Jennifer Lopez is one of the most famous women in the world. Not only is she a successful recording artist selling millions of records around the world, but she also is an actress, starring in many notable movies as well as a designer an entrepreneur.
At 50, JLo is still one of the women to watch on the red carpet. From daring dresses to couture pieces, Lopez knows how to work the red carpet and have all eyes on her. Here’s how she became flawless figure she is today.
JLo has always been vocal about her Puerto Rican heritage and how proud she is to be a prominent figure representing them. While her parents had humble beginnings and her mother was a kindergarten teacher and her father was a computer specialist, there are other family members who jumped on the showbiz bandwagon.
Her younger sister, Lynda, worked as an anchor for shows including Good Day New York and Fox 5 Live and ABC Radio. Jennifer’s older sister Leslie works as a music teacher in the Bronx of New York.
An iconic dress
One of Jennifer’s first moments of stealing the limelight and having all eyes on her was when she rocked the famous Versace green dress with a plunging neckline and sheer skirt at the 2000 Grammys.
The red carpet moment went down in history and the photos went viral online. This dress popped up again at the Versace Spring 2020 fashion show when Donatella recreated the dress for JLo to strut her stuff down the runway in. Even 20 years later, she still looked flawless.
So many scents
JLo is a woman of many talents and one of her businesses has come from fragrances. Up to 2019, JLo has launched 30 fragrances, each which have seen huge numbers in revenue. Her most recent fragrance is called PROMISE and has a deep meaning for the star.
She explained “this is a passion project for me. PROMISE embodies everything I am, not just as a performer, but as a person, as a mother and as a daughter.”
Jennifer Lopez is one of the most beautiful women in Hollywood so it isn’t a surprise that she is in high demand on the dating scene. Lopez has been married three times, her first marriage was to Ojani Noa in 1997 but it only lasted 11 months.
Her second marriage was to backup dancer Cris Judd but their union only went on for a mere nine months. It was reported that both of her divorces were a result of her career going up and the marriages took a step back which broke them down.
In 2002, Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck met on the set of the movie Gigli. Although the film wasn’t a success, their relationship was, and they turned from co-stars to lovers. Their romance was one of the most high profile in Hollywood and they earned the name Bennifer.
The same year they got together, Affleck popped the question with a 6.1 carat pink diamond ring. However, all was going well until a few days before the Santa Barbara wedding was due to happen and it was completely called off.
The breakup with Ben was devastating for Jennifer and she took some much needed time off to heal and recover from the heartbreak. It was soon after this that singer Marc Anthony walked into her life and everything just seemed to click into place.
The two were old friends but their friendship became romantic and they knew they were supposed to be together. They were married in 2004 but after 10 years, they went their separate ways, realizing that this was not forever.
JLo and A-Rod
After getting together in 2017, Jennifer and former pro-baseball player Alex Rodriguez became engaged in 2019 after Alex popped the question while on a romantic getaway with a 20-carat emerald-cut diamond, worth an estimated $4.5 million.
It wasn’t just Alex and Jennifer becoming family, it was also their children, Alex’s two daughters and Jennifer’s son and daughter were said to be getting along swimmingly. Apparently, their kids wanted them to marry just months after they began dating.
Actress and producer
In the early 2000s, Jennifer co-founded film and television production company Nuyorican Productions with her manager Benny Medina. Despite Jennifer leaving the partnership soon after it started, Benny has always been in her inner circle and to Jennifer’s children Benny is known as Uncle Benny.
Nuyorican Productions ended up going from strength to strength in the industry and it has produced drama TV show The Fosters and The World of Dance. In addition, they produced JLo’s newest film Hustlers.
In 2019, Jennifer starred in the movie Hustlers as the lead stripper Ramona. Other notable names in the movie include Constance Wu, Cardi B and Lili Reinhart and it was actually a very challenging movie to star in due to the difficulty of advanced pole dancing. Jennifer admitted it was “one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do for a role.”
She installed poles in all of her homes and had a daily teacher so she could perfect the moves in a couple of months. The training paid off and she looked amazing in the movie, with many questioning if she used a stunt double for the tricky pole scenes.
In 1997, Jennifer got her breakthrough role playing Selena Quintanilla-Pérez in the biopic titled Selena. For her portrayal of the Texan-native turned Latin artist, Jennifer earned critical acclaim and this catapulted her career. Jennifer was a singer before getting this role and due to many singers who didn’t transition well into acting, people were skeptical.
However, once the movie came out, everyone who doubted Lopez was proved wrong and they realized she really could act and she earned a Golden Globe nomination for the film.
Jennifer began performing at the age of five years old and took classes in dancing and singing but had a very normal childhood overall, attending a Catholic school and participating in various sports.
In her final year at school, she was cast in a low budget film which is when Jennifer discovered her love of acting. Instead of pursuing acting from then, she wanted to please her parents and enroll in New York’s Baruch College but after the first semester realized it wasn’t for her and dropped out.
Going for it
When JLo realized her passion, she decided to go for it and let nothing get in the way of her doing so. Her parents were not exactly supportive of her decision so she took matters into her own hands.
At 18 years old, she moved to Manhattan, working in a law firm in the day and taking various dancing jobs at night. She would practice into the early hours of the morning, sometimes sleeping in dance studios. Her big break came in 1990 when she got the role of a Fly Girl dancer in the 1990 Fox comedy, Living In Color.
If you thought Jennifer was a woman of many talents, you don’t know the half of it. She has always had plenty of determination and this led her to compete in a triathlon in 2008. While JLo was used to having grueling dance training sessions, this was completely different to train for.
The Nautica Malibu Triathlon consisted of a half-mile swim, 18-mile bike ride, and a four-mile run and was not an easy feat. However, Jennifer stunned everyone and completed in just two hours and 23 minutes.
Staying in shape
There is no denying Jennifer is one of the fittest women in Hollywood and at 50, she is putting the 20 something year olds to shame. To stay in peak shape, she drinks plenty of water for her skin and overall health.
She doesn’t drink alcohol or coffee and eats only organic, nutrient-dense foods. Her diet is really clean and consists of protein, veggies and pulses. While it sounds restrictive to most, it works for JLo and it shows.
If you’ve got it, flaunt it
When people grow older, they often want to hide their age, but not JLo. She decided to be vocal about turning 50 and embrace everything that came along with that.
She explained “It was important as a woman to do that; to let people know that you don’t get to write women off at a certain point in their life.” Lopez added that people get better with age and that’s how she sees this new milestone in her life. When you look like JLo, there is nothing bad about getting older.
Number 1 in more ways than one
2001 was a really great year for Lopez and she proved to everyone that she really is a triple threat. Her second album titled J.Lo reached the number one spot on the US Billboard 200 and this happened the same week her rom-com The Wedding Planner took the number one spot at the box office.
From this, Jennifer became the first entertainer to have a number one film and number one album in the same week, a truly impressive achievement.
A surprise appearance
Watching JLo perform live is something so many people have on top of their bucket lists, so when she decided to surprise fans at Maluma’s concert in New York’s Madison Square Garden, the crowd went crazy. JLo stole the show in a stunning gold ensemble as she belted out her music.
The appearance was used in a movie scene for a new project that Jennifer and Maluma were working on together. It is reported to be similar to Notting Hill and a Star is Born.
Jenny from the block
When Jennifer sang about being “Jenny from the block” its because she truly was and her New York roots meant so much to her. She titled many of her songs about living in New York and her 1999 album was called “On the 6”.
This was paying homage to the subway train she would take all the time when commuting between the Bronx and Manhattan at the beginning of her career. Despite living in LA, Jennifer will always be a New Yorker at heart.
Jennifer Lopez is a woman of many businesses, but one business that is extremely close to her heart is her nonprofit foundation, The Lopez Family Foundation, which she launched with her sister Lynda in 2009. Jennifer and then-husband had a medical scare with their three week old daughter Emme and following the hard time, Jennifer was inspired to help others.
She knew that not everyone had access to the same medical care that she did and wanted to be able to give back as much as possible. The organization provides health care education and opportunities for women and children.
Diddy and Jennifer
Another one of Jennifer’s high-profile relationships was with rapper and mogul, Sean Combs, also known as P.Diddy. As two stars in their own right, the couple became one of the early 2000s greatest power couples and the photo of Jennifer wearing that famous Versace emerald dress was on a red carpet with Combs.
The couple ended their relationship following a terrifying ordeal at a New York City nightclub where there was a shooting and the celebrity couple ended up being arrested, although all charges were later dropped.
Diddy gets thirsty
Despite Jennifer and Combs’ relationship ending almost two decades ago, earlier this year something happened that reignited all the articles and photos about their relationship when Jennifer posted a photo of her rock hard abs on Instagram, explaining she was doing a 10-day, no carbs, no sugar challenge.
Diddy saw the post and felt compelled to leave a comment which read “OMG” along with emoji heart eyes. JLo’s fiance A-Rod also jumped into the comments writing “Lucky me”. Diddy later apologized to the couple and said he meant nothing by it.
Even JLo has a guilty pleasure
After a tough day’s work, everyone unwinds in some way and Jennifer Lopez is no different. When she has some much needed time off from performing, appearing at red carpet events, playing mom to her kids and running multiple businesses, she admitted she loves to watch reality TV show.
Her personal favorite is Mob Wives, and watching a bunch of reality shows helped JLo in her career, appearing as a judge on American Idol and as an executive producer on dance competition series, World Of Dance.
At the 2013 American Music Awards, Jennifer Lopez was given the honor of paying tribute to the late legendary Afro-Cuban singer, Celia Cruz. The singer lost her battle to cancer at the age of 77 in 2003 but her incredibly legacy lived on.
In Jennifer’s tribute, she belted out hits including “Quimbara,” “La Vida es un Carnaval” and “Bemba Colorá”, and was accompanied by plenty of costume changes. Critics and fans hailed Lopez’s performance and noted the late singer would have been honored.
Considering she has been at the top of her game in singing and acting since the 90s, it is no surprise that JLo has a number of notable awards to her name. Since 2019, the star has won hundreds of awards throughout the years including 11 Billboard Latin Music Awards and three MTV Video Music Awards.
For her achievements in film Jennifer has also been nominated for Golden Globe for her performance in the 1997 film, Selena and in 2019 she won the CFDA Fashion Icon Award.
Insuring the assets
Jennifer Lopez is one of the most beautiful and famous Latina’s around, so it wouldn’t be shocking to hear the rumors that she had her voluptuous curves insured for a huge amount of money. JLo has many songs where she sings about her booty, so many people believed she spent $1 million insuring it.
However, the rumors were put to rest by the star herself when she appeared in James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke and he straight up asked her about it. Unfortunately, there are no official papers showing it was insured.
A glimpse into the future
Jennifer’s upcoming film Marry Me sees her portraying a popstar who is stood up by her rockstar fiance at Madison Square Garden right before they were set to tie the knot. Instead of having to go home humiliated, she decides to just marry a guest played by actor Owen Wilson.
Also starring in the comedy is John Bradley, Michelle Buteau, Sarah Silverman, Chloe Coleman and Maluma. For the wedding scene, JLo wore a stunning wedding gown by designer Zuhair Murad.
Undeniably, in Jennifer’s movie career, one of her most famous roles was in the 2001 romantic comedy The Wedding Planner, starring opposite Hollywood heartthrob Matthew McConaughey.
Their chemistry in the movie was evident and watching the story unfold of Jennifer evolving from wedding planner to love interest for Matthew was a big hit with fans. The movie opened at number one in the box office and brought in a total of $95 million, despite getting negative reviews from the critics.
Mini Marc Anthony
With both parents being successful musicians, it was obvious that JLo and Marc Anthony’s kids were going to inherit their talent. Jennifer has posted video clips of their son, Max, to her Instagram showing the youngster performing a rendition of Vance Joy’s song, “Riptide.”
While Max sang sweetly, his sister Emme played the guitar as backup, showing that music really did run in the family. Jennifer has also featured the twins numerous times on her YouTube channel.
Being in the entertainment industry for so long, Jennifer has made some strong friendships over the years, which have surprisingly stood the test of time.
While many Hollywood friendships break down due to rumors, scrutiny, competitiveness and jealousy, that can’t be said for Jennifer’s friendship with actress Leah Remini. Leah explained that they “are very close, like sisters are and also in a different way than sisters are.” They even starred alongside each other in the 2018 movie Second Act.
Making it in music and Hollywood is not an easy feat, but when many people don’t make it and join the thousands who tried, they can often get nasty. This was the case for another female artist who accused Jennifer of stealing her songs and making them international number one hits.
However, collaborating with other artists and using them on your tracks is an extremely common thing and is seen as a celebration of talent, rather than stealing. Jennifer has collaborated with artists including Cardi B, Iggy Azalea, French Montana and Pitbull.
When Jennifer was trying to get her movie career going, she was open to all kinds of genres in order to boost her presence in film. She ended up starring in the science fiction fantasy film titled The Cell in 2000. The film’s plot was surrounded by horror and psychological twists and something that was very uncharacteristically Jennifer Lopez.
She played a psychologist who understood what was going on in someone else’s unconscious mind and she enters the mind of a psychotic serial killer to figure out a kidnapping case.
Love and dance
After Jennifer’s divorce from Marc Anthony, she began dating her former backup dancer Casper Smart. They began dating in October 2011 and the 18-year age difference didn’t seem to be much of an issue for the much older star. Casper starred in JLo’s music video for “Dance Again” and the two immediately hit it off.
The couple were together on and off for five years and a few years after they finally parted ways, Casper admitted he wasn’t ready for a woman with kids.
Super Bowl 2020
It is a huge honor for any artist who is asked to perform at the Super Bowl halftime show and in 2020, Jennifer was asked to headline the show alongside Colombian superstar Shakira. Both women are huge stars and they both have an incredible stage presence that is big enough to get the largest of stadiums rocking.
Taking place at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, JLo and Shakira are expected to put on a huge show which will be watched by close to 100 million people around the world.
Woman of many names
Considering she is still at the top of her game many years later, it is no surprise that Jennifer has been given plenty of different nicknames which show off her success over the years. Not only has she need named FHM’s Sexiest Woman in the World twice, she was also known as “la guitarra” at her local gym when growing up.
The direct translation of this is guitar and it means that her gorgeous curves are in the shape of a guitar. In the Bronx, she was also known as “the supernova.”
Lopez has admitted she is a very passionate person and wants to be the best she can in her career. She explained that se is not motivated by money and her role in her new film Hustlers exemplified this.
JLo barely got paid anything to star as Ramona in Hustlers and she decided to produce the film as she believed in it. Her decision paid off and Hustlers looks to do incredibly well at the upcoming movie award season.
Bringing home the dinero
Between acting, music, perfumes, endorsements and other public appearances, Jennifer Lopez has multiple income channels and they have just become more and more lucrative throughout the years.
Not only has the star made profitable partnerships, she is also an entrepreneur and has a very distinct idea of what works for her and what doesn’t. As a result, her overall net worth is said to be around $400 million with an annual salary of around $40 million.
Face of luxury
Jennifer Lopez is currently at the top of her game and is considered one of the biggest A-listers around the world. Having said that, the actress and singer has the ability to pick and choose what brands she gives her name and face to, ensuring that it works with her image and personality.
In late 2019, it was announced that Jennifer would be the new face of luxury brand Coach, starring in their leather goods, ready-to-wear and footwear campaigns for 2020.
A perfect match
When JLo was asked how she knew that A-Rod was the one, she explained that they are very similar in their work ethic, drive and ambition. She added “We’re both super-hard workers. We’re driven by our passions. And we have a tremendous amount of respect for each other.”
Jennifer also explained that Alex knows she has his best interest at heart and they only want the best for each other in their lives. With Alex worth over half a billion by himself, JLo is not far off this either.
When JLo was predominantly working as a dancer, she joined the New Kids on the Block on tour and it was one of her first big gigs and even got the chance to perform with them at the 1991 American Music Awards.
Unbeknownst to her that she would one day be accepting awards at these shows. Lopez also worked as a backup dancer for Janet Jackson and even danced in her 1993 hit “That’s the Way Love Goes.” Jennifer pulled out of Janet’s tour to try and go solo.
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