If there’s one woman who springs to mind when it comes to fitspiration, it’s Jessica Alba. But according to her most recent interview with Self magazine, the 34-year-old didn’t always have such a trim and toned bod growing up.
She said: “I was on a swim team, and I was chubby and slow and dead last – a full two laps last. I was crying and couldn’t breathe. My mom and dad were like, ‘You started this, you’re going to finish it!’ My parents made me stick to stuff, pick myself up.”
She added: “It’s painful to go through, but I appreciate that tough love.”
And look where it’s got her today! As well as her $1.7 billion eco-friendly company The Honest Company, the drop-dead gorgeous star has carved herself a faultless career in the acting industry and fronted numerous clothing and beauty campaigns.
On top of that, her looks both on and off duty are always on point. Take the time Jessica Alba debuted her new short ‘do at the 30th Anniversary Impact Awards in LA this April.
The 33-year-old Sin City actress was playing presenter for the night at the Four Seasons Beverly Wilshire Hotel, and looked gorgeous in her all-monochrome ensemble.
Jessica paired a white origami-inspired blouse with a pair of smart black high-waisted trousers for the night, glamming up the outfit with a studded black McQueen clutch and pointed black stilettos.
But it was her new bob that stole the show.
Slightly parted to the side and styled straight, flowing down past her smokey bronze eyes, Alba’s textured chin-length chop looked seriously chic.
The hue was perfect too, with Jessica’s hairdresser managing to chop off her blonde tips but leave her with a subtle ombré that still has plenty of depth thanks to those darker roots and sunny face-framing tendrils.
It’s a far cry from Kim Kardashian‘s recent stark blonde crop, and offered up a more natural way of working a sunny spring-ready bob.
All in all, Jessica Alba really does have a lesson for us all: hard-work pays off.