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When she first came out as the lead in the biographical movie, “Selena” in 1997, Jennifer Lopez captivated audiences worldwide with her gorgeous Latina looks, sweet smile and acting capabilities. She then took the music industry by storm, hitting high notes with her singing prowess. When her music videos featuring her dancing skills began appearing on screens everywhere, J. Lo, as she is more commonly known, climbed to dizzying heights of fame by proving that she was one of Hollywood’s powerful triple-threats.

More than her media fame however, J. Lo has established her niche in the fashion industry, having opened her own clothing and accessory lines: J. Lo by Jennifer Lopez in 2003, Sweetface in 2005 and JustSweet in 2007. She also took part in the 2003 Louis Vuitton Winter show and has been an active participant in the celebrated New York Fashion Week events. In addition to clothing, she opened a line of perfumes, body lotions and bronzing products, and is the face of shampoo brand Lux in Japan.

That’s not all for this actress-singer-entrepreneur, who seems to be constantly broadening the scope of her business ventures. In 2002, J. Lo entered the food industry by opening a Cuban restaurant called Madre’s in Pasadena, California. She currently owns a television and production company, Nuyorican Productions, has been the executive producer of reality shows and a mini-series and sits as one of the judges of the popular show, “American Idol.”

J. Lo’s philanthropy has been focused mostly on children, she herself being a mother of 3-year old fraternal twins, Emme Maribel Muniz and Maximilian David Muniz. She is one of the biggest supporters of the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, going so far as to form The Maribel Foundation in 2009 to help those in the hospital and improve health care for children everywhere. Her efforts include working hand-in-hand with Sounds of Pertussis and March of Dimes in the promotion of vaccinations for whooping cough, supporting the Make a Wish Foundation, the Children’s Health Fund, the Chicago Children’s Memorial Hospital, Youth at Risk and Macy’s Passport for AIDS Research.  Because of these, she was awarded with the Children’s Humanitarian Award by the Children’s Hospital in 2004. J. Lo even took home the Artists for Amnesty International award for her work in exposing the killing of hundreds of women in Juarez, Mexico as shown in the movie, “Bordertown,” which she starred in and produced.

At 42 years old, Jennifer Lopez has achieved iconic status and maintained her fabulous physical appearance, with numerous awards for her music and acting under her belt and her face on the 2011 People magazine’s cover as the year’s most “Beautiful Person.” She remains to be one of the “Most Influential Hispanics” of the world, as recognized by People en Espanol, a fashion symbol, a major force in the film and music industries, a successful businesswoman and an example of good motherhood.

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