In fact, the first major acknowledgement of Jessica’s beauty came in 2001 when she was voted at number 1 in Maxim’s ‘hottest 100 women in the world’ list. Since then, Jessica has received many such titles from various magazines, all emphasizing her natural good looks.
Interestingly enough, Jessica claims that she goes to great lengths not to use sexuality to her advantage, even if sometimes this is the only way to reach out to certain people.
Ever since she was a teenager, Jessica has always been the subject of unwanted attention from men of all ages. As a matter of fact, Jessica had to leave the church because of how much ‘attention’ she received from older men during those days.
When talking about it with her youth pastor, he would tell her that it was because of her provocative clothing. Instead of constantly having to deal with this, Jessica decided that it was best to stop going to church altogether. In an interview, Jessica said that she used to blame herself as a teenager for all the unwanted attention she received, which ultimately made her feel ashamed of her body.
In a recent interview, she said that the main reason why she isn’t extremely religious is because of how religious people view women and their role in society.
It isn’t all dark and grim however, as Jessica’s beauty also helped her in many ways over the years. Who could say what type of success her charity work would have if she wasn’t such a looker. Subsequently, Jessica has always feared of being a sex kitten typecast, which is why she is playing more and more roles that don’t really focus on her natural good looks these days. In fact, she firmly refuses to shoot any nude scenes and has strict standards of what she will and will not wear during photo shoots.
She is so self conscious about her image and how people view her, that she sued Playboy in 2006 after the magazine featured a picture of her on the cover. Jessica claims that her being on the cover gave the impression that the magazine featured erotic pictures of her, which was couldn’t have been further away from the truth.
Jessica may not enjoy being the center of attention very much, but she welcomes any contracts that she gets because of her public image. Over the years, her beautiful smile and natural good looks landed her some pretty lucrative deals with movie studios and magazines. Even so, Jessica resents ambitious young girls who are prepared to do anything to get famous, as she never really considered her beauty to be an asset, especially when negotiating with men.
The reason why Jessica is so selective about her roles, is because she wants to be taken seriously as an actress, and the only way to do that is to take roles she otherwise wouldn’t be interested in.