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Jessica Alba Explains Why She ‘Stopped Eating’ In Her 20s

Jessica Alba opened up about her complicated relationship with her body, men and eating during a roundtable conversation at the “In Goop Health” conference in Los Angeles over the weekend.

“I was meant to feel ashamed if I tempted men,” the actress said during a talk with Gwyneth Paltrow and fellow actresses Taraji P. Henson, Olivia Wilde and Busy Philipps, according to The Hollywood Reporter. She said that because she had a “booty” and was “voluptuous,” her family forbade her from wearing certain items of clothing.
“Then I stopped eating a lot when I became an actress. I made myself look more like a boy so I wouldn’t get as much attention,” the 38-year-old added.

She said she felt “preyed upon” by men during those early years in the business. “Nothing about being successful in this business is easy,” and instead of letting those times affect her, she added, “You can’t be bitter” about it.

“Certainly people in Hollywood underestimated me. They absolutely, 100% thought I was nuts,” Alba said in a 2015 interview with Net-a-Porter’s The Edit.

“But as a woman, as an actress, I’ve dealt with that before. I’ve dealt with people undermining me; I’ve dealt with people thinking that I would do anything to get ahead and be successful.”

“Certainly people in Hollywood underestimated me. They absolutely, 100% thought I was nuts,” Alba said in a 2015 interview with Net-a-Porter’s The Edit.

“But as a woman, as an actress, I’ve dealt with that before. I’ve dealt with people undermining me; I’ve dealt with people thinking that I would do anything to get ahead and be successful.”

Fortunately, Alba is now happily married to Cash Warren and has three kids.

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