Jennifer Lynn Lopez (born July 24, 1969), also known as J. Lo, is an American singer, actress, dancer, fashion designer, author, and producer.Lopez became interested in pursuing a career in the entertainment industry following a minor role in the film, My Little Girl (1986), to the dismay of her Puerto Rican parents, who believed that it was an unrealistic career route for a Hispanic. Lopez gained her first regular high-profile job as a Fly Girl dancer on In Living Color in 1991, where she remained a regular until she decided to pursue an acting career in 1993. She received her first leading role in the Selena biopic of the same name in 1997. Lopez became the first Latina actress to earn over US$1 million for a role the following year, with the film Out of Sight. She ventured into the music industry in 1999, with her debut studio album, On the 6.
opez launched the Dance Again World Tour, her first headlining concert tour, on June 14It was a lucrative, grossing over $1 million per show.On July 12, Lopez launched Teeology, a luxury T-shirt e-commerce. Lopez voiced Shira, a saber tooth tiger, in the animated film, Ice Age: Continental Drift, the fourth film in the Ice Age franchise. The film became Lopez’s highest opening weekend figure.Lopez is regarded as the most influential Hispanic performer in the United States, having been credited with breaking racial barriers in the entertainment industry. The Record newspaper observed that she was responsible for the introduction of a Hispanic presence in the film industry.In Icons of American Popular Culture: From P.T. Barnum to Jennifer Lopez (2009), author Robert C. Cotrell describes Lopez as the Hispanic version of Oprah Winfrey, calling her a “multidimensional artist who had turned into a financial powerhouse”. In 2012, Forbes opined that Lopez “may be the most powerful entertainer on the planet”,and named her “the world’s most powerful Latino celebrity”. Lopez is the highest-paid actress of Hispanic descent, as well as the wealthiest actress in Hollywood as of 2013.Miriam Jiménez Román stated in The Afro-Latin Reader: History and Culture in the United States (2009) that “shewas able to traverse the difficult racial boundaries”.