Jessica Alba: “People just saw me as this girl in a bikini”

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Jessica Alba may have a banging  bikini body, but that’s not all she is, she tells Forbes — and she can prove it hello The Honest Company (valued at $1 billion…yes you read that right $1 billion). “People just saw me as this girl in a bikini in movies kicking butt — maybe not the brightest bulb. It took three and a half years of condescending nods and pats on the back of ‘good luck’, or ‘go back to endorsing things or go do a perfume.’”

Jessica credits the idea for her company over an itchy from a baby detergent during her first pregnancy—the same detergent her mother used when she was child. “I read the box and I couldn’t figure it out. I went online and researched, and figured out this particular detergent was very different in 1981 when my mother used it on me.”

She continued, “Bringing these items into our homes is such an intimate thing, to put it next to your newborn child. My mother had cervical cancer at 23. My grandmother died of stomach cancer. I grew up with people being ill. This has got to stop. My friends in their 20s shouldn’t have a hard time getting pregnant.”

Congrats on the success!

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