Jessica Alba Talks Sex Symbol Status: "I Sort of Went Through a Life Crisis"
THOMAS WHITESIDE
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Jessica Alba doesn't want to be defined by her sexuality.

The actress covers the July issue of InStyle magazine, where she opens up about her childhood and being considered a sex symbol.

Alba admits that she was a tough kid to deal with. "I was definitely born different … I loved to challenge authority," she says.

"I was a very difficult child to parent," she adds. "I was hyper. I didn’t sleep a lot. And being sick so often and being in and out of the hospital so much made it hard to form relationships."

Very quickly into her career, the now 35-year-old beauty became an object of lust ... a role she wasn't very comfortable playing.

"My sexuality made me very uncomfortable," she admits. "I remember my first Maxim shoot, they were telling me to pose a certain way, and I was like, 'Agh! I'm 19. I'm a virgin. I don’t even know how to do that.' It was so awkward."

The Honest Company founder eventually tried to embrace her title as a sex symbol, all along knowing she was destined for more.

"I sort of went through a life crisis," she confesses. "I was like, 'This isn't what I set out to be. I'm so much more than this, but I don’t know how not to be a sex symbol.'"

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