Jennifer Lopez (1969-Present), aka J-Lo, is a singer/actress/dancer/producer/designer/TV show judge born in the Bronx to Puerto Rican parents. Her career started as one of the dancers in In Living Color!
before she landed a star-making role in the biopic about the singer Selena
. More acting roles followed as did a career in music. Her debut album, 1999's On The 6
was a huge hit and helped spearhead what music critics called "The Latin Invasion" of 1999 along with Ricky Martin and Enrique Iglesias
. In 2001, she became the first performer with a #1 movie (The Wedding Planner
) and album (J. Lo,
from her famous nickname) in the same week.
Unfortunately, her career has since taken a downward turn due to the Hype Backlash
that followed. Her relationship with Sean "P. Diddy" Combs fell apart, in the wake of Combs being accused of gun possession, shooting, and injuring people at a nightclub (a charge he was ultimately acquitted of). She moved onto a high profile relationship with Ben Affleck
, spawning the Bennifer nickname and producing the critical and commercial flop Gigli
. Her music career stalled after the release of the single "Jenny From the Block", which was supposed to address accusations that she was a money-grubbing sell-out, but only made things worse with its video, which was the exact opposite of what the song was trying to say.
She's done some advocacy work in various ways, including vaccination awareness for some diseases, and for awareness of violence against women.
Lopez still acts and records music, and as of the 2011 season, appeared as a judge on American Idol
. Her most famous physical ... asset
is her large, curvy rear, which has sparked a few talk show punchlines. Ironically, diet and fitness had already whittled her posterior to average size by 1999, which probably says more about Hollywood's standards
than J-Lo's bum.
- On the 6 (1999)
- J.Lo (2001)
- This Is Me... Then (2002)
- Rebirth (2005)
- Como ama una Mujer (2007)
- Brave (2007)
- Love? (2011)
- Dance Again: The Hits (2012)
Jennifer Lopez provides examples of:
- Absolute Cleavage: The famous Grammys dress. It provides the picture for that page.
- Acting For Five: In the Get Right video she plays the DJ, the bartender, the Bar Dancer, an Adorkable Meganekko customer with no sense of rhythm and a gang girl, plus the tradition music video dancing bit.
- Auto Tune: One of the remixes of "If You Had My Love", and more recently, her cover of "Venus".
- Broken Aesop: The video for "Jenny From the Block" shows Jennifer walking around in various luxurious things, but the song is supposed to about how she's just the same girl as before she got rich.
- More an example of Completely Missing the Point on the part of most everyone. The song is about how she's still just her normal self despite the luxurious riches. The video shows her with all these fabulous riches, but doing things like working out on a treadmill (in her fabulous apartment), hanging out with her boyfriend (on a yacht), walking her dogs (while wearing thousands of dollars in designer clothes), and fighting with her boyfriend (at a posh outside restaurant). It's the juxtaposition that the song is about, and it's the ordinary behavior in extraordinary surroundings that people miss.
- Captain Obvious Aesop: Rich people still have day-to-day lives that are simply flashier than yours.
- Break Up Song: Love Don't Cost A Thing. He'll Be Back. (Can't Believe) This Is Me.
- Development Hell; Love? and how! Originally due January 2010, came out April 2011.
- Dancing Is Serious Business: One of the better female dancers in the world, with Britney Spears.
- Everything's Sparkly with Jewelry: Including the line "Don't be fooled by these rocks".
- Exhort The Disc Jockey Song: Most of her singles (e.g. "Play").
- Fake Nationality: She actually got some criticism for playing Mexican-American singer Selena in the film of the same name (Lopez is Puerto Rican.) This changed when people actually saw the movie.
- Gender Blender Name: Played characters named Slim (Enough), Charlie (Monster-In-Law), and Ricki (Gigli).
- Gratuitous Spanish: Spanish album.
- Hot Mom: To twins Max & Esme
- In Da Club: The setting of "On The Floor" and "Get Right".
- Inter Course With You: A theme of J.Lo.
- In Love with Love: Noted as having had three different marriages and said she'd do it again.
- Male Gaze: Seriously, put together a top ten list of reasons why she's famous and popular, and just try leaving out a mention of her butt.
- That said, Rolling Stone once did an entire cover story about her without mentioning it at all.
- Meaningful Name: She named her twins Max and Esme, in an all but certain nod to Dragon Tales.
- Ms. Fanservice
- New Sound Album: This Is Me Then was more "Fuller" and personal then her prior works.
- Love? is much more musically based around EDM than her previous works. This is the case with a lot of musicians who have also veered more into this area - see Chris Brown, Rihanna and Britney Spears.
- N-Word Privileges: Whether she has them or not is debatable (being Latino), but she does drop a rather jarring N-bomb in "I'm Real". Sort-of justified in that it was written by the (black) rapper/singer Ja Rule (although she probably should've had enough sense not to cause the controversy).
- Older Than They Look:Nobody believe she's 43, at all!
- Paying Their Dues
- Pretty in Mink: Worn lots of furs.
- Going Fur a Swim: A photoshoot for "Vanity Fair" magazine. Here and here.
- Naked in Mink: A photoshoot for "Movieline" magazine. Here and here.
- Some scenes in the "Jenny From the Block" video show her in a fur coat, silver-grey bikini bottoms, and not much else.
- Real Women Have Curves: Her status as a sex symbol during the late 90's and early 00's was seen as finally breaking the trend of the super-skinny "Heroin Chic" look of the early and mid-90's.
- Romance on the Set: She and Ben Affleck when filming Gigli. The film was even rewritten to take advantage of that. That didn't turn out well.
- Silly Love Songs: Her This Is Me...Then album
- Spicy Latina