Cosmo talks body confidence with the high priestess of fabulosity, J. Lo
We'd like to say that in the flesh, Jennifer Lopez is, frankly, a bit plain. Only she's not— the 41year- old is all flawless skin, strikingly beautiful features, and gleaming, killer legs. She's nice too. Well, more power to her— as long as she'll divulge her secrets.
You seem to have real body confidence. What's the secret?
" Well, I know it's hard for women to tap into that feeling of self- worth. We need to get the message out that you are valued, you are a goddess and we should never forget that. It's about stopping those thoughts of negativity and insecurity. I think changing that and really recognising yourself triggers control of how you feel, so you're able to go, ' No, I'm awesome man, I'm amazing, there's nobody like me.' I think that's the biggest secret."
Did you get those messages from a young age?
" I think so. There was a lot of love in my family, and it helps, absolutely. But it's easy to let negative stuff get to you. I'm no different from anyone else. If I'm performing for 20,000 people and there's one person near the front row who's not enjoying themself, it'll be that one person who's going to bother me. That's why it's important to remember you're special, so those messages register more than the few negative ones."
Are you proud to be the poster girl for girls with curves or are you a bit sick of the subject?
“It just depends on whether it’s done in a disrespectful way. It can be a real compliment. But when people comment on my figure in a nasty way that they find funny or amusing, it gets a little insulting. Then, yeah, it tiring.”
What exercise works for your body?
“Right now I’m doing Tracy Anderson ( the
dance- based Tracy Anderson Method is what has kept Gwyneth Paltrow and Madonna uber- toned for years). Dance- based- exercise works for me but I think it’s great for anybody. Often it doesn’t really feel like exercise.”
You have fabulous legs. Any tips?
“Making sure they’re smooth is a good start. I was talking to a friend about how she used to have to borrow her dad’s razors and fumble around with these blades— I’d say thank god for Venus that we don’t have to borrow guys’ stuff anymore and we have our own now!”
Having a little girl yourself, do you think there’s too much pressure on young women these days to be completely hair- free?
“I never think about it. It just comes down to what you feel comfortable with. And, you know, maybe it’s just one of those trends that’ll pass.”
Do you always have your razor to hand or are you the girl who forgets to shave unless there’s a special occasion?
“No, no, I do it all the time, and I’m not a hairy person, but even the littlest bit of hair comes up and I whip it off. I’m definitely a groomed person— I like clean hair and nails.”
In a film for Care, one of the charities you support, charity workers say that one of the first things that happens when they give disadvantaged girls a school education is that they begin to take an interest in how they look. Does that surprise you?
“No. A part of how to take care of yourself on the outside reflects how you feel within. If you become empowered on the inside, it will reflect on the outside. I don’t believe for a second that that’s a superficial thing; it is important.”
You seem to be enjoying judging on American Idol...
“I really am!”
Those kids, and especially the girls, are going to be scrutinised really harshly. What do you tell them?
“They’ll be ripped apart, for sure. You know it’s part of this business but sometimes we think, ‘ Can they handle this?’ Some already seem very fragile, so how will they deal with the big time? They’ve got to be tough and know who they are. We mentor them as much as we can. We have to keep our distance too, because we’re judges, but we do what we can to share our own experiences.” J. Lo is global ambassador for Venus. To help women in need, Venus and Jennifer Lopez are supporting the charity Care. For more information, visit Facebook. com/ Venusuk
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