Talented actress, businesswoman and fashion icon Jessica Alba graces the cover of Marie Claire US June 2012 issue. In the accompanying interview, the star opens up about a variety of subjects like motherhood, fashion and growing up and becoming more confident. Check out some of the most important snippets of the interview.

Despite the multitude of changes Jessica Alba has been through over the years, some things never changed. Her killer body and her elegant allure remained a constant no matter what roles she adopted in her career or even in her personal life. If any proof was needed, the latest photoshoot which shows the actress's elegant side in designer pieces from Salvatore Ferragamo, John Galliano, Versace or Lanvin is undoubtedly among clearest illustrations one can get.

The multitude of dark pieces can definitely remind fans of the 'Dark Angel' series which greatly influenced her career. Despite the success of the series, she didn't feel quite right about the way she was presented: “I had a show [Dark Angel] that premiered when I was 19. And right away, everyone formed a strong opinion about me because of the way I was marketed. I was supposed to be sexy, this tough action girl. That’s what people expected…I felt like I was being objectified, and it made me uncomfortable. I wanted to be chic and elegant!”

A multitude of changes went by since the early days of the 'Dark Angel' series. Among the most noticeable ones was motherhood, which incidentally made her turn her attention on environment-friendly products. Surprising her daughter Honor eating particles of her diaper, which had fallen apart, made the diva realize the necessity for non-toxic, sustainable products: "I started working on this three and a half years ago. I took a year off from acting when I had Honor, and I was home with her, diapering her, cleaning up after her, and I had a real frustration that I couldn't find healthy, nontoxic, and affordable products that actually worked. So I decided I needed to do something about it while my family and friends have young children", she stated.

As a result, she founded The Honest Company which provides sustainable products, including disposable diapers delivered to subscribers monthly. Still, despite the constant positive remarks about her physique, the star states that it was only as she grew up that she started being more confident about her body: “Now that I’m older, I’ve learned how to own it, but I’m still not very overt. There are some women who dress for men. I dress for myself. It took me some time to get here. Being a mom and feeling grown-up have helped. Now if I’m going to wear something short, it has to have a high neck or a little sci-fi toughness to it, an edge.”

Concerning her fashion style, the diva states that she likes to experiment: "I'm all about the fantasy aspect of fashion. Some days I feel more tomboy, some days I feel more feminine, some days like a warrior." And, while she doesn't deny liking to be admired, she still prefers being admired for more important skills aside from her beauty: “I like to get positive attention. But if I have a choice between someone noticing in a negative way what I’m wearing and going, What was she thinking? or someone not noticing what I’m wearing, I would rather not make a statement at all and just have a good conversation instead.”

To read the entire interview with the 31 year-old star, look for the Marie Claire US June 2012 issue, which hits the newsstands on May 22.

Photo and video courtesy of Marie Claire