The 52-year-old singer, who began her career as a dancer and actress in the early 1990s before charting hits like 'Jenny From the Block' and 'Love Don't Cost a Thing' in the 2000s, became 'encouraged' by her parents to be proud of her Latino background.
The pop star revealed she felt 'like a unicorn' when she first arrived in Hollywood. Lopez revealed on Tuesday (September 20) on 'The Today Show' talk show: 'It's just who I was. My parents encouraged me to be proud of who I was. And when I arrived in these worlds like Hollywood, where we weren't even represented yet, I almost felt like a unicorn. i am latina I'm Jennifer Lopez from the Bronx. And my parents are Puerto Rican, I'm a Puerto Rican. And I think that made me feel special.' The 'Marry Me' actress - who tied the knot with actor Ben Affleck in July 2022 - also opened up about how she has 'some things' related on her body image. Most people working in the industry at that time were all 'size zero,' but Jennifer actually grew up seeing a lot of 'different kinds of beauty.' 'Even the whole body image thing was part of it. It was like everyone [...] was tall, blonde - beautiful, there was a certain kind of beauty - but there were other kinds of beauty that I grew up with,' the star added .