There’s a lot to be learnt from Jessica Alba. She first came into our lives back in 2000 as the star of telly series ‘Dark Angel’ before taking to the silver screen in ‘Honey’ followed by a sultry appearance in ‘Sin City’. At the time, we admit to not seeing the actress as much more than a super-hot face with a super-hot bod but how wrong we were!
Because these days, a week rarely goes by when us Graziettes aren’t swooning over an Alba red carpet appearance, coveting her extensive sunglasses wardrobe or imitating those colour-popping jeans. As Donatella Versace says, ‘She always looks fresh, never vulgar.’ Jessica is often spotted trotting around the sunny LA streets with her adorable daughters, proving that she’s the ultimate yummy mummy, and let’s not forget all that charity work she does in her spare time – from campaigning to save the great white shark, working to educate children in Africa and participating in the Revlon Walk For Women. Way to go, missy!
So it’s fair to say that Jessica has officially made the transition from sex bomb to bona fide fashion icon – but, as the actress explains to Marie Claire, it was no easy feat. ‘I had a show [Dark Angel] that premiered when I was 19,’ she explains. ‘And right away, everyone formed a strong opinion about me because of the way I was marketed. I was supposed to be sexy, this tough action girl. That's what people expected. I felt like I was being objectified, and it made me uncomfortable. I wanted to be chic and elegant!' And looking back at these retro snaps of Jess, it's clear she's come on leaps and bounds. And thank the Lord for that!
‘Now that I'm older, I've learned how to own it, but I'm still not very overt’, La Alba says of her style. ‘There are some women who dress for men. I dress for myself. It took me some time to get here. Being a mom and feeling grown-up have helped. Now if I'm going to wear something short, it has to have a high neck or a little sci-fi toughness to it, an edge.’ Oh, how we love to see the making of a fashion icon and now that Jessica's found her sartorial footing, here's hoping the chicness will continue...