Jessica Alba has revealed that she felt "objectified" when she was younger.
The 31-year-old actress wanted to prove she was more than just a pretty face with a sexy figure when she starred in sci-fi TV series, Dark Angel, in 2000.
"I had a show that premiered when I was 19. And right away, everyone formed a strong opinion about me because of the way I was marketed," she told US Marie Claire.
"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," she added.
Jessica - who has two daughters with husband Cash Warren - admitted that when she's not on the red carpet, she gladly swaps high heels for a more practical option.
"I'm not going to wear stilettos, for example - even kitten heels are kind of pushing it - during the day. I wear boots, ballet flats and sneakers, but mostly boots. They're stable, easy to wear," she said.
Nowadays, she tries not to be overly sexy.
"Now that I'm older, I've learned how to own it, but I'm still not very overt," she explained.
"There are some women who dress for men. I dress for myself. It took me some time to get here. Being a mum 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."