Jessica Alba may look like she belongs on a high-fashion runway, but it looks like parenting her two children – Honor, 4, and 1-year-old Haven, hasn’t always been model-perfect.
The gorgeous mama, who graces the September 2012 issue of Self magazine in a form-fitting $395 Cynthia Rowley dress, shared with the fitness mag that like any new parent, she’s experienced her fair share of scary moments.
“I found my daughter Honor sitting in her crib, eating these tiny beads from the inside of her diaper,” she told Self. “They were all over her face. It was a moment of terror.”
That moment, the 31-year-old actress says, inspired her to start Honest, a company that produces and sells eco-friendly baby and household products.
“I worried that I’d poisoned my daughter—and these were eco-diapers! I found ones that seemed safer, but they leaked, so I had to use two at once, and they were already so expensive,” says Alba, who was honored by the magazine’s 5th annual Women Doing Good Awards. “The more research I did, the more irritated I got. Most parents don’t have time to do all this research—they need a company with products they can trust. I wanted to create that.”
Alba – who will act as host alongside hubby Cash Warren at a post Democratic National Convention party in September – has become politically active with her cause, visiting Capitol Hill in 2011 to lobby for the Safe Chemical Act. But don’t think she’s at it solo. She credits Warren with giving her the support needed to launch The Honest Company over 3 ½ years of testing and product development
“His perspective kept me going,” she said, explaining that the Yale University graduate was encouraging every step of the way. And as for being philanthropic – a portion of The Honest Company’s proceeds go to underprivileged parents and children – Alba shrugs the title off humbly.
“If you’re blessed with more, you should give more.”