Jessica Alba had to wait to launch her wellness company because it clashed with her Revlon contract.
Sin City star Jessica used to be the face of the U.S. make-up giant, but the beauty gig held her back from launching The Honest Company, the ethical business she finally got up and running in 2011.
Selling natural baby care, personal care, cleaning products, make-up and vitamins, the company has become the go-to place for those looking for safe and sustainable products.
“Frankly, the reason why I didn’t go into beauty right away was because I was the face of Revlon and I couldn’t. And so that was just the reality of the situation,” she said at the recent Her Campus Media’s eighth annual Her Conference.
She co-founded the venture with Brian Lee, Sean Kane and Christopher Gavigan, though the mother-of-three admitted she didn’t always see eye to eye with her business partners.
“I brought on business partners, and they weren’t always aligned with what I wanted to do,” the 38-year-old shared. “It’s been a very interesting and challenging thing, because like I said in the beginning, my co-founders didn’t understand why it’s so important, because I was the only woman.
“There are very few companies that understand the value of diversity and the value of women and women in the workplace.”
And when she asked for more female employees, she was rebuffed by one of The Honest Company co-founders.
“(I was told), ‘Women don’t want to work. They want kids and they just want to be moms and stay at home.’ And I was like, ‘Come on,'” she recalled.
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