Jessica Alba opens up about being “objectified” as an actress in the new Marie Claire

Jessica Alba lands the June cover of Marie Claire. I think the cover and inside photo are both beautiful! She looks great.

In the interview, Jessica opens up about how awful it is to be considered “sexy” (poor thing), and how that made her feel objectified.

On being typecast as sexy: “I had a show [Fox’s ‘Dark Angel’] that premiered when I was 19. And right away, everyone formed a strong opinion about me because of the way I was marketed. I was supposed to be sexy, this tough action girl. That’s what people expected…I felt like I was being objectified, and it made me uncomfortable. I wanted to be chic and elegant!”

On gaining confidence: “Now that I’m older, I’ve learned how to own it, but I’m still not very overt. There are some women who dress for men. I dress for myself. It took me some time to get here. Being a mom and feeling grown-up have helped. Now if I’m going to wear something short, it has to have a high neck or a little sci-fi toughness to it, an edge.”

On her former sexy image: “I like to get positive attention. But if I have a choice between someone noticing in a negative way what I’m wearing and going, What was she thinking? or someone not noticing what I’m wearing, I would rather not make a statement at all and just have a good conversation instead.”

Thing that also must be tough for Alba is she’s actually a pretty horrible actress. If she were hot AND a good actress, that would be something. But she’s really not – so she gets all the stupid “hot girl” roles smarter actresses might steer away from. So maybe now is a good time to focus on her The Honest Company, and skip acting for a bit.

From what I hear – her company is doing really amazing things!


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