Jessica Alba On Being Successful Businesswoman: 'People Pretty Much Expected Nothing From Me'

Jessica Alba
Founder and Chief Creative Officer of The Honest Company Jessica Alba speaks at Fast Company Hosts First-Ever LA Creativity Counter Conference at 72andSunny on May 7, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for Fast Company

Jessica Alba has become one successful busineswoman after launching The Honest Company in 2011, a chemical-free products business which was recently valued at $1 billion, makes about $150 million anually and has 200 employees. 

At the Alibaba Global Conference on Women and Entrepreneurship in China, the "Sin City" actress said the road to having her own business was not easy and many people doubted of her innovative idea. "[People] usually thought of someone in my position as more of a spokesperson, someone that would sell beauty products," she said, according to Latina Magazine. "Most of my advisers in entertainment thought I should do a perfume or something like that." 

But instead, Alba launched The Honest Company with entreprenuer partner Brian Lee when she was pregnant with her first child and broke out in a rash after testing out a baby detergent.

"The reason why I went into business was really to create a safer and healthier world for my children and for all children," she said. "The rise of toxic chemicals in our everyday life has contributed so many serious and chronic illnesses. I felt someone really needed to make better products that are safe, non-toxic, healthy, beautifully designed, affordable and easy to get." 

Though many people did not believe in her, she still followed her gut. Now, the mother-of-two is juggling a family, her acting career and a new business --like a true rockstar! 

"At first, people pretty much expected nothing from me. That 'I have nothing to lose' attitude from acting, applied it to business and tried to trust my gut. Trusting my gut is something that I underestimated in business." 

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Jessica Lucia Roiz

Jessica L. Roiz is a Miami-based bilingual journalist of Nicaraguan descent. In addition to Latin Times, she's published in VOXXI, The Miami Herald, Huffington Post, La Opinion, El Nuevo Herald, The Latin Kitchen and more. With over 10-years experience in digital media, she's nothing but passionate and creative with her work. When she's not writing or editing videos, she can be found listening to rock en Español, dancing bachata, reading Paulo Coelho, missing Selena Quintanilla or relaxing in Nicaragua. She's also the founder of ALoNica con la Roiz and PulsoPOP