Jessica Alba on her Honest Company: 'Everyone' told me there was 'no way' I'd be 'successful'

Jessica Alba on her Honest Company: 'Everyone' told me there was 'no way' I'd be 'successful'
Jessica Alba on her Honest Company: 'Everyone' told me there was 'no way' I'd be 'successful'

Jessica Alba says 'everyone' told her there was 'no way' that her Honest Company would be 'successful.'  (AP)

Jessica Alba has always been at the top of her health-minded and eco-friendly company, Honest Co., but most people didn’t know that until recently.

“Because I partnered with a guy who created the business model everyone thought it was his business idea and that I was like the face of the company and that I just got like a little percentage,” she said on stage at the SheKnows Media #Blogher18 Creators Summit on Thursday at Manhattan’s Pier 17. “They didn’t understand that it was the other way around.”

The 37-year-old, who founded the all-natural baby, beauty and home product business in 2011, told the story of how an allergic reaction to a cleaning product while pregnant with her first child sparked the idea for the multimillion-dollar company.

“For a long time I just was fine with it,” she said of receiving less recognition than her business partner. “Like, ‘I don’t really care, give me the money,’ and I didn’t realize until probably three years ago how important it is for women to see someone like me,” she explained, before elaborating on her childhood, her hard-working parents and finding success in Hollywood.

“I had everyone telling me, ‘There’s no way you’re going to be successful’ and I just freakin’ pushed through and I made it happen,” she said. “I think that representation as a business leader now is just as important as it was in entertainment and I didn’t realize that until three years ago.”

Alba also announced the winner of a business pitch competition who was awarded $50,000 in marketing towards their company.

This article originally appeared on Page Six. 

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