J Lo says her daugh­ter’s con­fi­dence is a pri­or­ity

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Jen­nifer Lopez is hope­ful she can teach self-ac­cep­tance and con­fi­dence to her daugh­ter.

The singer-ac­tress has in­spired women to em­brace who they are by pro­mot­ing a pos­i­tive body im­age, and even has celebri­ties among her fans.

“So many peo­ple have come up to me over the years — fa­mous peo­ple, peo­ple I meet on the street, fans, every­body and they say that very thing: ‘Thank you so much. I have the same type of body. I used to think I was fat, but now I feel beau­ti­ful,’ ” Lopez tells InStyle magazine. “My gen­er­a­tion was very much fo­cused on size 0 mod­els. It was just so unattain­able for most nor­mal peo­ple, in­clud­ing me.”

Lopez cred­its her mother and grand­mother for shap­ing her con­fi­dence, ex­plain­ing they drilled the mes­sage “This is how we are, and this is what’s beau­ti­ful” into her from an early age, adding, “My dad loved my mom’s body — all the men in our fam­ily loved the women’s bod­ies. Be­ing curvy or not be­ing six feet tall was never a bad thing; it was ac­tu­ally some­thing that was cel­e­brated.

“And so, later on, when I brought that in front of the world, I wasn’t re­ally try­ing to send a mes­sage. I was just be­ing my­self.”

Now Lopez is work­ing to make sure her 10-year-old daugh­ter, Emme, adopts the same self im­age.

“The one thing I re­ally want to teach her is to love and re­spect her­self first and to make sure she com­mands re­spect from oth­ers,” the 48-year-old told the publi­ca­tion. “So­cial me­dia, it’s fun and so­cial, but at the end of the day you’re liv­ing in real time, where you have a core group of friends and fam­ily.

“I try to get her to fo­cus on the things that mat­ter: be­ing a good per­son, friend and daugh­ter, be­ing happy with her­self and do­ing the things she loves.”

Emme is Lopez’s daugh­ter from her mar­riage to Marc An­thony.

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