Jennifer Lopez is probably just as famous for her curves as she is for her music, but things might not have been that way if she would have listened to people in the industry at the beginning of her career who told her to lose weight. The superstar singer says she has always been proud of her curves, and she has never listened to her haters.
“They didn’t bother me at all. But I got a lot of flak for it from people in the industry. They’d say, ‘You should lose a few pounds,’ or ‘You should do this or do that.’ It finally got to the point that I was like, ‘This is who I am. I’m shaped like this,’” Lopez told InStyle.
The 48-year-old went on to say that everyone she grew up with looked like that, and to her, they were beautiful. So, she didn’t see anything wrong with it, and she still doesn’t. Alex Rodriguez’s love also revealed that her family helped her form a positive body image.
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She says her mom and grandmother drilled it into her that “This is how we are, and this is what’s beautiful.” Lopez also says that her dad loved her mom’s body, and all the men in her family loved their women’s bodies. It wasn’t a bad thing to be curvy or not be six feet tall, and instead, it was something they celebrated.
So, later, when she brought that in front of the world, Lopez says she was just being herself, and not trying to send a message.
The mom of 10-year-old twins, Emme and Max, says that she embraced her body at a time when her generation was focused on size zero models because that look was unattainable for most normal people, including her. And, by taking that stand, Lopez ended up paving the way for people of all sizes.
She says many people have come up to her over the years – famous people, fans, and those she meets on the street – and they all say thank you because they have the same type of body and used to think they were fat. But, now they feel beautiful.
Lopez admits that she is working on passing her strength to her daughter, and she wants to teach her to love and respect herself first and make sure she commands respect from others. She says social media is fun, but at the end of the day, you are living in real time with your core group of family and friends. And, she tries to get Emme to focus on things that matter – be a good person, friend, and daughter, while being happy with yourself and doing things you love.
As for her music career, Jennifer Lopez just released a new song with Cardi B. and DJ Khaled titled Dinero.