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Jessica Alba Wasn’t ‘Caucasian Enough’ to be a Hollywood Leading Lady

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To say that Jessica Alba is a famous Hollywood actress is probably an understatement. After appearing in movies like “Sin City,” “Fantastic Four” or “Valentine’s Day,” her name is very well-known all across the globe, where hundreds of thousands of fans eagerly anticipate every one of her new movies. Her achievements are quite remarkable for an actress aged 35, and it’s hard to think that her success could have been any better. To the surprise of the general public, the actress has recently stated that she was overlooked for quite a few leading roles. The reason? She isn’t “Caucasian” enough.

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In an interview with PopSugar, the actress has stated that she “wasn’t Caucasian enough” to play the leading lady in several Hollywood films. If we look at recent trends in the movie industry, we’re inclined to agree with her – there were almost no Latina-led movies at Hollywood in 2015 and 2016. While discrimination against Latinos is a big enough problem to start with, the actress also said that producers had quite some problems figuring out her ethnicity, to begin with. This often led to her being cataloged as “exotic,” instead of belonging to a particular ethnic category – which could have landed her several more roles.

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Raised in her father’s Mexican-American family, Jessica Alba is somewhere in between Latina and Caucasian, without clearly belonging to any of the packs. She often said that producers viewed her as “not Latina enough to play a Latina, but not Caucasian enough to play the leading lady”. This has been particularly true at the beginning of the actress’ career, with things easing up in more recent years – one of the benefits of being highly successful. These struggles have inspired the actress to also start her own lifestyle company, “The Honest Company,” which focuses more on women enhancing their natural beauty rather than covering it up. Her entrepreneurial activity has led to a decrease in the movies she stars in, which she also cherry-picks now.

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Jessica Alba stated numerous times, including in the most recent PopSugar interview, that she declined multiple “hot girl” roles, which she believed would bring no benefits to her acting career or the way women are perceived in the acting world. She will always favor playing complicated, multi-dimensional characters which show that women of any skin color and ethnicity can play leading ladies with no problem. The A-listed actress surely doesn’t need any many more movies to be able to retire comfortably – but has taken a mission to help all the non-Caucasian women in Hollywood and to give them the confidence that they can lead any movie.

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