Let’s Take A Moment And Admire J.Lo’s Rise To Super Stardom From Her Humble Days As A Fly Girl
J.Lo is the modern day Renaissance Woman we don’t deserve. Seriously. She does everything and totally owns her space in the entertainment and business worlds like few women have. Honestly, we need more women to unapologetically take up space in these worlds because it’s time ladies start running things.
She’s Jenny from the Block, an incredible dancer, singer, actress, television producer, fashion designer, business woman, mother, and so much more. We don’t know how she does it but we do know how she got here. Here’s a brief look at her rise to super stardom to give you all the inspo you need to chase your dreams.
She was born in the Bronx as Jennifer Lynn Lopez on July 24, 1969.
Also, she has a signature face that she whips out for every single selfie and probably lots of other occasions. J.Lo is what my mom is proud to be: a New Yorican.
She started taking singing and dancing lessons when she was just 5 years old.
Her mother was a kindergarten teacher and her father an IT guy. Somehow they just knew that she was meant to greatness in entertainment. Seems like it really paid off for them.
Jenny went to an all-girls Catholic school called Bronx’s Preston High School.
I checked and the school does NOT, I repeat, does not have a photo of Jennifer Lopez on the home page. I’m shooketh. What else could you ever brag about?
Growing up, Jenny was nicknamed “La Guittarra” because of how her body curved.
She’s been hitting the gym since forever and does it show. She took this photo the morning of her 49th birthday this year. I wanna look like you, but like right now. I’m 26.
After high school, Jenny moved to Manhattan and would even sleep in the dance studio she practiced at.
She wanted to be the best. She did it. Her first solid paying gig was actually in Japan where she danced in the musical “Synchronicity.” She sacrificed for her dreams and it all worked out for her, don’t ya think?
J.Lo graced the first ever cover of Latina magazine.
This was back in 1996. Can you tell? That “Racism 101: Teach Your Kids to Cope” is breaking my heart a lil. Is that edition still out?
This year, J.Lo accepted the 2018 VMA Vanguard Award with an incredible performance.
She performed a 10 minute mash-up to “On the Floor,” “Waiting for Tonight,” “Love Don’t Cost a Thing,” “Ain’t Yo Mamma,” and “All I Have.” There was even a Skrillex remix leading up to “Jenny from the Block.” She was drippin’ in gold from her bedazzled Yankee cap.
Her net worth is now $400 million and that’s just crazy.
“Le queire, le quiere dinero!” This woman never stops working and it looks like she’s still after the di-nero, di-nero. This is how she showed up to promote her latest single with DJ Khaled and Cardi B., “Dinero.”
Jenny now owns her own production company, Nuyorican Productions.
She does it all. She’s produced “World of Dance,” where she is a judge, “Shades of Blue,” which she starred in, “The Fosters” and “Good Trouble,” which features a lesbian couple who have adopted Latino twins and raise awareness around the foster care system in the United States, and so much more. She’s making the world a better place.
Lopez never intended to star in her executive produced show “Shades of Blue.”
When Lopez and her partner, Benny Medina, went to pitch the concept to NBC, the execs asked her why she wouldn’t be playing the role. Her response? “I don’t know. Maybe I should.” That was all the convincing they needed to sign the deal.
J.Lo was chosen to portray Selena Quintanilla out of 20,000 women who showed up to audition.
Fans were upset that a Nuyorican was cast in fear she wouldn’t be able to do the Tejana justice. J.Lo ended up singing only three words in the whole movie and that movie undoubtably launched her whole career.
J.Lo is the only woman to be twice voted as FHM’s Sexiest Woman in the World.
The reason is obvious. We don’t know how she does it as an actress, producer, TV judge, singer, and mother. She’s always been this way though. In her Bronx neighborhood, her nickname was “The Supernova.”
For J.Lo, family is everything.
On her birthday this year, she held an intimate family gathering on the beach with boyfriend, Alex Rodriguez. In an Instagram post, he wrote, “When we were kids, birthdays were exciting because it was all about the gifts we would be getting. A new bat, dance shoes, maybe a new CD (yes I’m old!). I see firsthand how that’s changed for Jennifer, and how she’s found joy in sharing with others. For someone who has been about giving everything she has 365 days a year—to our children, our families, the world—I hope today, we can give you all the happiness you deserve. I love you mucho Macha 13. ❤️”
J.Lo’s daughter, Emme, is in talks to land a book deal right now.
She’s 10 years old, and Jenny is supporting her to the max. Emme’s father, Marc Anthony, J.Lo and ARod were all seen at a dance recital of hers, as well. This sweet girl is getting more than a luxe life, she’s getting a family that loves her and supports her big dreams.
Which is why Lopez has been outspoken against the family separation policies.
Caption: “Reading the news about the separation of children from their families, I can’t help but think about my own children. I cannot fathom a world where they would be ripped from my arms, taken to a place no better than a prison far from home. I feel we will never forget this moment in time. Bearing witness to these atrocities and that’s what they are, I can say for sure, remaining silent is not an option. As a Latino, and as you know very well, a proud Bronx born Puerto Rican American, we and the people of all different races, roots, and culture have enriched this country. But the recent rhetoric and constant dismissal of what we bring to the table has to stop. This is about basic human rights and decency. If you care about children, have concern for the lack of transparency about this disastrous display, in full view to the world in general, I encourage you first to get caught up on the situation. Next, call your congressperson and demand an answer, but I also want you to remain hopeful—hold fast to hope, faith and Love. We first need to admit we have a problem before we can heal it. We cannot focus on the evil, we must push towards unity and get to a healing place. ITS ALL IN OUR HANDS. Supporting one another in these troubled times, we can remain on the right side of history: the side where children are safe and in their parents arms. Act now, call now, speak now, LOVE now.#familiesbelongtogether #lovenothate”
J.Lo has dated several eligible Hollywood bachelors, but they just can’t keep up with her.
Remember Bennifer? Remember their love project “Gigli”? They just had to make a movie together after meeting a year before. After production, Ben Affleck took out a $3000 full-page ad in The Hollywood Reporter to basically write her a love letter. Her “graciousness of spirit, beauty in courage, great empathy, astonishing talent, real poise and true grace” is loveable for us, too, Ben. A couple years later, the couple went their separate ways.
Literally months after Affleck, J.Lo married her long-time friend, Marc Anthony.
The two had a pair of twins together and while they ended their marriage seven years later, they still support each other and their children.
We’re all shipping J-Lo and A-Rod though.
Just a couple years ago, Lopez spotted him outside a Beverly Hills restaurant and taps on his shoulder. He immediately tells her she’s bella and asks her to dinner that same night. A-Rod has dated Cameron Diaz, Kate Hudson and even Madonna.
But most of all, we worship the ground you walk on.
Not only has she become the highest paid Latina in the entertainment industry, paving the way for more visibility, she’s actually produced the shows that hire Latinos, and has been unwavering in her commitment to Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria and to advocate for children separated at the border.
Thank you for being you, Jenny, and for dreaming big enough for all of us. Te queremos. 😘