Jessica Alba Talks $1 Billion Empire: 'People Expected Nothing From Me'

Jessica Alba talks her $1 Billion dollar empire; “People pretty much expected nothing from me.”
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Jessica Alba is one smart businesswoman!

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The Fantastic Four actress was pregnant with her first child when she tested out a baby detergent and broke out in a rash. 

After that she started looking for chemical-free products and found almost nothing. In 2011, she started The Honest Company

The company was recently valued at $1 billion, makes about $150 million annually, and has 200 employees. 

Alba spoke at the Alibaba Global Conference on Women and Entrepreneurship in China and revealed her biggest obstacle on the road to success was being taken seriously as a businesswoman. 

"[People] usually thought of someone in my position as more of a spokesperson, someone that would sell beauty products," she said. "Most of my advisers in entertainment thought I should do a perfume or something like that." 

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Alba partnered with entrepreneur Brian Lee to launch The Honest Company.

"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." 

The mother of two revealed it's hard to juggle her business, demanding acting career and finding time for her kids. 

"I feel pulled in so many different directions. It's so hard to find time for yourself, time to mediate and relax. I think it so important to spend those five minutes a day to just quiet your mind, but I don't always have those five minutes or just can't manage it." 

Alba told The Hollywood Reporter her experience in Hollywood gave her an edge in the corporate world. 

"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." 

We are so proud of our girl, Jessica!