Archive: Jessica Alba

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!

Jessica Alba opens up in candid interview with Allure Magazine!

Jessica Alba may be undeniably sexy, but it wasn’t until she actually had a baby of her own, she says, that she understood or appreciated her own sexuality. “I was quite shy with it,” she says. “It wasn’t something I embraced until I had my daughter. I saw how incredible and amazing it is to be a woman and to be able to create a life.

“There’s a reason why certain areas of the body are desirable—because it all leads to reproduction. There’s a science behind it all. It’s not just to sell whatever you’re selling on a billboard or a magazine or a movie.”

Alba has strong feelings about nudity. In all her movies, she says, “At least I’m still covered. I’m wearing as much as a bathing suit. It’s not like I’m naked. I’m not terribly comfortable with being in a bikini, but covering up my genitals is different than not covering up my genitals, at the end of the day. I do see a difference in that, to put it really frankly.” Here, she poses in a satin gown by Derek Lam.

After her first pregnancy, Alba (shown here with hairstylist Danilo) worked hard to get back into shape, and she was successful—up to a point. “I can’t ever get down to the weight I was before I had Honor,” she says. “My body’s just different. The jeans just sort of zip up differently, and things hang differently. It’s a miracle what happens, but you definitely are different afterward.” She laughs. “Unless you’re Gisele.”

Alba was recently horrified by a tabloid story in which a young woman had sought to recapture the attention of an ex-boyfriend by being surgically altered to look more like the actress. “That’s just so bizarre, because the physical is so fleeting anyway,” she says. “And when you’re in a relationship, the physical lasts for, maximum, two years. And then you don’t care how attractive you are to that person—if they drive you nuts, they drive you nuts.”

Danilo clipped in long extensions for some shots but removed them for the cover. “I wanted to work with the effortlessness of her bob,” he says. He created spiral curls with a large iron, parted her hair on the side, and loosened the curls with a mixed-bristle brush. For the cover shot, Alba wore a silk-jersey-and-leather dress by Derek Lam.

Makeup artist Pati Dubroff used red and brown shades for “an ethereal, wood-nymph look.” First, Dubroff dusted a reddish-brown-colored shadow on Alba’s lids and swiped a glossy lipstick pencil on top. She then lined the actress’s eyes with a brown pencil and applied a few coats of black mascara. Next, she swept a generous amount of rosy blush onto the apples of the cheeks. As a final step, the makeup artist used her fingers to tap on nude lipstick, which softened Alba’s lip color.

For her Allure cover, Alba was photographed at Franklin Canyon Lake—a picturesque part of a 605-acre park overlooking the Los Angeles skyline. Her daughter, Honor, visited the set and stayed to watch her pose for a few shots.

At the cover shoot, Alba gave pregnant manicurist April Foreman tips on changing diapers. “You’ll want to practice before you have the baby,” she says. The actress joked with photographer Michael Thompson about her own bump—Alba was also pregnant when he shot her for the June 2008 Allure cover.

Alba, on approaching her thirtieth birthday: “According to some people, I peaked in my early 20s,” she says with a chuckle. “I was like, ‘Oh, really? I feel like I’m getting better.’”

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Baby Fever Hits Hollywood

There seems to be baby fever in Tinseltown these days with celebrities like Kate Hudson, Jessica Alba, and Natalie Portman expecting special deliveries later this year. Well, before these mommies-to-be (and all other pregnant women out there) hear the pitter-patter of little feet, they should make sure to take the time to indulge themselves. Helen Ambrosen, LUSH product creator and mother of two, recommends these pre-natal products to do just that:

Therapy Massage Bar ($9.95) – ladies, take advantage of your significant other’s  hands while you have the chance and make them rub you from head to toe with this certified organic moisturizing bar. And don’t forget to massage Therapy on your bump to help prevent stretch marks. The cocoa and shea butter mix with neroli oil to moisturize dry skin and improve its flexibility and elasticity.

Butterball Bath Bomb ($4.95) – a celeb favorite (knocked up or not), this bath bomb is loaded with creamy cocoa butter to moisturize and calming ylang ylang. So, turn out the lights, put on some soothing tunes, fill the tub with warm water and toss in Butterball for a relaxing bath after a long day.

Herbalism Facial Cleanser ($13 for ¼ lb) – with pregnancy comes hormones…and lots of them. Attack acne (one side effect) by using this cleanser made with kaolin clay, ground almonds, stimulating rosemary, dirty defying nettle powder, and soothing chamomile.

Henna ($22.95) – since hair cannot be chemically colored during the first trimester, grab one of LUSH’s hair hennas. With four colors to choose from, our henna (sourced from Iran) is mixed with other natural ingredients like coffee and fresh lemon juice to naturally add color to hair.


Must Have for Celeb Mommies

In the wake of the recent Hollywood baby-boom, the red-carpet at the upcoming Oscars will undeniably be flooded with a plethora of baby bumps. Pregnant celebs such as Kate Hudson, Victoria Beckham, Natalie Portman, Selma Blair and the newly pregnant Jessica Alba are sure to get plenty of notice for their maternity style. And how will they perfect their looks? With none other than celebrity skincare expert Mama Mio, of course!


While expecting Honor in 2008, Jessica Alba embraced her pregnant physique and notably stellar style by highlighting her assets on the red carpet. We know she’ll do the same this time around by using her favorite Mama Mio product: Boob Tube Bust and Neck Firmer ($45; www.mamamio.com). This crinkle-fighting formula promotes firmer, fitter, glowing, dewy, youthful skin from the neck down, a must when preparing for a revealing neckline on the red carpet. CoQ10 helps defy gravity while Omega 3, 6 and 9 keep your neck and décolleté looking firm and plump. Milk Thistle, Evening Primrose Oil and Sweet Almond Oil maintain moisture for healthy, brilliant skin.

The amazingly beautiful Selma Blair showed off her maternity glow at the recent Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. You too can achieve a soft sheen like Selma’s by using her favorite Mama Mio product: O-Mega™ Body Oil ($35; www.mamamio.com) Free of carriers and emollients, this formula is 100% replenishing moisture. Truly superfood for the skin, Mama Mio’s magic mix of natural Argan, Safflower, Sweet Almond and Jojoba oils delivers much-needed Omegas 3, 6 and 9 to nourish and elasticize the skin for a noticeable and immediate difference. Thirsty skin drinks up the quenching blend instantly as it quickly sinks in, locks in moisture and throws away the key.

The always fashionable Victoria Beckham never lets her pregnancies get in the way of style! Pregnant with her fourth child, the Mama Mio Skincare fan was recently spotted in Heathrow wearing her signature stilettos. At this year’s Oscars, other pregnant celebs can also brave the red carpet in heels with the help of Mama Mio Lucky Legs ($19; www.mamamio.com). Developed to relieve legs and feet when exhausted, swollen, heavy, and in need of intense refreshment, this mini-spa treatment glides on to instantly cool and ease weary limbs—from knees to tippy toes. Lucky Legs is formulated with V-Tonic, a blend of safe, essential oils handpicked to relieve pain and lighten heavy legs with a tingly cool sensation. 80% of women tested reported immediate relief! Menthol and Spearmint cool and refresh as Aloe Vera and Chamomile calm and Yarrow helps skin tone.

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