Jennifer Lopez Fronts Cosmo for Latinas Winter 2013
During her Q&A session with the publication, the "Waiting for Tonight" songstress dished about her heritage and shared how she dealt with harsh critics slamming her famous curves.
Check out a few highlights from Miss Lopez's interview below. For more, be sure to visit Cosmo for Latinas!
On her Latina inspiration:
"I was really moved watching 'West Side Story' as a young girl and seeing Puerto Ricans star in it. Even though it wasn't the best depiction of us, they still have the passion and love that I relate to - not to mention the singing and dancing! Rita Moreno became a hero to me."
On her body's insecurities:
"Early on, my family really made me love who I was and what I looked like. My body was nothing out of the ordinary in my neighborhood. When I first started on television [as a Fly Girl on 'In Living Color'], people, and even my own manager at the time, would tell me I had to make all of these changes. But you have to stand up and say, 'There's nothing wrong with me or my shape or who I am, you're the one with the problem!' And when you can really believe that, all of a sudden other people start believing too."
On being Latina:
"I love the people that I grew up in, the strength and passion and the heart that we bring to things and then the way I was raised - the intense love we demonstrate."
On conquering stage fright:
"One day somebody told me I had to perform in front of 35,000 people on the set of 'Selena.' I didn't know how to do it. I just said to myself: Don't think about it. You can do this and you'll be great. I walked out onto the stage. And then I did. I've been following that rule ever since."
Photo Credit: Matthias Vriens-McGrath for Cosmo for Latinas