I have always loved Jessica Alba, and not only because of her incredible Honest Company products. Jessica is one of those celebrity moms who keeps it very real and makes real-world moms feel less alone.
And her latest essay for InStyle is no different. In fact, in the essay she opens up about motherhood and how it changed her as a woman for the better. She goes through the different covers she has had on InStyle and shares her experience with each of those shoots - and how having become a mother affected how she felt at those times.
Let me just say: anyone should read this. If you're a mom, if you want to be a mom, if your wife or significant other just became a mom or if you simply just have a mom. It's worth it in understanding what women experience.
Jessica's essay is all about her journey to body positivity, and while women's bodies change so much through pregnancy and motherhood, it was those changes that led her to finding that body positivity in herself.
Of her first InStyle cover at age 27, Jessica says, "It made me feel like I had finally arrived... I was still trying to figure out how to be in the public eye and have ownership over who I was."
She then comments on her second cover - six years later, after having gotten married to Cash Warren and having her two daughters, Honor and Haven.
"For the first time in my life I was really embracing my womanhood. I was in my early 30s, and it had taken up until then for me to feel confident in my body. I also stopped allowing myself to be objectified in the press through a male’s perspective."
She continued: "It’s OK to be sexy. It’s OK to wear a short skirt or a loud print if I feel like it because I own it in my own way. I can flaunt what I want, cover what I want, and still feel good."
Then, she opened up about her most recent cover, which she shot 7 months after welcoming she and Cash's son Hayes, who was born on New Year's Eve in 2017.
Of shooting at 7 months post-partum, she said, "If I had been younger, I probably would have been obsessed with dieting and exercising, but instead I thought, 'This is where I’m at. This is my life. And this is my body.'"
If we can all take just an ounce of advice from Jessica, it should be to repeat that back to ourselves daily, 'this is where I'm at. This is my life. And this is my body.'
We don't have to be perfect, ladies, we just have to do our best, be good to our bodies, and do what makes us happy.
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