Jennifer Lopez Reveals How Her Family Celebrated Her Booty: ‘Curves Were Glorified’

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Jennifer Lopez celebrates her body in a new cover story for InStyle’s December Issue, on sale November 9th. Photographed by Anthony Maule

 

Jennifer Lopez’s ample booty is now famous worldwide. But even when she was growing up, the star reveals her family praised her butt.

“In my family, curves were glorified and part of the culture,” J.Lo declared in the cover story of InStyle’s December issue. “It was just like, ‘Jennifer has a big butt, and it’s good.’”

The “Jenny From the Block” singer, who declared herself “a proud Bronx born Puerto Rican American” on Twitter this summer, famously grew up in the Bronx borough of New York City.

She’s discussed her crew’s praise of her cheeky asset before: In 2014, she told L.A.’s Power 106 station that the public’s fascination with her backside astounds her: “In Hollywood, it’s a little bit of a novelty. But for us, who grew up where we grew up, it wasn’t that big of a deal! From when I was very young, my family would be like, ‘Jennifer’s got a [big butt].’ I was endowed in that area.”

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Jennifer Lopez is all smiles in her workout clothes in New York City on August 1, 2018. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images) James Devaney/GC Images

Starting her career as a Fly Girl on In Living Color, JLo has always been fit — though she’s arguably in the best shape of her life at 49. “It’s crazy,” David Kirsch, one of her trainers, told Us in July 2018. “Like the most amazing bottle of wine, she gets better with time and that is just the truth. Her skin is flawless. Her body is flawless.”

The Shades of Blue actress works hard to keep it that way. Her workouts are non-stop, high-energy sweat sessions of continuous movement (think: plank to side plank to medicine ball toss to lunge). “The workouts are my express workouts. There is no rest, there is no, we’ll grab a quick breath chatting in between, but that’s how we do it,” Kirsch, who is the fitness and wellness curator at CORE: Club in New York City, told Us. “The workouts are very focused and the eating is very focused… She’s very mindful of her body being this beautiful temple and really respecting it.”

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Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez at the 33rd Annual Great Sports Legends Dinner in New York City on September 24, 2018. Thos Robinson/Getty Images for Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis

For the past year and a half, the star — whom Kirsch says “doesn’t drink” — has been dating former New York Yankees slugger, Alex Rodriguez. And she told the mag she credits social media for lessening the intense scrutiny she received during her romances with Sean “Diddy” Combs and Ben Affleck in the late ’90s and early ’00s. “Now people get to see that this guy they thought was this hard-nosed athlete is, like, a goofy dad who loves his kids and celebrates his girlfriend,” she says.

Something else the World of Dance judge believes is improving, albeit slowly: the treatment of women in Hollywood. “It has taken time,” she says, “but I think we’re in a very powerful moment where women are going, ‘Wait a minute. We’re not afraid to say what we deserve.’”

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