Tuesday 25 June 2019

'I was meant to feel ashamed if I tempted men' - Jessica Alba gets candid about her relationship with her body

Jessica Alba at the Oscars Vanity Fair Party 2017. Picture: REUTERS/Danny Moloshok
Jessica Alba at the Oscars Vanity Fair Party 2017. Picture: REUTERS/Danny Moloshok
Jessica Alba arrives for the 2019 Vanity Fair Oscar Party at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 24, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix / AFP)
Jessica Alba and Cash Warren attend the 2017 Baby2Baby gala at 3labs in Culver City, November 11, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / CHRIS DELMASCHRIS DELMAS/AFP/Getty Images
Jessica Alba and producer Cash Warren at the Oscars Vanity Fair Party 2017. Picture: REUTERS/Danny Moloshok
Jessica Alba visits "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" at Rockefeller Center on August 25, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for NBC)
Jessica Alba visits "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" at Rockefeller Center on August 25, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for NBC)
Actress Jessica Alba attends the Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce hosting EXPERIENCE: East Meets West event at Crustacean on February 5, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Rodrigo Vaz/FilmMagic)
Actress Jessica Alba of "Dark Angel" arrives at the 27th Annual People's Choice Awards January 7, 2001 in Pasadena, CA. (Photo by Chris Weeks/Liaison)

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Jessica Alba "stopped eating" so much so she wouldn't "preyed upon".

The 'Sin City' actress has spoken out about her issues with body image, and she admitted during her early days working in the movie industry she was urged by her family to hide her body from men.

Speaking at the Goop health summit in Los Angeles, the 38-year-old star said: "I was meant to feel ashamed if I tempted men. Then I stopped eating a lot when I became an actress. I made myself look more like a boy so I wouldn't get as much attention."

Jessica revealed her family told her not to wear jeans which emphasised her "voluptuous" body and "booty", while she explained how she felt "preyed upon" by men.

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Actress Jessica Alba of "Dark Angel" arrives at the 27th Annual People's Choice Awards January 7, 2001 in Pasadena, CA. (Photo by Chris Weeks/Liaison)

She added: "Nothing about being successful in this business is easy. You can't be bitter."

Meanwhile, she has opened up in the past about her insecurities as an actress because she didn't attend theatre school,haye but she has insisted she has more "confidence" in herself nowadays, which she says has helped her become "successful in life".

The Golden Globe award winner - who has Honor, 10, and Haven, seven, and Hayes, 16 months, whom she has with her husband Cash Warren - previously said: "I even felt inferior saying I was an actress without being classically trained. It took me a while to find my confidence.

"I may not be the best actress ever, but do I have my moments? Definitely. And don't underestimate street smarts - all of that hustle and life experiences. You have to roll with the punches - that's how you're going to be successful in life."

She launched The Honest Company - a consumer goods company that emphasises ethical household products - back in 2011, and has said she's only just begun labelling herself as "smart", because she used to believe that not having a "conventional" education made her less intelligent.

She added: "When I was younger, I thought I wasn't smart. I didn't have a conventional or higher education. Now, after starting a business, I feel OK with identifying myself as smart."

Cash Warren (L) and Jessica Alba arrive for the 2019 Vanity Fair Oscar Party at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 24, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix / AFP)
Cash Warren (L) and Jessica Alba arrive for the 2019 Vanity Fair Oscar Party at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 24, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix / AFP)

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