Jessica Alba Opens Up About Running A Business & How Her Husband Is ‘A Feminist’
Jessica Alba is best known for being an actress, starring in films such as Valentine’s Day and on TV series like the new Spectrum Original L.A.’s Finest. However, she has one other major claim to fame: Alba is a very successful entrepreneur. But she wouldn’t have been able to do it on her own. Here’s what Alba has to say about running a business and how her husband, Cash Warren, has been her greatest supporter.
What is The Honest Company?
Alba runs The Honest Company, which she started with her business partner Christopher Gavigan in 2012. The Honest Company sells a variety of household items and is aimed towards mothers and fathers who want to use only natural, harmless products when it comes to them and their children. In addition to being sold online, these products are distributed in many stores nationwide, including Wal-Mart and Target.
Though there have been ups and downs (a couple of lawsuits come to mind) for the company over the years, Alba has, generally speaking, run a very prosperous business. In fact, she launched an additional line of beauty and skin care products under the name Honest Beauty in 2015. And in 2019, the company plans to expand into Western Europe, further enforcing its success.
Here’s how her husband, Warren, has supported her
Warren, a business owner himself, takes no issue with his wife’s incredible success. “He is, in fact, the opposite of being threatened. He’s constantly pushing me outside of my comfort zone. If it weren’t for him, I wouldn’t be an entrepreneur,” said Alba at a recent event at The Wing in Los Angeles. “He was my No. 1 champion.”
Alba remarked that despite Warren graduating from Yale, he assured her that she didn’t need a degree to succeed as the founder of a company. “[He said] ‘You’re f***ing smart. Embrace that. Surround yourself with people who know stuff you don’t. And know your worth.'”
She praises him for being a feminist
Not only is Warren not “emasculated” by his wife, he attacks the concept of traditional gender roles head on. “My husband is a feminist, and he believes women do have an equal place in the world. We co-create our life,” said Alba. “The thing that makes him the most sad and angry is when people say, ‘Oh you’re playing Mr. Mom today.’ He’s like, ‘No, I’m just showing up and being their f***ing dad,’” she said of how Warren takes care of their three kids, Honor, Haven, and Hayes.
“He’s engaged –he’s a part of their lives. He picks them up from school.” She continued, “He drops them off. He goes to the things when I can’t be at them.” Alba added that they both have different strengths as parents, saying, “He’s better at talking with the people at school. He’s a little more diplomatic [than I am]. He just has a bit of the softer, sweeter side…But he’s also shown me that it’s OK for him to cry. It’s OK for him to make space for me to vulnerable.“