Jennifer Lopez’s foray into showbiz hasn’t always been glamorous. We take a look at how the multi-talented entertainer survived bad hair days and questionable fashion choices to become the pop diva she is today.
In Living Color
Lopez, 22, got her showbiz start as a dancer on variety show In Living Color in 1991. As one of the Fly Girls, Lopez danced alongside Rosie Perez while comedians Jamie Foxx, Jim Carrey and the Wayan brothers did their sketch on stage. Lopez never let her wild curly hair and baggy clothes get in the way of stardom. She left the show after two seasons to pursue a full-time acting career.
Lopez portrayed late Tejano singer Selena in a film based on her life in 1997. She dyed her hair black, had bangs and wore some of the singer’s most iconic outfits. Lopez earned rave reviews for her performance as the affable Selena and earned a Golden Globe nomination. In an interview with Billboard magazine in 2007, Lopez said playing Selena inspired her to start her own singing career.
On The 6
For her debut studio album On The 6, released in 1999, Lopez shed her girl-next-door persona in favour of a sexier image. With her long sleek tresses, Lopez was the unforgettable sultry siren in the music video for breakthrough single If You Had My Love. Lopez also showed off her abs and killer dance moves. It was also around this time that Lopez dated hip-hop mogul Sean Combs (then known as Puff Daddy before he was P. Diddy).
The following year, Lopez wore a revealing Versace dress to the Grammys with Combs as her arm-candy. To quote fellow presenter David Duchovny: “This is the first time in five or six years that I’m sure that nobody is looking at me.”
Lopez turned up the glam factor for the release of her second album J.Lo in 2001. Nothing says “I made it” like posing in a chic fur coat with the spotlight reflected on her aviator glasses. She also fully cemented her status as a sex symbol by taking her top off at the end of music video for Love Don’t Cost A Thing. The album debuted at the top spot on the Billboard chart and Lopez also had the No. 1 movie in the US at that time with The Wedding Planner. Speaking of wedding, Lopez married choreographer Cris Judd in the same year. The marriage ended in September 2002.
This Is Me Then...
In 2002, Lopez dated actor Ben Affleck and the media dubbed the duo, Bennifer. The glamorous pair hit the Academy Awards together (Lopez was every inch the movie star in vintage Valentino), starred in a movie (the ill-fated Gigli) and even a music video! Lopez also released her third album This Is Me Then... which featured the hit single Jenny From The Block.
In 2007, Lopez released Spanish-language album Como Ama Una Mujer and earned positive reviews, selling 4.5 million copies worldwide. Two years before, she scored a box-office hit with Monster-In-Law. Lopez has done it all, so what else is there to do? Then in 2012, she reportedly earned U$20mil (RM64mil) as a judge on Season 11 of American Idol.
The mother of two (twins Max and Emme from a 10–year marriage with Marc Anthony) released her eighth studio album A.K.A in June this year. Believe it not, Lopez – who turns 45 in two weeks – is hotter than ever. The glamourous diva danced her famous derriere off in music video I Luh Ya Papi.
Her killer abs from If You Have My Love? Still there. The newly-single Lopez, who split from Casper Smart last month, also graced the cover of Us Weekly, showing off her fit body. At the recent FIFA World Cup opening ceremony in Brazil, Lopez rocked the stage in a shimmery green bodysuit. The dark-haired beauty chose a global event to show everyone that the former Fly Girl has come a long way.
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Jennifer Lopez to perform in Singapore in September