Woman of Substance: Jessica Alba

She’s a Hollywood sweetheart, a philanthropist at heart, and now one of America’s richest self-made businesswomen. Jessica Alba is making headlines this week – not for being named the world’s most beautiful woman yet again, but for her billion-dollar business venture, ‘The Honest Company’.

Jessica Alba Woman of Substance

Photo: inc.com

It all started in 2008, when a pregnant Alba was recommended a popular baby detergent to clean all the baby clothes she’d received as gifts. Upon using it, she immediately broke out in red welts – an unwelcome reminder of her childhood days spent ridden with allergies, chronic asthma and pneumonia.


When Alba couldn’t find any organic products she truly loved, she launched The Honest Company – a company offering sustainable, organic & cruelty-free household products and driven by her passion for ethical consumerism. Now on it’s fourth year, the company is valued at $1 billion and counting, and Alba has made her mark in the business world.

Image: honest.com

Image: honest.com

However, Alba came from humble beginnings. The Californian native was born to a father in the Air Force and her family relocated frequently. Alba struggled to consolidate friends at high school, though she ended up graduating at 16. At 11 Alba began acting, starting off in small TV shows – such as “Flipper” filmed on Queensland’s Gold Coast, and eventually she gained her breakthrough role on the sci-fi series “Dark Angel” at 19. From then on it was straight to the top for Alba, who has starred in over 30 films, including “Sin City”, “Awake” and “Good Luck Chuck”.

Jessica Alba At the Golden Globes

Image: starcrush.com

Alba is married to producer Cash Warren and has two gorgeous daughters (Honor Marie and Haven Garner). Don’t worry if you mix up Alba’s family with something out of a fashion campaign – they really are picture perfect.


Image: Image: Popsugar.com

Image: Image: Popsugar.com

Of course you can’t mention Jessica Alba without highlighting the fact that she’s an international style icon. Alba is quoted as saying “My theory is that if you look confident you can pull off anything – even if you don’t know what you’re doing”. But Alba sure knows what she’s doing when it comes to her personal style – the model-turned-actress cites her own fashion inspirations to be Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly and Kate Moss and regularly advocates for eco-friendly fashion.

Images: Instyle.com, Glamourmagazine.co.uk

Images: Instyle.com, Glamourmagazine.co.uk

Jessica Alba is a modern day icon for all the right reasons. She’s one of the most stylish self-made businesswomen on the planet – oh and she featured in Taylor Swift’s hot new video for “Bad Blood” as well… We love it!

Are you a fan of Jessica Alba? Let us know who in the comments who you think is a “woman of substance” …and we may write a feature on them too!





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  • Reply lovelyloves Wednesday 1st July, 2015 at 10:50 am

    She is so stunning!!

    • Vanessa Roberts - Editor
      Reply Vanessa Roberts - Editor Monday 6th July, 2015 at 8:13 pm

      Definitely… super photogenic!

  • Reply BellaB Friday 19th June, 2015 at 4:22 pm

    She’s always seemed quite bright and down to earth.

    • Vanessa Roberts - Editor
      Reply Vanessa Roberts - Editor Monday 6th July, 2015 at 8:13 pm

      Exactly, kind of like a “normal” celebrity!

  • judi1
    Reply judi1 Thursday 18th June, 2015 at 9:22 pm

    Love the idea of her organic company and love the dress in the first photo!

    • Vanessa Roberts - Editor
      Reply Vanessa Roberts - Editor Monday 6th July, 2015 at 8:14 pm

      I was glad to see a big name get behind something with meaning also Judi1..

  • newbie
    Reply newbie Thursday 18th June, 2015 at 9:04 pm

    love it!

    • Vanessa Roberts - Editor
      Reply Vanessa Roberts - Editor Monday 6th July, 2015 at 8:14 pm

      Glad you enjoyed the story x

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