Jessica Alba Covers Marie Claire June 2012

Posted Tuesday May 15, 2012 10:19 AM GMT

She's been busily building The Honest Company into quite the business startup, but Jessica Alba squeezed time into her packed schedule to lend her beauty to the cover of the June 2012 issue of Marie Claire magazine.

Set to hit newsstands Tuesday, May 22nd, the 31-year-old actress looked elegant in Salvatore Ferragamo and Oscar de la Renta designs for the Tesh shot spread while opening up about topics such as growing more assured of herself and her former, sexier self.

Highlights from Miss Alba's interview are as follows. For more, be sure to pay a visit to Marie Claire!

On being showcased in Maxim-ready looks early in her career:
“I had a show [Fox’s Dark Angel] that premiered when I was 19. And right away, everyone formed a strong opinion about me because of the way I was marketed. I was supposed to be sexy, this tough action girl. That’s what people expected…I felt like I was being objectified, and it made me uncomfortable. I wanted to be chic and elegant!”

On how she has grown more assured of herself in recent years:
“Now that I’m older, I’ve learned how to own it, but I’m still not very overt. There are some women who dress for men. I dress for myself. It took me some time to get here. Being a mom and feeling grown-up have helped. Now if I’m going to wear something short, it has to have a high neck or a little sci-fi toughness to it, an edge.

On her former, sexier self:
“I like to get positive attention. But if I have a choice between someone noticing in a negative way what I’m wearing and going, What was she thinking? or someone not noticing what I’m wearing, I would rather not make a statement at all and just have a good conversation instead.”

Photo Credit: Tesh for Marie Claire