Actress Jessica Alba says that even though she’s been a sort of sex symbol in Hollywood since the age of 19, she’s never felt more confident and self-assured about herself and her body image now that she’s a mother of two. The celebrity mom opens up to Marie Claire about her early days as a Dark Angel actress, where she is now in her life and how motherhood has helped change her.
Here are some highlights from the interview:
On being showcased in Maxim-ready looks early in her career: “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 how she has grown more assured of herself in recent years: “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, sexier self: “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.”