Adding another cover to her credit, Jennifer Lopez fronts Cosmo for Latinas Winter 2013 issue.
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.”