She admits her Hollywood peers thought she was ‘nuts’ when she founded The Honest Company in 2012. And Jessica Alba has revealed she has struggled to be taken seriously as a businesswoman and an actress in an insightful new interview with NET-A-PORTER.com’s The EDIT, touching upon her experience of s**ism.
The 34-year-old Sin City star donned this season’s most luxurious knitwear for the accompanying shoot with the digital fashion magazine, showcasing her natural beauty as she models sophisticated looks. Discussing the perils of being a female CEO, Jessica – whose company deals in non-toxic, ethical home products – explained: ‘You feel like a lone wolf surrounded by men who have done it all before.’
The entrepreneur revealed that she encountered a lot of negativity from the showbiz world when she first set up the company, which had $170 million in 2014 sales and was valued at $1.7 billion as of August 2015. However, Jessica was undeterred by her critics and used their doubts to fuel her drive and make her business a success. She said: ‘Certainly people in Hollywood underestimated me. They absolutely, 100 percent thought I was nuts.