Jessica Alba's The Honest Company has a $1 billion valuation. $1 billion! Along with being gorgeous, a very talented actress, and an activist, she's one of the most prolific businesswomen the United States has... and that is a legitimate fact. She's happy that her company has taken off, but she's not as happy with the reaction that the media and public has had to her success as a woman in Hollywood.
Specifically, she's not really feeling this idea that they're comparing her to another powerful Hollywood woman, Gwyneth Paltrow.
"What I think is unfair is to lump actresses together. People aren't lumping Justin Timberlake and Ashton Kutcher together. They do other businesses. I think it's expected that when you get success in one area, you're supposed to evolve and try to do something else — especially in business, and especially if you're a man."
It's a fair point. I think it's okay to compare former actors turned-moguls but why is it so "crazy" that women in Hollywood have side ventures?
Gwyneth agrees, too. Here's what she told Time magazine in June:
"Our businesses could not be more different. There's not a lifestyle piece to [Jessica's] business. The fundamentals of our sites are very different … People are grasping at straws to tie us together, and I get it, because it makes a good story, but I'm slightly offended by this sort of generalization that happens with myself and Jessica and Reese and Blake."
We should celebrate all of these individual women, but there's something strange about our society almost having trouble believing that this phenomenon is occurring. It seems like there's an underlying sentiment that these women don't deserve this immense success. And that couldn't be further from the truth.