Speaking of Jessica Alba, the AP is reporting that a woman in China is attempting plastic surgery as a way to win her lover back. The woman wants to look like Jessica Alba.
The actress said Saturday she’s been distressed by Internet reports about a Chinese woman who is having a plastic surgery makeover to look like Alba in hopes of getting her lover back.
“I think you should never have to change yourself like that,” Alba said. “If somebody loves you, they’ll love you no matter what.”
I do think that it’s amazingly cool that Alba is speaking out against the type of “flattery” the woman in China is attempting. Hollywood seems to be a cesspool of unhealthy thinking and encouraging degrading behavior in women in particular–it’s nice to see an actor that cares enough to put the brakes on the Hollywood mentality.
I also think it’s important that Alba is not mocking the woman in China (i.e. what the fuck is wrong with her???) but pointing to the misogyny and sexism (assuming that the woman’s ex is male) that often grounds the Hollywood mentality. In other words, it’s *women* who must do anything to keep her partner–including horribly drastic surgery. Never the men. By putting the emphasis on the ex’s reaction (he shouldn’t expect crap like that out of her), I think Jessica is making a nice feminist intervention into the politics of “looks.”
Anyway. It’s a little thing what Jessica did (or maybe huge, if the woman changes her mind after hearing Jessica’s words)–but after debating Jessica’s reaction to her Latinidad–I thought it would be good to give her props for something.