Jessica Alba On Her Billion-Dollar Success: 'People Just Saw Me As A Girl In A Bikini'

  • Said it took people a long time to take her seriously as an entrepreneur

  • “People just saw me as this girl in a bikini in movies kicking butt — maybe not the brightest bulb,” she said. “It took three and a half years of condescending nods and pats on the back of ‘good luck’, or ‘go back to endorsing things or go do a perfume.’”

  • Her company has gone from $10M revenues in 2012 to $150M in 2014, and is currently valued as $1B (holy fuck)

  • She started Honest because a detergent that her mother used to use when she was a child gave her a rash as an adult, and she realized that the formula had drastically changed since her childhood

  • She's super bummed about the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act, which has allowed more than 80,000 chemicals to remain in household products untested.

  • “Bringing these items into our homes is such an intimate thing, to put it next to your newborn child,” she said. “My mother had cervical cancer at 23. My grandmother died of stomach cancer. I grew up with people being ill. This has got to stop. My friends in their 20s shouldn’t have a hard time getting pregnant.”

  • Recognizes original setbacks when company launched. Site was crashing, they sent products out without it actually charging people.

  • She's totally DGAF about what you think of her acting career, cause she did it all the rake in the $$$.

  • “I made a lot of money in entertainment at a very young age and I saved it,” she said, describing the roles she took in her twenties as rooted in financial rather than creative decisions. “I just needed to make as much money as quickly as possible, knowing it was going to go away at some point. I was very deliberate about it.”

  • She watched her parents struggle with money growing up, doesn't want that lift for her and her family.

tbh I am so in awe of her.