Jessica Alba: I was marketed wrong
Jessica Alba felt she was "objectified" early on in her career.
The actress landed a lead role in the US TV show Dark Angel and claims she was expected to wear numerous sexy outfits to boost viewing figures. Jessica didn't enjoy the attention surrounding her appearance and wanted to be known as an actress rather than a sex symbol.
"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 the latest issue of US magazine Marie Claire. "I felt like I was being objectified, and it made me uncomfortable. I wanted to be chic and elegant!"
Jessica now feels more confident about her body.
She is happily married to Cash Warren and they have two daughters together. Jessica believes becoming a mother changed her outlook and she has embraced how she looks.
The 31-year-old has recalled feeling acutely embarrassed whenever she attended red carpet events, as everyone focused on her appearance.
"I was supposed to be sexy, this tough action girl," she explained. "That's what people expected."
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