There are some things that just don’t exist in the world – moderate republicans, a scandal-free NFL season and a bad picture of Jessica Alba. However the photogenic movie star is shot, whether it be on the cover of a magazine, in a photo shoot or even walking down the street to buy a coffee, the 34-year old radiates off the camera like few manage to do.
The golden girl from California burst onto the scene in the 1990s with small roles in productions like The Secret World of Alex Mack, Flipper and cameos in Chicago Hope, Beverly Hills and 90210. That opened the door for a career in film, featuring in Never Been Kissed, Paranoid and Honey before the 2005 smash hit Sin City, a film that really got tongue’s wagging.
But regardless of the critical reception of these films, Alba has always managed to enhance her public image through her incredible modelling career, business ventures and philanthropic endeavours. In January this year, Vanity Fair examined the rise of her Honest Company, now valued to be worth in the vicinity of $1.7 billion.
However, that consumer start-up based in Santa Monica came under fire when tests returned a reading for “significant levels” of sodium lauryl sulphate in the laundry detergent products sold by Honest, an ironic twist of fate given the company name and a seldom blow to the image of Alba.
For the PR damage this problem will cause, Alba will not disappear into the shadows and nor should she. The star of multiple action and comedy movies over the past 15 years has too much to offer to too many people and as the following images will demonstrate, the girl from Pomona knows how to personify elegance, class and sexy all at the same time.
20 White Outfit
Chances are you won’t find many women sporting this unique one-piece down at the beach this summer. Complete with a new brunette look, this shot with Alba portrays a sexy stare down of the lens in a beautiful rock location in the near background. The white garment she is wearing covers her from the front and provides a complement to the white nails and the white bracelet she's wearing around her wrist. The dark hair and bright white attire illustrates how fashion-conscious the actress is, providing the perfect ying and yang effect to the image.
19 Entertainment Weekly Cover
For those that have a subscription to Entertainment Weekly, they would have received a pleasant surprise in the mail when they grabbed their copy for the May/June edition in 2014. Alba’s stunning curves are on display for all to see, dripping wet out of the pool in a tight white bikini looking out to the ocean. The special double issue had a huge amount of content at it’s disposal, like features on Angelina Jolie, X-Men, Neil Patrick Harris and Ariana Grande, but the new plug for Alba’s role in Sin City: A Dame To Kill For would have taken the cake for readers.
18 See-through Top
The sexiest models aren’t those that regularly bare all, it is usually the ones who tease and tantalize. This shot shows Alba doing just that at the beach, with the Cliff Watts photograph outlining the movie star with a see-through black top while stretching her back out to accentuate her marvellous toned features. Pulling back her soaking wet hair, the seductive pose comes complete with chilled water gracing her slim mid-drift. Makes for quite the image!
17 SELF Magazine Cover
Prior to the Honest Company’s alleged “scandal,” Jessica Alba graced the cover of SELF Magazine to show off her sleek frame as well as bring awareness to the success of the $1.7 billion enterprise. The cover showed readers a clean brunette appearance on top, but a tight-fitting yellow piece with red and white bikini bottom. Inside the cover Alba showed her range of fashion choices in swimwear, always looking sexy but flawless with her natural makeup.
16 Naked Shot
This naked pose on the bed of white sheets has to go down as one of the raciest shots of Jessica Alba’s entire career. The innocent glance and glowing blonde hair completes the picture perfectly, showing the actress and business owner in all her glory. A lot of sexy people in Hollywood get into the modelling game for their aesthetics alone, but Alba knows what it takes to transform a good image into a great one. Must have been a great day out for the camera crew.
15 Rolling Stone Cover
Short jeans were all the rage in the mid 2000s, as Jessica Alba followed the likes of Britney Spears and Jessica Simpson by wearing a swish white top and miniature denim jean shorts below on the cover of Rolling Stone’s June/July 2005 edition. The tagline read, “The Booty & Soul of America’s Hottest Starlet,” coming hot off her endorsement as the sexiest star in America at the time. Once more the magazine had a full load of features covering Coldplay, The Killers and the Foo Fighters, but why bother with rock’n’roll when you can check out Jessica Alba?
14 Blue Bikini Shot
Experimenting with a new haircut, this lovely snap beside the pool radiates off the camera. Alba’s dark blue bikini contrasts to the bright blue water as she gives a knowing look back to the audience. Her tanned skin glistens off the screen and she proves that no matter the color, position of pose or foreground she is positioned in, the image is a keeper.
13 GQ Cover
The British GQ Magazine cover in November 2010 was not a regular edition. Complete with Rebecca Newman’s sex tips, features on Madonna, Kate Moss and Kate Hudson, former Celebrity Apprentice winner and CNN talk show host Piers Morgan conducted an in-depth interview with the “Hollywood hottie,” in addition to some racy images for the publication. The magazine’s target audience is generally men 21 to 40 and portraying Jessica Alba on the front page in a white bathing suit will probably sell a fair amount of copies.
A majority of Jessica Alba shots will accentuate her stunning facial features, chest and curvy behind, but rarely will onlookers be able to see how long those legs go in all their glory. This long shot puts Alba in a grey garment and shows those lengthy legs. Although she is not the tallest of actresses, they do stand out.
11 Cosmopolitan Cover
The “Body Secrets” February 2009 edition of Cosmopolitan Magazine was eye-popping to say the least. With a bright pink foreground, Alba is seductively starring back to the reader in tight black pants and a zipped-up summer top to display all her aesthetic features. The women’s publication is one of many that comes under fire for putting too much peer pressure on females to try and achieve that level of appearance, something that no one should demand or expect.
10 Seductive Beach Shot
This is vintage Alba. The popular desktop screensaver sees the movie star lying backwards on the sand amongst a sea of white starfish. The revealing white cloth and bellybutton ring makes the shot pop and her traditional blonde look dates the image back to the days when she was bursting onto the scene over a decade ago. Not that she’s aged badly, far from it.
9 SHAPE Cover
One of Jessica Alba’s more contemporary cover shots was the June 2015 edition of SHAPE Magazine. The female beauty and fitness publication went with the Honest Company’s face and showed her off in a yellow bikini top and white garment attached with tips on “lean legs, firm butt (and) sleek arms.” If there is any gorgeous woman of high profile out there that ticks those boxes, it would be the Sin City star.
8 Classic Top & Jeans
With full, luscious lips, blonde hair, dark green hazeled eyes, white top and denim jeans, Jessica Alba’s pose in this shot is as classic as it gets. Early on in Alba’s career, she stuck to a formula that worked well, perpetuating the image of an All-American bombshell. As the years rolled on and her interests began to develop outside of movie and television roles, the modelling began to reflect those changes. This photograph is very much keeping with Alba prior to those influences taking effect.
7 Black Lingerie
For a lot of men, black lingerie really does the trick. But Jessica Alba in a black top and black lingerie? Well that is something else entirely. The blonde hair contrasts to the appetizing outfit on display with cute pink lips and revealing chest. Whatever she was marketing in this image, it probably worked to a tea.
6 MAXIM Cover
The September 2014 edition of MAXIM Magazine shows Alba like we’ve never seen her before. The rickety rocks in the foreground offer a tough setting to model in, as she is dripping in a bikini and white garment. The tagline, “Get Seduced by Jessica Alba,” is not the most original of statements, but when a publication gets the exclusive rights to shoot one of the sexiest stars of her generation then the text would come a comfortable second to the images themselves.
This outfit probably took the least amount of effort to get on, with the thin white underwear the only thing separating the reader from a completely nude Jessica Alba. Rarely will a photo shoot with a celebrity this famous get more racy in the 21st Century. Her hubby who she married in 2008, Cash Warren, is one very lucky individual.
4 Beach Babe
Jessica looks amazing in this picture of her lounging on the beach. She has chestnut brown hair, as opposed to her usual blonde or blonde-ish, and her white bathing suit contrasts nicely with the gritty dirt of the sand on which she's sprawled. Her skin, as usual, is flawless and tan, a feature highlighted by the gorgeous gold detailing on her swimwear. As usual, she nails the "come hither" gaze.
3 Sin City Outfit
There is a lot to love about both editions of Sin City. With a stellar cast of Mickey Rourke, Bruce Willis, Clive Owen, Rosario Dawson, Benicio del Toro, Elijah Wood, Michael Clarke Duncan and a host of other huge Hollywood names, the dark fictional world of Sin City created a genre almost out of nothing. But it was Jessica Alba’s portrayal of Nancy Callahan that stood out from the crowd, with the deadly dancer seducing and killing her way through the crowd while wearing a getup that is as saucy as anything on an action movie screen.
2 Cheeky Underwear
Following on from the same photo shoot that gave us topless Jessica Alba, this image flips the script to show her stunning behind resting on white sheets. The tantilizing and seductive series of shots is peak Alba and is clearly a contender to be one of the sexiest that has ever been taken of the movie star. Perhaps there is a top that comes with the underwear, if so it must have been lost somewhere in the wardrobe.
1 Playboy Cover
What could be a sexier than beating out the likes of Eva Longoria, Angelina Jolie and Scarlett Johansson to the crown of world’s sexiest woman? The March 2006 edition of Playboy could not get enough of the star and decided to give her the major honor for their Sex and Music special issue. The decade-old publication is an insight into the life and times of 2006, giving interviews and features on Kanye West, Sean Paul, Queens of the Stone Age and Fall Out Boy, but the blue bikini top and revealing bottom was all anyone was talking about 10 years ago.