By: Valerie Munoz
Jennifer Lopez isn’t called “Jenny From the Block” for no reason. She went from being homeless and sleeping on a $50 cramped couch, in a dance studio, to sleeping in a $18.5 million mansion and owning other properties. Jennifer Lopez, 47 year old actress, singer, dancer, fashion designer, author, producer, and mother of 2 kids has risen from the bottom to the top. HOW DID THAT HAPPEN?
“You’ve gotta do things that make you happy. As women, we tend to give a lot. We take care of a lot of people, and we can't forget to take care of ourselves,” says the inspiring celebrity. Jennifer lopez has proven to be a strong, hard working, humble, and empowered woman. Her career really took off in 1997 when she played Selena Quintanilla, in the movie Selena. She has had many more big successes since then.
Here are some reasons why she has become so successful:
Development of The Lopez Family Foundation
The Family Foundation was created by Jennifer Lopez and her sister, Lynda Lopez. This foundation was made to encourage the empowerment of women and children. Jennifer Lopez felt the need to address this because when her daughter was 3 weeks old, an unusual growth had formed on her forehead. She knew that in situations like this, some mothers don't have the money to provide the right medical care for their children. This shows how caring and giving Jennifer Lopez is, and how much she is willing to do not only her fans but people in general.
Her first album came out on June 1, 1999, called On the 6. This album includes many of her hits such as, If You Had My Love and Waiting for Tonight, which made it to the top 10 chart. By contrast her most recent album is called A.K.A which came out in 2014, and was considered to not be as big as her first album, being in the top 40 chart. Some tracks became hits, but they couldn’t reach her hit single Let’s Get Loud, which she performed during the Women's World Cup in 2009.
In 1997, she broke the “then-record” of the most paid actress with a $1 million dollar check on her movie Selena. She has produced and acted in many hit movies, including Maid in Manhattan, An Unfinished Life, and Parker. She also appeared in The Boy Next Door, which she produced herself just last year. Her most recent acting activity has been on Shades of Blue, which is a show about her being in a group of dirty cops. This show has been called for Season 2 which will come out on March 5, 2017.
Fashion Designing Career
Anyone who knows Jennifer Lopez knows how big of a bling girl she is. She has her own fragrance, jewelry, clothing line, and she has plenty of style in her personality. She really struck the fashion industry when she wore that green Versace body suit on the Grammy’s award ceremony in 2000. She has partnered up with Kohl's to sell her clothing and jewelry line, this was a huge surprise for her fans to be able to own something she designed. They also have the chance to wear a variety of styles from dresses to normal everyday jeans to professional casual wear to even hand bags and purses. I mean who wouldn't want a necklace from Jlo’s jewelry collection for Christmas?
January 21, 2015 was the official release date of her movie, The Boy Next Door. This was the first movie she had ever produced. She has produced T.V. shows in the past, for example, The Fosters which has been a very successful show that only used to come out on Netflix but now comes out on T.V. She had never fully produced her own movie until The Boy Next Door, which was a thriller movie about a divorced woman who was a professor, and had her next door neighbor as a student.
Even with all her success, Jennifer Lopez has managed to keep her humble and “not forgetting where you came from” attitude. This is the reason she inspires me. She has all the money she could ask for, she acts in the most famous, well known movies, but yet she still knows where she came from and helps people, with either The Lopez Family foundation or just visiting hospitals and showering kids with joy and gifts. She never stops and never gives up, she keeps pushing and shows people that she can do it, which is why she is such an influential person. As said by Jennifer Lopez herself, “Beauty is only skin deep. I think what's really important is finding a balance of mind, body and spirit.”
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