Apparently there are drawbacks to having Jessica Alba's enviable physique -- according to the 31-year-old mother of two, early in her career she felt "objectified."
"I had a show [Dark Angel] that premiered when I was 19," Alba tells Marie Claire, showing a lot of skin on the magazine's June cover in a lace-up Versus dress. "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," she reveals. "I wanted to be chic and elegant!"
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But after marriage and motherhood, Alba now has a better grasp on her personal style.
"There are some women who dress for men. I dress for myself. It took me some time to get here," she admits. "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."
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As for her famous figure?
Not surprisingly, she embraces it.
"Now that I'm older, I've learned how to own it, but I'm still not very overt. ... I like to get positive attention. But if I have a choice between someone noticing in a negative way what I'm wearing and going, What was she thinking? or someone not noticing what I'm wearing, I would rather not make a statement at all and just have a good conversation instead."
The June issue of Marie Claire hits newsstands on May 22.