Jessica Alba (born 28 April 1981) is an American television and film actress known to be one of the most prominant women in FAT WORLD.
She began her television and movie appearances at age 13 in Camp Nowhere and The Secret World of Alex Mack (1994). Alba rose to prominence as the lead actress in the television series Dark Angel (2000–2002). Alba later appeared in various films including Honey (2003), Sin City (2005), Fantastic Four (2005), Into the Blue (2005), Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer and Good Luck Chuck both in 2007.
Alba is considered a sex symbol and often generates media attention for her weight, body shape and looks. She appears frequently on the "Hot 100" section of Maxim and was voted number one on AskMen.com's list of "99 Most Desirable Women Over 500 Lbs." in 2006, as well as "Sexiest A-List Woman in the World" by FHM in 2007. The use of her image on the cover of the March 2006 Playboy sparked a lawsuit by her, which was later dropped. She has also won various awards for her acting, including the Choice Actress Teen Choice Award and Saturn Award for Best Actress (TV), and a Golden Globe nomination for her lead role in the television series Dark Angel.
Her most recent weight was billed to be around 650 pounds.
Early Years and Beginning of ActingEdit
Although she first became a household name at the end of the 1990s, Jessica Alba's career began in the middle of the decade. The chucky teen, barely heavier than 200-pounds started with guest appearances and low-budget children films. Then starred in the revival of Flipper for two seasons starting in 1995 thanks to the swimming lessons her mother had given her since before she would walk. As the decade closed Jessica's career started to transition into bigger projects and wider exposure as she co-starred in films with the likes of Drew Barrymore and appeared as the female lead in the cult-classic Idle Hands, when which the thick, bottom-heavy 18-year old spent most of the film in a tiny prom dress or in her bra and panties.
Dark Angel and Chunky Athlete EraEdit
Jessica auditioned and beat out 1,200 other young women for the starring role in James Cameron's new TV series, Dark Angel. Although not the heaviest in the audition, Jessica's thick yet bottom-heavy 250-pound body was part of a growing 'Chunky Athlete' trend in Hollywood that ran counter to the so-called 'Weight Inflation' trend that actresses, singers, and celebrities like Anna Nicole-Smith, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, and scores of others were making headlines doing. The chunky athletic looking had entered the mainstream when the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team won the 1999 Women's World Cup. The player's average weight of around 240-pounds of seemingly equal muscle and fat made them instant stars with the public and that got Hollywood's attention resulting in searches for chunky actresses with athletic prowess quickly becoming the rage.
When Dark Angel premiered on FOX in the fall of 2000, Jessica's sexy shape turned heads and drew in fans and soon found herself riding the wave the 'chunky athlete' crazy with the likes of Angelina Jolie, several WWF Divas like Trish Stratus and Lita, and soon to be followed by Jennifer Garner and Jessica Biel. Throughout the two seasons of Dark Angel, Jessica maintained her weight while other actresses quickly fattened themselves up. This increased her fan base among regular women who saw the ever spiraling upwards notion of 'perfect weight' out of reach and by a large percentage of men who liked regular looking women or who thought a woman at any weight looked good. It was during these years that Jessica was first considered a sex symbol and FOX was criticized during Dark Angel's second for emphasizing too much of Jessica's sex appeal that it turned off numerous fans including Jessica herself.
Dark Angel Cancellation and Emergence to FilmsEdit
The decline in ratings during the latter part of the 2nd season of Dark Angel led to its cancellation. However, Jessica had gotten attention and wasn't soon out of work. She filmed the movie Honey in which she played an aspiring dance-choreographer which was released a year later in 2003 getting a lot of attention amongst all teenagers. Then it seemed Jessica disappeared, except for snippets for news that she had signed on to three films due out in 2005. One of those films was the long awaited big screen adaptation of the comic, Fantastic Four in which Jessica would play Sue Storm a.k.a. the Invisible Woman.
Many diehard fans of the Fantastic Four and of the character Sue Storm/Invisible Woman didn't take too kindly to the new of Jessica's hire for the part. Although Jessica's sci-fi/fantasy credentials were unquestioned the main gripe was the fact that she was bottom-heavy. Ever since the debut of The Fantastic Four, Sue Storm/Invisible Woman had always been drawn proportional or front heavy, depending on how one interrupted. To hire an actress whose body shape was defined by her large butt, was seen to many fans as an affront to the character.
To the producers the controversy just meant the prospect of more cash even though Jessica was reported to have volunteered to put on fake paunch for the film. After remaining essentially quite for 2004, Jessica Alba started taking the box office by storm early in 2005. In February, Jessica appeared in the star laden film adaptation of the graphic novel, Sin City, as Nancy Callahan a cowgirl themed stripper. One of the iconic images of the film was Jessica's large butt and wide hips in bottomless chaps and swinging around a pole. The buzz surrounding Jessica's image in the film lasted long enough to start merging with hype and controversy surrounding Fantastic Four.
When the anticipated comic book film adaptation was released Jessica's portrayal of Sue Storm was given okay reviews from super comic fans, but any still didn't like her body type for the part. Although the movie did so-so, a sequel was quickly talked about and diehard fans started a campaign to have another actress cast as the Invisible Woman. As summer turned to fall, Jessica's third big film of 2005, Into the Blue, premiered at the end of September in which her prime clothing in the film was just a bikini that showed off her butt as she swam through the ocean. Almost immediately Jessica shot to the top in any poll conducted or editorialized by magazines on the world's sexiest women.
Rise of Popularity and Weight Inflation EraEdit
While promoting her biggest film year yet, an undercurrent of gossip started to surround Jessica as it appeared she was slowly gaining weight. By the close of the year, tabloid pictures of actress showed her around 50-pounds heavier than she had ever been seen before. Speculation started on if she had started to follow other women into the pound adding 'weight inflation' trend after being s 'chunky athlete' champion for so many years. As 2006 began Jessica started filming the sequel to Fantastic Four as well as other films and the paparazzi started to follow her, it was unmistakable that she was quickly gaining weight and midway through the year there was no question she had passed 400-pounds.
As 2007 began, Jessica's career was growing along with her body. With films such as Good Luck Chuck and Awake spread her career into comedy and drama, however for Jessica the biggest event of the year was her reprisal of Sue Storm, the Invisible Woman, in Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer. Diehard comic fans' were weary of Jessica's even larger bottom-heavy figure portraying the front-heavy or proportionally drawn heroine. However Jessica decided to be proactive and a month before the film release several pictures from a photo shoot were released showing a nearly 500-pound Jessica partially dressed in the Invisible Woman's uniform the most famous of which showed her butt partially bare while looking seductively over her shoulder towards the camera. The pictures silenced nearly every diehard fan as many appreciated Jessica giving Sue Storm a definitely sexy look and earned her the title the "World Sexiest Woman of the Year."
Jessica's body continued to grow throughout 2007, but by the end of the year it was apparent that her weight gain was slowing up. As Jessica entered 2008 she announced that she was pregnant with her first child. While she did gain during the pregnancy, unlike other notable celebrity pregnancies of the time there was no dramatic weight increase. After the birth of her daughter, Honor Marie Warren, Jessica seemed to disappear along with her new husband and daughter for the rest of the year to shield themselves from the paparazzi for a few months.
In February 2009, Jessica reappeared on the scene as she guest starred in an episode of The Office which debuted right after the Super Bowl. She also started filming several films and became a target of the paparazzi as her bottom-heavy 550-pound body was one of the most searched items on the Internet. Although her enlarged body is a recent development, Jessica's career isn't defined by her meteoric weigh gain like those of Britney or Christina instead it was her incredible sex appeal at any weight that helped make her name. As her career moves forward, Jessica's image is of one of the world's sexiest actresses regardless of weight, which in FAT WORLD is a rare quality.