She wanted to be the best, and soon enough, Jennifer began working as one of the backup dancers for the up-and-coming boyband “New Kids On The Block.” But, her real big break was about to come; she auditioned to be a Fly Girl on the television series “In Living Color.”
Jennifer was not chosen initially, but when the show hit its third season, Jennifer officially became Fly Girl; she ended up only staying for one season before leaving the show to pursue an acting career.
A Modern Renaissance Woman
J.Lo has been called a triple threat and has made quite the name for herself in the entertainment world. She's shown us that the world needs more women who start running things. Jennifer was born in the Bronx as Jennifer Lynn Lopez on July 24, 1969, and her journey began when she started taking singing and dancing lessons when she was just five years old.
Her father was an IT guy, and her mother was a kindergarten teacher. After high school, Jennifer moved to Manhattan, and she would sometimes sleep in the dance studio she practiced at.
The Role of a Lifetime
In 1997, Jennifer landed the role of a lifetime when she got cast as the late Grammy-winning Tejano singer, Selena. Despite having worked with the film's director before, Jennifer still had to go through an intense auditioning process before she was cast in the film. The film is credited as what launched her into stardom.
After filming Selena, Jennifer wanted to pursue singing, and with that, she released her debut single, "If You Had My Love." During the production of her debut album, Jennifer was aware that she received her recording contract based on her looks and an already established name in the entertainment industry. She wanted to prove she had musical talent.
Growing up, Jennifer was heavily influenced by various Latin music styles ranging from bachata to salsa, but it was the 1979 hip-hop song "Rapper's Delight" by The Sugarhill Gang that she said changed her life. Lopez has also said she was influenced by artists such as Tina Turner, Madonna, James Brown, Michael Jackson, and Barbra Streisand.
She was also hugely inspired in her younger years by the 1961 musical film "West Side Story." Lopez has cited Janet Jackson as one of the main inspirations for her own dance, saying that she started dancing because of Jackson's music video for "The Pleasure Principle."
Jen Finds True Love At Last
When it comes to Jennifer Lopez’s romantic life, her path has been paved with many trials and tribulations. Over the years, countless headlines have proclaimed, “Jennifer Lopez Finds True Love At Last” alongside happy photographs. It may be that her rush to the altar is the reason behind the breakdown of her marriage.
Or does she just make bad choices when choosing a partner? With a new ring on her finger, has she finally found the one?