In an essay published for her recent cover of InStyle magazine, Jessica Alba revealed that her perception of her body has changed over the past decade, and that she is totally fine with the way she looks these days and doesn't care what anyone thinks.
"Looking back, when I shot my first InStyle cover, I was insecure," she said about her first cover from 2007. "I felt like I needed to be someone I wasn’t in order to be accepted. I allowed other people’s ideas of who they thought I should be to define me.
"Who am I now? I give zero fucks. I have three children. They’ve exploded my body, and I’m cool with it. And I know I’m smart. I don’t care what everybody else thinks. I’m good, girl. I’m good."
About landing the 2007 cover at 26, the now-38-year old mother of three explained: "By that time I’d been in the [entertainment] business for over a decade, but I was still trying to figure out how to be in the public eye and have ownership over who I was. Ninety percent of what people understood about me then came purely from magazine articles, press-tour interviews, and blurbs of gossip."
She graced the cover of InStyle once again six years later, and by then she was confident in herself. "I also stopped allowing myself to be objectified in the press through a male’s perspective. Screw that, man," the Honest founder said.
"It’s OK to be sexy. It’s OK to wear a short skirt or a loud print if I feel like it because I own it in my own way. I can flaunt what I want, cover what I want, and still feel good."
By the time she was on the cover again last year just a few months after having her son, Alba was owning everything about herself.
"My son, Hayes, was just 7 months old when I shot my most recent InStyle cover, last July , and if I had been younger, I probably would have been obsessed with dieting and exercising, but instead I thought, ‘This is where I’m at. This is my life. And this is my body,'“ she concluded.