Jenny… From the New Kids on the Block! Jennifer Lopez was discovered in 1991 (aged 22) after being selected as a backup dancer for New Kids on the Block and performing with them at the American Music Awards. Fun fact: the song ‘Jenny from the Block’ wasn’t released until… 11 years later (2002)! Source: Scott Gries / Getty Images Entertainment / Getty Images It took 8 YEARS to start her music career!
After dancing with NKOTB, Jennifer Lopez spent several years as an actress working on direct-to-video and TV movies before being commended for her spectacular roles in big-screen movies ‘Blood and Wine’ and ‘Selena’. In 1997, she cut a Spanish-language demo for Sony Music Entertainment Group, but her lead single, which was in English, didn’t see the light of day until 1999! From Jennifer Lopez to J.Lo In an effort to develop her image as a beauty and fashion symbol, Jennifer Lopez stylized her artist name as “J.Lo”, something her fans were already calling her. Her 2001 sophomore album was self-titled “J.Lo”. The same year, she also launched her own clothing line, J.Lo by Jennifer Lopez, one of the first mainstream lines that catered to women of all shapes and sizes. Source: KMazur / WireImage / Getty Images Charity Work Since the early 2000’s, J.Lo has been heavily involved in charity and relief work. Her beneficiary causes include relief for victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks, providing healthcare to underprivileged women and children, hurricane relief efforts (in particular, hurricanes Sandy, Irma and Maria), LGBT rights, HIV/AIDS research and more.
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Records & Achievements J.Lo’s career has been exceptionally lucrative and successful. She has sold 80 million records worldwide; grossed 3 billion in the movie industry; is the only entertainer to have had simultaneous #1 spots for an album and a film in the U.S.; her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is number 2,500 - a landmark number to honour a remarkable career.
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