Jennifer Lopez is opening up about firing her past manager after she was told to lose weight in order to hit it big in Hollywood.
Jennifer spoke out about her body shaming past during a For Your Consideration Emmy event in Los Angeles for her NBC drama series Shades Of Blue on June 9, where Lopez admitted that she was told by numerous people that she needed to lose weight if she wanted to make it as a singer, actress, and dancer.
“They kept telling me to lose weight,” Jennifer said according to Us Weekly, before Lopez confessed that even her manager at the time claimed she needed to drop a few pounds and become “thinner.”
“I was a dancer, and I was athletic, and even my manager at the time, who I no longer work with, was telling me, ‘You need to lose weight. You need to be thinner,'” Lopez confessed at the event this week.
Jennifer then revealed that she stood her ground with the body shamers, opting to keep the curves that have since become the envy of women around the world and instead opted to ditch the manager.
“I was like, ‘No I don’t!'” Jennifer told the fan of her reluctance to lose weight before becoming a global superstar.
“If I lose any more weight, it won’t be me.’ You know what I mean?” Lopez told the body shamers.
But it wasn’t smooth sailing, as Jennifer Lopez also stated at the Shades Of Blue event that she actually had to put up a pretty serious fight to keep curves.
“It was a fight, it was definitely a fight,” Jennifer admitted of her weight loss battle. “It’s good to hear that it helped anybody in some way, because, at the end of the day, I was just trying to be myself without trying to fit into a mold of what everybody else should be.”
Jennifer Lopez previously spoke out about the manager who told her to drop a few pounds in a 2011 interview with Glamour magazine, where Lopez confessed that she fired the team member for suggesting she needed to lose weight in order to be successful in the entertainment industry.
“I was just so infuriated that somebody said you couldn’t have a little extra meat on you – because I was by no means fat!” Jennifer told the magazine of the incident 5 years ago, admitting that she found the insinuation that she was too big to be “so mean and closed-minded.”
“I was like: ‘No, this is who I am and this is the type of woman that I grew up with and it’s beautiful,'” Lopez told the magazine at the time, “there’s no reason to be anybody but myself.”
Fortunately, Jennifer admitted in the interview that she no longer feels the pressure to lose weight, admitting that she thinks “people know better” today.
But, this isn’t the first time Lopez has been seriously candid about her weight.
Jennifer also spoke out about her weight and size during an interview with Vogue in 2012, where Lopez admitted that she actually considers herself to be “a regular woman” when it comes to battling body issues.
“I’m not a size 0 or 2. I’m not 6-feet-tall like a lot of the models that come around,” Jennifer told Vogue. “I’m just a regular woman. I wear a size 6. You know, when I eat a little too much over the holidays, maybe a size 8. When I’m in shape, maybe a size 4,” Lopez confessed.
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