Tuesday, August 23 2016 18:00 EEST
Jessica Alba says she was not sure if she will be able to make it big due to her lack of higher education
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The 35-year-old actress, who founded the billion-dollar empire, The Honest Company, said she thought it was dumb of her to not join any university

'I thought I was dumb because I didn’t go to college. I felt if you didn’t have a degree you’d never be respected or considered intelligent. Now I realise I’m perfectly capable of doing lots of things,' Alba said, The Indian Express reports.

The actress said she was also afraid to speak up about being objectified in Hollywood.

'Success in entertainment used to be purely financial for me. Once I was in my mid-20s and had achieved some degree of security, I started looking for something more substantive to focus on. Then when I got pregnant a few years later, I came up with the idea for my company.'

'When I was young I didn’t know how to speak up (at work) and say, 'I don’t like this.' I wasn’t that person a sex symbol people were portraying me as. I come from a pretty conservative background; I was a tomboy wearing baggy clothes. But you’re being marketed in a movie to sell it – I understood it was the characters I was playing.'

Earlier this month, Jessica Alba introduced a group of teenagers affected by gun violence on stage at the Teen Choice Awards 2016. 'They share an unlikely bond that is hard to comprehend. They’re the brothers, sisters, daughters, and family members of recent victims of gun violence,' Alba told the audience.

'I am talking about Aurora, Baton Rouge, Dallas, Minneapolis, Orlando, San Bernardino, Newtown. It keeps happening and it has to stop. Many of those impacted by these acts of violence are teens,' Alba said. The group on stage then introduced themselves to the crowd.

Among them were J.T. Lewis, whose brother was killed in the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting, two of San Bernardino victim Bennetta Betbadal’s children, the siblings of Jason Josephat, who died during the shooting at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub, and Alton Sterling’s son, Cameron, reported Entertainment Weekly.

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