The slim Brazilian also modeled for top designers like Dior, Gaultier, Valentino and Lacroix. At the age of 13 she was discovered by the director of the prestigious Elite modeling agency who happened to be on holiday on the beach in Rio.
JLo´s fashion advisors are her sister Lynda (photo right) and her longtime friend the Cuban model Natalie Martinez (photo left).
She was born on July 24th in 1969 in New York (Bronx) to parents of Puerto Rican descent. She started out as a musical dancer. After her presence in "Oklahoma" and "Jesus Christ Superstar" she went on a European tour with the show "The Golden Musicals Of Broadway."
Photo: Jennifer as a teenager
In 1990 JLo started acting and in 1991 she won a national dance contest to become a fly girl on the sketch comedy series "In Living Color".
Her movie career started in the movie "My Family" (1995) of the producer Francis Ford Coppola. For her role as the young mother Maria Sanchez she was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award.
In 1997 People magazine's readers voted Jennifer as one of People Magazine's 50's Most Beautiful People in the world.
In 1997 Jennifer Lopez played the role of the great Tejano Star Selena Quintanilla. By the time of her death in 1995, Selena had sold 1.5 million records. Her death stunned the Hispanic music world. At that time she did not have a clue that also she would once be a famous Latino singer. However, it was her role in Selena that led to the revival of her music career.
In June 1999 she also started her career as a singer - her first studio album "On The 6" of Jennifer Lopez. Alongside leading male Latin pop star Ricky Martin JLO became a leading female Latin pop star.
The album became a worldwide success. Her first single "If you had my love" was a big hit in all European charts. Afterwards her single "Let`s get loud" boomed the charts. At the end of 2000 she had been sold 8 million albums.
During her singing career she kept playing in movies such as:
1995: My Family, 1995: Money Train, 1996: Jack, 1997: Blood and Wine, 1997: Selena, 1997: Anaconda, 1997: U-Turn, 1998: Out of Sight, 2000: The Cell, 2001: The Wedding Planner, 2001: Angel Eyes, 2002: Enough, 2002: Manhattan Love Story, 2003: Gigli, 2004: Jersey Girl, 2004: Shall we dance?, 2004: An Unfinished Life, 2005: Monster-in-Law (see above).
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