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Jessica Alba on Gender Equality: 'It's Just Not Equal'

Jessica Alba on Gender Equality: 'It's Just Not Equal'

Jessica Alba puts her fabulous figure on display on the cover of Cosmopolitan magazine’s March 2016 issue.

Here’s what the 34-year-old actress/businesswoman had to share:

On her career: “I always wanted to be a big action star, to be as relevant as men. I was very aggressive with the vision and manifesting it.”

On owning your femininity: “Most of my life, I identified more with my masculine side. I was kind of aggressive and super masculine in my early 20s—even into my mid- 20s. I got boobs when I was young… and I was like, What do I do?… I was never the girl who they marketed. I was always feeling angry, like an imposter. I learned how to be cool with the feminine later in life.”

On never doubting your own expertise: “I’m in a man’s world in business. But I know what women want— [men] don’t… Whenever [male colleagues] question me in meetings, I’m like, ‘Go home and ask your wife. This is a pointless conversation. Go home and talk to her.’ When we were talking about package designs, I was like, ‘Are you really giving me notes on packaging for feminine care? I literally can’t with you.’”

On equal pay: “There are not as many women in government titles, business titles. It’s just not equal. And until there is equality, you’re going to feel that no matter what industry you’re in. But from day one, I was like, girls should have an equal seat at the table. Take Jennifer Lawrence. I mean, she’s opening movies—she’s the box office draw as much as any guy in the movie, if not more. She should be compensated for that.”

For more from Jessica, visit Cosmopolitan.com.

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    alba is the last person to talk about equality and womens right, as she is only known for playing a stripper in a comic movie

  • leila

    The movie American Hustle seems to be the main issue for many bringing up JLaw’s pay gap. The fact she was a supporting character, and did not have nearly the same amount of screen time as Bale, Renner or Bradley. That debate is as silly as Goopy whining she didn’t make as much for Iron Man as RDJ. If they are actually speaking to roles in which Jlaw starred I get it.

  • Kaitlyn

    Jennifer Lawrence isn’t being compensated for her work?!? Whatever you say, Jess. And I’m so sorry that you didn’t get to be the action star you wanted to be.

    Seriously, I used to adore Jessica Alba but every interview reveals what a pain she must be. Making interns cry at her company, telling off he men that SHE HIRED for not sharing her female perspective, being cursed with being one of the most beautiful women on the planet and now citing Jennifer Lawrence as her example of gender pay inequality.

    The only reason I click on Jessica Alba articles is because I’m dying to know who the father of her second kid is.

  • Kaitlyn

    And let’s not forget the far more talented Amy Adams who had a larger role but was paid less.

    Let’s be honest here. If she was a man then she’d be ignored.

    Being surrounded by good actors makes average (or even repetitively dull) ones look better. So the fact that she is surrounded by talent and is often outnumbered by men is exactly why she gets recognized.

  • leila

    also having Harvey Weinstein buying her awards helps as well

  • Jean Morel

    It’s not her husband?

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