Jessica Alba, GQ

British GQ

Leave it to Jessica Alba to make modesty look sexy.

The actress models a navy, one-piece swimsuit for the cover of British GQ's August 2014 issue. Striking a confident pose in front of a surfboard, the red-lipped beauty proudly puts her famous figure on display.

Ironically, Alba would prefer to advertise her abs rather than show her stems.

"I have to enhance what I like about my body and my stomach is good," she says. "My legs I'm not as excited about all the time, but I wouldn't cover up my stomach. That's what women do. Enhance what we've got." Luckily, the star of Sin City: A Dame to Kill For has tips for doing just that. "Wear clothes that are too tight," she advises. "Bathing suits that are too tight and small T-shirts, and I'm not a fan of studs or tattoo prints on T-shirts or trousers. I like a skinny jean, but I just think tight board shorts are weird."

These days, Alba is embracing her womanhood like never before.

It's been nine years since she played exotic dancer Nancy Callahan in Sin City, and since then, the actress has gotten married and given birth to two daughters. Reprising her role as surprisingly easy, she reveals. "I feel much more grounded, much more comfortable, much more saucy. Then I was a girl, I was timid, I was afraid, I was so insecure and now I'm a woman and it's different," Alba says. "I'm more uninhibited."

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For offered Alba the chance to push the boundaries a little futher. "There's more of me and I do more than I did in the first one. I have a bit more of a character arc in this one. There's more dancing, but the dancing's really connected to the story," she shares. "Nancy's a bit of an alcoholic and a bit of a mess and she's depressed and angry. The dances in the movie reflects where she's at."

Was it easy to learn how to lasso again? "One of the transport guys was a cowboy and he brought his to work and he showed me how to do it in a parking lot before I went on stage," the 33-year-old Honest Company co-founder tells British GQ. "It's not terribly easy but it's not the hardest thing in the world."

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