Jessica Alba credits motherhood with helping her overcome her insecurities.
In a new essay for InStyle, the 38-year-old actress and founder of the Honest Company revealed becoming a mother has transformed how she views herself and her body.
“Looking back, when I shot my first InStyle cover, I was insecure,” Alba said about her 2007 milestone. “I felt like I needed to be someone I wasn’t in order to be accepted. I allowed other people’s ideas of who they thought I should be to define me.”
After giving birth to daughters Honor and Haven, Alba said she began learning to embrace her “womanhood” in her early 30s and reclaim her image from that of a “Sin City” sex symbol.
“I also stopped allowing myself to be objectified in the press through a male’s perspective,” she said. “Screw that, man. It’s OK to be sexy. It’s OK to wear a short skirt or a loud print if I feel like it because I own it in my own way. I can flaunt what I want, and still feel good.”
Stepping away from the spotlight in 2012 was a conscious choice for the California native, who was determined to make the Honest Company a success despite having a college education. Within just five years, the Honest Company was valued at just under $1 billion.
Alba, who stars alongside Gabrielle Union in the new series “L.A’s Finest” credits her age with helping her avoid obsessing over getting her “pre-baby body” after giving birth to her third child, son Hayes in 2017.
“Who am I now? I give zero f-cks,” she told the magazine. “I have three children. They’ve exploded my body, and I’m cool with it. And I know I’m smart. I don’t care what everybody else thinks. I’m good, girl. I’m good.”