil skirts and skinny jeans should be your everyday clothing items. Wrap-style clothing is also a great staple to have in this body type’s closet.
For the hourglasses
And the hourglasses. If this is your body type, your wardrobe rule is pretty simple: fitted. Fitted tops will highlight your tiny waist and embrace your curves. You won’t need to rely on clothing styles to balance your shoulder-to-hip ratio like the other body shapes do. Be careful of flowy dresses and rather, to be on the safe side, wear a waist belt so people know it’s there. And skinny jeans and leggings (fitted is the rule, remember) are all you’ll ever need in your closet to make you feel great about your hourglass figure.
You know what you’re comfortable with wearing, showing and accentuating. Now make a list of clothing stores in South Africa you want to visit, and get busy building that new wardrobe.
Why Jessica Alba Isn’t Afraid of Aging
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You might assume Jessica Alba would be content with her successful billion-dollar Honest Company empire. But with the introduction of Honest Beauty (now available at Target), she proved that with her business savvy, there’s no category (even one as competitive as the beauty industry) that she can’t tackle. And it’s not the only area of growth for the actress and businesswoman-Jessica just announced she’s pregnant with baby number three. As part of her new campaign with Zico, we chatted with Jessica about everything from her summer skin-care and makeup tips to how she’s raising daughters to be confident women in an Instagram-obsessed world.
She never talks bad about herself.
“I talk to my daughters about how what really makes someone beautiful is how kind they are, being genuinely happy, and not being mean-spirited and grumpy. I talk about how it’s all of those things that make someone a beauty, not necessarily anything physical. And when it comes to body confidence, I make a point to never talk badly about myself. They’re sponges, so not putting myself down in front of them is important. But my daughters are pretty perceptive and they’re aware when they see something that’s Photoshopped. They’ll say, ‘Oh that’s airbrushed, they’re selling something.’ They’ve seen all the filters on Snapchat so they know! I educate them and tell them it’s all fantasy and about playing a pretend character. When you pretend that it’s not a fantasy is where you get into trouble because people are holding themselves to standards that are just not realistic.”
She shows her daughters her business grind.
“I try not to put too much emphasis on the acting and entertainment side, they’re not really exposed to it. I put more emphasis on the other side of what I do . I think it’s nice for Honor to see me work, so I bring her on business trips to New York and take her out of her bubble. I bring her on legit business meetings with investors, and she’ll just sit outside the glass conference room and be bored, but that’s good for her. I think it’s important for her to see her mom grind.”
She launched Honest Beauty for this important health reason.
“I didn’t want beauty products that only worked some of the time. I wanted them to work for the red carpet, I wanted them to work on a movie set, and I wanted them to work at home. There wasn’t anyone addressing the marketplace from that perspective. And I wanted everything to be about the quality. You know, there are over 1,200 chemicals that are banned in the EU just in personal care alone. And here it’s like, 11. We’re guinea pigs. Everything that’s touching your skin is going to affect you in some way. And it’s not just one ingredient in one product-it’s the buildup of what’s in your deodorant, your hair care, your nail polish, your skin product-it’s everything we use that’s going to accumulatively affect our health.”
She swears by this 5-minute makeup routine (and a ton of water) for glowing skin.
“I never leave the house without makeup. Even if I’m working out, I always at least have concealer on to cover dark circles or blemishes. (And sometimes I’ll put on a de-puffing eye cream too.) Then I’ll put on a cream blush, a chapstick, and something called a magic balm that I’ll use to highlight certain high points of my face. So that’s my 5-minute ‘I gotta get out the door’ routine. If I’m going to work, I’ll usually do a little bronzer, mascara, and a brow filler, but that’s kind of it. For my skin, I use a face oil without moisturizer because it’s too heavy on my skin with the humidity.” (Read more about her beauty and exercise routine.)
“I also drink a ton of water all the time. I feel like that always helps. So does packing in more veggies, lean protein, good fats, and fruit. I don’t have a lot of whole grains in my diet. But really my skin looks best when I sleep-when I’m on vacation it’s perfect.” (Check out her go-to workout smoothie recipes next.)
Why she says she actually can’t wait to age.
“My advice to anyone struggling with is: turn 30 or have a kid. Both those things really helped me. I think it’s true that you get better with age. It’s weird cause society tells women that you’re at your peak when you’re like 18! But when you’re over 30 is when you really start to kind of get your feet underneath you. I’m 36 now and I feel great. And I think in my 40s I’m gonna be really dope. I’m really looking forward to that. Because you hope that you’re not kind of going backward in life and that you’re always learning and getting better. I think if you ever want to have kids you should just do it. A lot my friends want to hold out for everything to be perfect-the house, the partner, the job-but truth is there’s never a good time to do it. And after it happens, it’s awesome.”
- By Kylie Gilbert @KylieMGilbert