Karen Belz
May 15, 2018 11:48 am

We’ve loved Jenny from the Block for decades, and one of the reasons why is because she’s always radiated a glowing confidence. But — if you can believe it — some people assumed that Jennifer Lopez wouldn’t make it in the industry because of her body. Lopez, who got her start as a fly girl on In Living Color, was naturally curvier than some of the others in the spotlight at the time.

Lopez opened up about her curves and views on body image to InStyle and said that she was always quick to shun critics who thought she should be thinner.

As you probably know, Lopez didn’t just make it as a dancer  — she became a triple threat, releasing albums and acting in some of our ultimate favorite movies. These days, she’s getting ready to star as Rose Alvarez in Bye Bye Birdie Live! which is expected to air on NBC in 2019.

According to Lopez, her generation in Hollywood idealized the “size zero,” but she knew that just wasn’t her. “It was just so unattainable for most normal people, including me,” Lopez added. “My mom and my grandmother were the ones who drilled into me, ‘This is how we are, and this is what’s beautiful.'”

We love the fact that she has such a healthy approach to body image. Bodies come in all shapes and sizes — and that’s both natural and beautiful. Thanks for the reminder, J.Lo!

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