Super Star: Jennifer Lopez

by Masood Haider

Jennifer Lopez is one of the most beautiful, successful and richest women in show business today. Her detractors think she is a superficial product of the show biz industry, but her fans believe she’s God’s gift to acting and singing. Using her manipulated notoriety, she has launched her own clothing and perfume labels and these have become as hot as Ms Lopez herself.

Recently, Lopez announced she will embark on a world tour. At the same time she said she would like to raise children with her latest hubby Marc Anthony. With charisma and charm, J. Lo has been able to reach almost unparalleled success in both her acting and singing careers. Rarely has anyone been successful in both industries so consistently

Juggling innumerable projects is a cinch for her. She has been doing it while involved in on again, off again romances with the likes of Ben Affleck, P. Diddy and Chris Judd among others.

Jennifer Lopez is the very essence of the so called “American Dream”: a rags-to-riches story that’s proof that anyone can do great things with hard work, talent and a little luck.

She is about as sexy as any woman can naturally be and she’s a smoking’ Latin babe as many of her critics admit.

Ms Lopez’s big break came with Selena. It didn’t only launch her career, it got her a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in 1998. Unlike many other actresses who need a collection of no-name movies on their credits to finally break through in a blockbuster, most of her movie roles have “brand name” recognition. Look no further than Anaconda, U. Turn, Out of Sight, The Cell, The Wedding Planner, Angel Eyes and Maid In Manhattan and even the box office failure Gigli which also doomed her romance with Ben Affleck.

As for her recording career, she has become one of the most bankable artists in Sony Music history. Her debut album On the 6 went platinum after two months. When her follow-up album, J. Lo, was released, she became the first female artist to have a No.1 album and a No.1 film (The Wedding Planner) in the same week.

Aside from her talent, Jennifer has also become the butt of many “wedding” jokes, probably because at the age of 33, she added marriage #3 to her belt, this time to Latin crooner Marc Anthony. Back in 1997, People magazine had already recognized her unique looks by including her in its 50 Most Beautiful People list. She has since become a list regular and for good reason. Although she isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but few dispute her beauty.

At the 2000 Grammy Awards, J. Lo appearing with P. Diddy in a low-cut Versace gown scandalized the audience but it helped her launch her own clothing line – it seems like women worldwide want to be just like Jenny.

As for Jenny’s famous behind, that has spawned more insurance stories than Michael Jackson’s facial ups and downs. A little meat doesn’t hurt. Yes, it’s still larger than average, but that is what has made her so rich? She loves her backside and is willing to poke fun at it (when she was on Saturday Night Live in 2001, she encouraged cast members to make it the focal point of some sketches).

Though Ms.Lopez occasionally misses the mark, she’s typically a class act and one of the most stylish women in the world. She dresses provocatively, wearing outfits that leave little to the imagination. On the other hand, she can pull off sophistication with an evening gown at the Oscars, and she can dress down with the best of them at the MTV Awards shows. Either way, Jennifer is a woman of many tastes and showbiz critics acknowledge she is a quintessential ‘Super Star.”


Bio – High Steppin’ Latina

Jennifer Lopez was born on July 24,1970, in the Bronx, New York City. Of Puerto Rican descent, she enjoyed great success as an actress before emerging in the late 90s as one of the new wave of Latin pop stars, alongside leading male singers Ricky Martin and Enrique Iglesias.

As a child Lopez appeared in musical theatre, before making her film debut as a 16-year old in the movie My Little Girl. Her break on television came in 1990 when she won a dance contest to become a Fly Girl on the Fox television comedy series In Living Color. Further television work ensued, including appearances in the series Second Chances and Hotel Malibu (credited on both as Melinda Lopez), the short-lived South Central and a television movie Nurses On The Line: The Crash Of Flight 7 (1993). She made her first major big screen appearance opposite Wesley Snipes and Woody Harrison in 1995’s Money Train, before working with director Gregory Nava on My Family, Mi Familia. Her experience on the latter led indirectly to the high-profile role of murdered Tejano star Selena Quintanilla in the 1997 biopic Selena.

Now considered a major player in Hollywood, Lopez’s acclaimed appearance opposite George Clooney in 1998’s Out Of Sight made her the highest paid Latin actress in history. However, it was her role in Selena that led to the revival of her music career. Major label backing, heavyweight producers of the calibre of Emilio Estefan, Rodney Jerkins and Sean “Puffy” Combs, and the attendant crossover success of Martin and Iglesias, made 1999’s On The 6 one of the summer’s most hotly anticipated releases. The album, named after the train line the young Lopez used to take into the city, was a predictable commercial success. The first single If You Had My Love (produced by Jerkins), topped the US charts for five weeks. The follow-up, Waiting For Tonight, was also a transatlantic hit. The album’s other tracks, most of which were co-written by executive producer Corey Rooney, included Feelin’ So Good (featuring cameos from rappers Fat Joe and Big Punisher), a duet with Marc Anthony on No Me Ames and the Trackmasters-produced Should Have Never.

Lopez remained in the media spotlight through her troubled romantic dalliance with Combs. Her chart-topping sophomore set J. Lo was premiered by the transatlantic hit single, Love Don’t Cost A Thing, a rare quality moment on an album full of hackneyed urban beats and very little Latin flair. Further hit singles lifted from the album included Play and a remix of I’m Real featuring rapper Ja Rule. The following year’s remix album was promoted by the US chart-topping collaboration with Ja Rule on Ain’t It Funny. The singer’s third studio album, released the same December, was premiered by the transatlantic hit single Jenny From The Block, featuring Jadkiss and Styles. The video to the single starred actor Ben Affleck, Lopez’s new love interest.