On the worst part of working out:
“I don’t like the smell of scalp sweat. Ugh!”
On skipping workouts:
“If I work out four times, I consider it a successful week. But it’s typically more like two to three days a week because that’s what I have time for. I take Spin or hot yoga classes in the morning, and I sacrifice sleep to fit them in. For me, the benefits of exercise are more mental than physical. Working out takes away that little edge so that I feel happier and more productive and my brain can get kick-started.”
On the right food:
“With exercise, I get a little more toned and I definitely feel stronger, but my diet is much more important if I’m trying to slim down. In that case, I usually don’t eat gluten, dairy, fried foods or processed foods. I try to stick to a diet that’s low in sugar and carbs and high in lean protein and vegetables.”
On her indulgences:
“I’m not big on carbs, but…some of my Honest colleagues and I just ate like a gallon of popcorn! Also, while I don’t usually have dessert, I do really like strawberry shortcake. I mean I really, really like it.”
… says Jessica.
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On her favorite type of clothing:
A midi skirt is my jam. Floor-length is a bit too dressy for daytime, and I am not running around in a mini. It doesn’t feel very professional. Midi skirts are youthful and fun, and they make me feel comfortable.
On preparing her outfits ahead:
I usually pick out my outfits the night before and I pick out my kids’ clothes the night before and it just helps me get prepared for the day. If I am in a rush, which I usually am, I can just throw on my clothes and get out the door. It’s nice to lay it out the night before because it just makes getting out the door that much easier. But if you feel insecure at all in what you’re wearing, put on something else.
On the item she would never wear:
I don’t do booty shorts. It’s not my jam. I’m not a cutoffs with the booty hanging person. I tried it once when I was 11, and my grandmother backflipped. She was like, ‘What are you doing?!’ So you will never see my buttcheeks in shorts. But in a professional setting, you can wear shorts and a blazer and wedges and a silk blouse and it can probably be appropriate. It depends how you pair it all together.
On dressing for women:
I probably dress more for myself and other women than I do for men. I never dress for that type of attention. Even if I am going for date night or girls night out, I’m like ‘Oh, I hope my girlfriends really like these shoes!’ I never think about a dude. But I think you just have to wear stuff that makes you feel good. It’s more about your confidence. You can wear a T-shirt and jeans and Birkenstocks or you can wear a bodycon dress and a pump or you could wear a wide-leg trouser and a crop top. You can wear anything if you’re confident.
… says Jessica.
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Left: 25 year-old Jessica Alba, looking thin and toned in a two-piece back in 2006.
Right: 10 years and 2 kids later, Jessica still looks amazing in a bikini, only now she is very fond of pineapple patterns instead of black and white zebra prints.
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On her sex-symbol status back in the days:
My sexuality made me very uncomfortable. I remember my first Maxim shoot, they were telling me to pose a certain way, and I was like, “Agh! I’m 19. I’m a virgin. I don’t even know how to do that.” It was so awkward.
… says Jessica.
Pictured here: the actress in 2002, when she was 21 years-old.