Jennifer Lopez might have one of the most covetable physiques in all of Hollywood, but even she has faced unrealistic beauty standards―specifically early in her career. “They kept telling me to lose weight,” Lopez tells E! “And I was a dancer and I was athletic and even my manager at the time, who I no longer work with, um, was telling me, ‘You need to lose weight. You need to be thinner.’”
Thankfully, she pushed back. “I was like, 'No I don’t. If I lose any more weight it won’t be me.’ You know what I mean?”
J.Lo was inspired to share her story because a fan told her she was inspired to stop wearing sweatshirts around her waist thanks to her confidence. “It was a fight. It was definitely a fight, and so 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,” she says.
The singer also applauded the current movement toward body acceptance. “It’s a different time now, you know, which is awesome to see for me, where it’s about our differences. It’s about all the diversity. It’s just a more accepting time of everything, whether it’s body type or race or gender. We’ve come a long way.”