Va Va Voom, Jessica Alba! The multitasking mom, (and mogul!), looked sensational in a red hot get-up on the cover of ‘Cosmopolitan’ magazine’s March issue. Inside, she opened up about her career and equal pay.
Jessica Alba, 34, is on top of the world. With her successful business, film career and family life in order, she also has one of the best bodies in Hollywood — and she looks amazing showing it off on the March 2016 issue of Cosmopolitan.
The star currently runs the Honest company, but she opened up about her early acting aspirations. “I always wanted to be a big action star, to be as relevant as men. I was very aggressive with the vision and manifesting it,” she said.
She also addressed the issue of equal pay. “There are not as many women in government titles, business titles. It’s just not equal. And until there is equality, you’re going to feel that no matter what industry you’re in. But from day one, I was like, girls should have an equal seat at the table. Take Jennifer Lawrence. I mean, she’s opening movies—she’s the box office draw as much as any guy in the movie, if not more. She should be compensated for that,” she said.
She also opened up about the importance of remaining confident in your expertise — especially when it comes to business. “I’m in a man’s world in business. But I know what women want— [men] don’t… Whenever [male colleagues] question me in meetings, I’m like, ‘Go home and ask your wife. This is a pointless conversation. Go home and talk to her.’ When we were talking about package designs, I was like, ‘Are you really giving me notes on packaging for feminine care? I literally can’t with you.’”
While she was marketed as a major babe throughout her acting career, she admitted that she wasn’t always comfortable with that position. “Most of my life, I identified more with my masculine side. I was kind of aggressive and super masculine in my early 20s—even into my mid- 20s. I got boobs when I was young… and I was like, What do I do?… I was never the girl who they marketed. I was always feeling angry, like an imposter. I learned how to be cool with the feminine later in life,” she said.
For more from Jess, be sure to scoop up the March issue of Cosmopolitan.