Jessica Alba on her Honest Company: “Everyone told me that there was ‘no way’ I’d be ‘successful’

Jessica Alba says ‘everyone’ told her that there was ‘no way’, that her Honest Company would be ‘successful.’


Jessica Alba has always been at the top of her health-minded and eco-friendly company, Honest Co., but most people didn’t know that until recently.

“Because I was together with a boy who has made the business model everyone thought that it was his idea and that I as the face of the company and that I am just like a small percentage,” she said on the stage of the SheKnows Media #Blogher18 Creators Summit on Thursday in Manhattan, at Pier 17. “They did not understand that it is the other way around.”

The 37-year-old, who is the founder of the all-natural baby, beauty and product business in 2011, told the story of how an allergic reaction to a cleaning product during the pregnancy of her first child led to the idea for the multi-millions company.

“For a long time, I was just good with her,” she said, as she received less recognition than her partner in business. “Like,” I don’t really care, give me the money,’ and I didn’t know that until probably three years ago how important it is for women to see someone like me,” she explained, before going into more depth on her childhood, her hard-working parents, and finding success in Hollywood.

“I had everyone saying to me:” There is no way that you are going to be successful’ and I just freakin’ pushed through and I made it happen,” she said. “I think the representation as a leader of now is just as important as it was in the entertainment-and I didn’t realize that until three years ago.”

Alba also announced the winner of a business pitch competition, which was awarded $50,000 in the marketing in the direction of their company.

This article originally appeared on Page Six.

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