The lowdown on JLo

A beginner’s guide to the Latin-American superstar ahead of her Dubai visit

Ahead of her return to Dubai this November (find out how to get tickets here) we look at the life and times Jennifer Lopez, of one of the world's biggest ever pop icons.

Origins
Jenny is – as we all know – from the block. Specifically, the Castle Hill area of the Bronx. Her first break was as a dancer on early ’90s Fox network TV comedy In Living Color, through which she rose to become an in-demand film star. It wasn’t until 1999 that she released her debut album, On the 6, named after the subway line she used to ride into Manhattan.
(We’ve dug out 21 more facts about JLo, too).

Significance
She has shrewd business sense. Ventures including bestselling perfumes, clothing line, L’Oreal advertising deal, a jewelley line created with designer Giuseppe Zanotti, being a judge on American Idol and her dance competition show World of Dance, and endless film and TV roles, have all kept the superstar just as relevant today as she was when she first broke out onto the scene.

High points
Her 2001 movie The Wedding Planner, in which she starred opposite Matthew McConaughey, was a box office smash hit and made her the first woman to have a number one film and album simultaneously in the US.

Her lucrative Las Vegas residency live shows at Planet Hollywood, which began in January last year. Lopez recently signed a three-year contract to perform another 120 shows.

Low point
Her track Dear Ben, released in 2002. It’s a sickeningly sweet ode to her then fiancé Ben Affleck, which includes the lyrics, “My love, my man, my child, my friend and my king.” They split in 2003.
(Check out some of her other greatest hits in this musical timeline).

Legacy
JLo has showed that a Latin-American woman could be as much the complete pop package as anyone else. More than that, she was the forerunner of the abbreviated celebrity name. We’ve got RiRi, R-Patz and even SamCam to thank her for.

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