Celebrating 49 Years of Jennifer Lopez

Celebrating 49 Years of Jennifer Lopez

Jenny from the Block officially rings in a new year.

Jenny from the Block officially rings in a new year.

Text: Thomas Chou

Now that Leo season has started rolling in with a bang, we’re celebrating in the best way we possibly know how—by honoring the legendary Leo that is Jennifer Lopez on her 49th birthday today! Despite the widely-accepted fact that Ms. Lopez has halted physically aging after she turned 25, today marks a momentous milestone of nearly five decades of wisdom and experience tucked under her belt—whether it’s as Hollywood actress, a worldwide record-breaking singer, a reality television show judge, and a mother.

J-Lo’s illustrious career within the entertainment industry is rivaled by few, particularly as a woman of color in a primarily whitewashed industry. Beginning her foray into the world of entertainment as a backup dancer in 1991—kicking off a now-cumulative body of professional work that spans almost 30 years—she represents one of the most adaptable and dynamic performers that the industry has ever seen. From her humble roots that stem from a Puerto Rican family living in the Bronx, NY to the international stardom that she’s achieved now, J-Lo is living proof that first-generation Americans are capable of earning (and deserve) a space in the spotlight.

Today, we’re taking a look back at some of Jennifer Lopez’s most iconic moments throughout her career in celebration of her ever-growing legacy. From her breakout role as Selena in the biopic made in 1997, to her most outrageous and iconic red carpet looks, Lopez has undoubtedly altered and diversified the scope of mainstream entertainment and fashion as we know it.

Be sure to check out the slideshow below, and relive and relish in the wonder that is Jennifer Lopez.

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