Feisty Latin beauty Jennifer Lopez is standing up for curvy women everywhere. Lopez, on the cover of the Cosmopolitan for Latinas winter issue, dishes on criticism she faced early on.
"When I first started on television, people, and even my own manager at the time, would tell me I had to make all of these changes," Jennifer Lopez reveals.
Lopez, whose beginnings were on In Living Color, wasn't having it.
"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!'" Jennifer Lopez advises. "And when you can really believe that, all of a sudden other people start believing too.''
Certainly, no one's been on Jennifer Lopez's case for her body any time recently, but the mother of two's healthy attitude serves as a great mentality for women everywhere. With her comments, hopefully Jennifer Lopez, whose relationship may be on the downswing, can inspire a greater sense of self in the generations influenced by her via pop culture.
"We have indeed seen a number of teens entering the hospital whose negative feelings about their appearance is a major influence on suicidal thoughts and even suicide attempts," said Dr. Jennifer Dyl, lead author of a study on the psychological effects of negative body image.
Jennifer Lopez's way of dealing with it seems simpler, but is perhaps more difficult to achieve in the modern media blitz:
"Early on, my family really made me love who I was and what I looked like," Jennifer recalls.
"My body was nothing out of the ordinary in my neighborhood," Lopez adds.
What do you think of Jennifer Lopez's attitude on body image? Is Jennifer Lopez right to quash the curve critics? How does Jennifer Lopez's perspective match up with yours?