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Jessica Alba Talks About Identifying with Her Latin Heritage

Jessica Alba Talks About Identifying with Her Latin Heritage

Jessica Alba shows off her flawless features while posing on the cover of Glam Belleza Latina‘s Fall issue.

Here is what the 33-year-old actress had to share with the mag:

On the importance of race to her identity: “It’s always been the same. I’ve always felt closer to being a Latina than anything else, because I grew up with my dad’s family, who are Mexican American. I never really identified any other way. But I think that today it’s less and less about having to identify with one race and holding on to that completely. I mean, my kids are African American and Caucasian on their dad’s side, and Latino and Caucasian on my side.”

On the Latinas she admired when she was growing up: “I grew up in Southern California, where Latin culture is just everywhere. I mean, I still love mariachi music! I looked up to Jennifer Lopez. She is someone who broke through barriers, a powerhouse. You know: I could be a dancer, singer, actress, entrepreneur—I can do all of it. And Daisy Fuentes too. What she did with her platform was incredible. It took the rest of the country a second to catch up to Latinas in the United States being mainstream.”

On the differences between her business and her movie career: “Having a company that’s making the world a better place is a life calling. Performing has also been a life calling, but they’re so different. It takes a completely different side of my brain to do one versus the other. But I’m truly very proud of The Honest Company.”

Also pictured inside: Jessica out and about on Thursday (September 18) in Santa Monica, Calif.

FYI: Jessica is wearing a Black Orchid Denim tunic and Ella Moss pants.

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Photos: AKM-GSI, Sebastian Kim
Posted to: Jessica Alba, Magazine

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  • Arlene

    Nobody in Hollywood will work with her. Her product line is purportedly made in China using Toxic materials .

  • ghbh

    She’s kidding right???

  • hmm..

    Didn’t she one time say in an interview she wasn’t hispanic or latina or whatever the hell she said and she got bashed for it? Pretty sure she did….now she’s cool with it?

  • anon.

    I find it funny that celebs like her, Mario Lopez, and Eva Longoria identify as Latinos or pretend to in order to win over the Latin audience but they cannot speak spanish to save their lives…

  • Chuckle

    @anon.: Honestly, that’s a good point. JLo has a horrific accent when she speaks Spanish, apparently. How hispanic can you possibly be if you can’t even speak the language? I guess she means she gets judged on that basis, but then that’s only skin deep.

    I find Jessica Alba very boring physically speaking; not even that beautiful. I used to think she was extremely stunning when she was on F4 and that series with Michael Weatherly. But she hasn’t aged a year for the last 15 years. Thanks to her hispanic heritage.

  • someguy

    That sounds legitimately boring.

  • ugh

    @anon.: I’m Hispanic and I don’t speak Spanish, there are a lot of us that were taught English as their first language and weren’t able to catch on to Spanish as well as English. Do I wish my parents taught me spanish first or taught both languages at the same time. Yea I do but it doesn’t make non-Spanish speaking Latinos any less of a person or less of a Hispanic than someone who was taught it as their first language. Blame our parents but don’t put us down for not being “Spanish enough”. On another note, alba is a fake, has horrible role models, and lacks personality just as much as talent. She is an embarrassment to the Spanish community and now she wants to say she embraces it? Lord, this girl is insufferable to hold on to the .0001% relevancy she has.

  • Nikki

    What a fake she is! in 2007 she basically bashed the Mexican side of her family and said she will not play Latina roles. She was quoted saying “Mexicans just spread all their seeds. And the women just pop them out.” Ok, I get that she doesn’t want to be type-cast in Hollywood and she doesn’t want people to see her as one specific race, but why the hell would you bash your own family? I even read somewhere online that she was telling everyone she felt more Danish than anything else… lord… smh.

  • Dee

    Shut up Jessica Alba! She bugs the hell out of me she has never been a proud latina. Only when she’s on magazine covers does she talk about her latin roots in a positive way.


    So, she has no American heritage, only eurasian. She’ll obviously have to keep up.

  • Blessing

    Wow! This is one of my favorite interviews from her. And she’s still one of the most beautiful girls in the world.

  • olive

    I remember when Perez was calling her Jessica “Don’t call me latina” Alba back in the day. She changed her mind? Hmm..

  • haha

    @Blessing: you must be a vapid superficial idiot like alba then. your standards are really low honey, at least look up to somebody current and talented. this woman hasn’t been relevant in over a decade, catch up and get with the program.

  • liar

    Jessica Alba in 2007:

    “I’m American. Throughout my whole life, I’ve never felt connected to one particular race or heritage, nor did I feel accepted by any. If you break it down, I’m less Latina than Cameron Diaz, whose father is Cuban. But people don’t call her Latina because she’s blonde.”

    “My grandfather [...] tried to forget his Mexican roots, because he never wanted his kids to be made to feel different in America. He and my grandmother didn’t speak Spanish to their children. Now, as a third-generation American, I feel as if I have finally cut loose.”

    “I feel American, and I don’t speak Spanish. So, to say that I’m a Latin actress, OK, but it’s not fitting; it would be insincere.”

  • latina

    I have never found her sooo pretty

  • Molly H.

    I remember where she said that she had to fight the stereotype of being hispanic because something about all being over weight. lol anyways, to the hispanic person above… i’m hispanic and english is my first language because my dad’s a teacher and i picked up spanish by myself so yes there are some hispanics that are more hispanic because some of us actually cared enough to seek out the second language once we were old enough too..we didn’t wait for our parents to teach it to us..boom.

  • Bianca

    She’s known for two things: 1. Speaking when it’s convenient. 2. Backpedaling when it’s not. You never know with her, so what she says, I don’t believe or take seriously.

  • anon.

    @ugh: yes, but you are not a celebrity or spokesperson that has to target a given audience.. Speaking the language from which you claim to identify with is key when communicating to the masses or at least being slightly educated on some subjects/issues.. Being latino is more than just saying ”i’m one fourth hispanic”

  • ugh

    @Molly H.: good for you if you’re able to learn it by yourself even though that doesn’t make sense at all unless your father that was a teacher taught you which makes more sense or you learned it through listening to others speaking it but you’re well aware that others can pick up languages easier than others right? Doesn’t mean non-Spanish speaking Latinos are dumber or any less of a person than Spanish speaking Latinos and trust me, I have been bullied by other Hispanics cause of it for many years. Does it mean we need to be alienated by our race or get picked on cause of it? Simply no.

    @anon.: so if alba is Latino but she wasn’t taught the language just like many other Spanish-American celebs don’t speak it either, then what are we supposed to identify ourselves as? We have an identity just as much as Spanish speakers do but we can’t call ourselves Latino? I’ve been immersed in Spanish culture and I appreciate it and respect but I just so happen to not able to speak it well, forget alba and forget celebrities, non-Spanish speakers get reprimanded a lot for not being able to learn the language as well as others, how can we accept our identity when we’re getting bullied by people of our same culture? I know white people that can learn Spanish fast but I know many Spanish people that can’t learn the linguistics of the language very well yet can speak English flawlessly, but you don’t need to put us down for it. Just like there’s people that are good at math but not good at language arts, people are assessed with strengths and weaknesses and learning languages will be easy for some yet very hard for others.

    There are many different kinds of Hispanics, non-Spanish speaking ones do exist as much as the Spanish culture wants to deny us.

  • Whatever

    I find her very phony

  • Rex Reed

    What a disgusting hypocrite she is.

  • Ana

    @anon.: English was my first language, I learned spanish later on-and while I speak it decently enough, my english is far superior. That doesn’t make me any less latino/hispanic than someone who spoke spanish as a first language. However, I’ve always been and will be proud of my heritage and culture, unlike Miss Alba, who seems to only embrace it for publicity’s sake. @Molly H.: There is no such thing as “being more hispanic” than someone-either they’re of hispanic descent or not-just because you speak spanish or sought to learn it, doesn’t make you any more or less connected to your background and heritage than someone who does not speak spanish.

  • Mia

    @ghbh, she has to be considering all she’s ever done is trash her Mexican heritage.