Jessica Alba Talks How Her Mexican Heritage Influenced Her As A Mom


Jessica Alba is featured in the Spring 2016 issue of Parents Latina magazine. And let me just say, she is one cool mamacita.

The self-made mogul is running her own billion-dollar business while raising two confident girls, Honor, 7, and Haven, 4. Check out the highlights of the super cool interview below:

On how her Mexican heritage influenced her as a mom:
“My heritage is all about family, which always comes first. And respect for yourself and for your elders is something that I’m passing on to my daughters.”

On why her kids might not easily identify themselves as Latina:
“I grew up around my Mexican-American grandparents. My grandmother was an incredibly strong woman a great influence on me. I was also surrounded by tios and tias at a lot of family events. My kids don’t have same constant proximity. I make sure they know where they came from and that they spend time with their relatives, but they’re not surrounded by it all the time. We have different cultures in the house.”

On whether or not her daughters speak Spanish:
“They know how to ask for besos and leche! They are going to be global citizens and will need to understand many languages, including Spanish, to make a difference in the world.”

On whether or not she ever considered giving up her dream to become a successful businesswoman:
“When your initial pitch is rejected as much as mine was, the thought of giving up altogether crosses your mind. Fortunately, being an actress prepares you well for rejection. I had to be patient to get that ultimate ‘yes.’ If I believe in something, one ‘yes’ is worth a million no’s.”

On the best advice you can give moms who want to start their own business, like she did with The Honest Company:
“Don’t get overwhelmed trying to do everything at once. Lay out what you can get done now and what will take longer.”

On how she handles the struggle of ‘mom guilt’:
“Don’t be hard on yourself. Doing your best to be present wherever you are is what’s important. Make time to eat healthy and stay active. It’s worth it to recharge once a week: Get sleep, have a date night or girls’ night in, and drink some wine!”

On how to feel sexy when you’re a busy mom:
“Being sexy is about confidence. So be proud of what you accomplish, be amazed at what your body can do, and give yourself props. When all else fails, put on a bright red lip! (I hope it’s one by Honest Beauty.)”

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Mamasita Amber
Mama of three children and proud new mama of a standard poodle named Prince Miguel.

10 Responses to “Jessica Alba Talks How Her Mexican Heritage Influenced Her As A Mom

    Robin Rue (@massholemommy)
    5 years ago

    I had no idea she was Mexican. My husband has a huge crush on her 🙂

  • What a great post – I love Jessica Alba so I really enjoyed hearing her thoughts about being a mom. I especially like her advice about not being hard on yourself. I think that applies for any time – not just as a mom or with mom guilt. 🙂
    Karen |

  • I had the chance to meet Jessica Alba a few years ago at an event that I attended. She was there with her mom and they were both just lovely. I’m glad she embraces her Latin heritage.

  • I’ve always like her as a person and also as an actress and have always thought that she was a great mom, from what I could see. She handed out some great advice, don’t be too hard on yourself and don’t give up on your dreams.

  • She’s a beautiful woman and a great role model. I love her take on many of her mothering tips.

  • I really don’t get into celebrities that much, but I’ve always admired Jessica Alba. She seems like she’s so down-to-earth! I love how she embraces her Latin heritage. Even though I’m not Latina, I always make sure my son embraces his Latin (Mexican) heritage.

  • I love her, she is confident strong and beautiful. She is so talented and it is amazing how she teaches her children to embrace their culture.

  • This is a great post and I am glad she speaks out about embracing her heritage and culture. She inspires both the young and old and I love that

  • She is so amazing <3 It is something I noticed with my husbands family as well (they're puerto rican) everything is family based. When the kids ask for besos my heart melts every time!!!

  • I love what she says about Mom guilt! And how to feel sexy 🙂 I’m lucky that we live near family and my kids get to grow up knowing their grandparents and aunts and uncles.

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