Jennifer Lopez reveals she felt like a ‘unicorn’ when she started acting in the 1990s

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Jennifer Lopez says Latina made her feel “special” in the early days of her career.

In an exclusive interview with Morgan Radford for Today, the 53-year-old spoke about her experience making it in show business and some of the obstacles she faced on her way to becoming a superstar.

The Grammy winner admitted that the definition of beauty when she was trying to break out was very different than it is now, as 30 years ago most women were “a size zero,” she said.

Special: Jennifer Lopez, 53, says Latina made her feel “special” in the early days of her career, revealing, “When I entered these worlds where we weren’t represented at all, I felt like a unicorn”

“Even the whole body was like that. It was like everyone was a size zero, tall, blonde — beautiful, a certain kind of beauty — but there were other kinds of beauty I grew up with,” she explained.

She said her parents’ trust came and their pride was the family’s heritage.

“When I entered these worlds where we were not represented at all, I felt like a unicorn. “I’m Latina. I’m Jennifer Lopez from the Bronx. And my parents are Puerto Rican, I’m Puerto Rican.” And I think it made me feel special,” she noted.

Proud: The Una Noche Mas singer said her parents instilled pride in their family of their Puerto Rican heritage when she was growing up.  “I'm Jennifer Lopez from the Bronx.  And my parents are Puerto Rican, I'm Puerto Rican'

Proud: The Una Noche Mas singer said her parents instilled pride in their family of their Puerto Rican heritage when she was growing up. “I’m Jennifer Lopez from the Bronx. And my parents are Puerto Rican, I’m Puerto Rican’

The Marry Me star admitted that it took her a while to realize that she could work not only for others, but also for herself.

“Even in my own company, I was the artist who made billions of dollars for other people, and didn’t even really realize it, just happy to be in the room,” the newlywed who recently tied the knot with actor and director Ben Affleck, 50, explained.

“And then I began to realize, wait a minute. I can make my own perfume, I can do this in my own way, I should own part of this company.”

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Now the Jenny From the Block singer is working to help other Latinas achieve their dreams. She and her foundation Limitless Labs are partnering with nonprofit Grameen America to invest $14 billion in Latina-owned companies by 2030.

Helping others: Jennifer partners with nonprofit Grameen America's Andrea Jung to invest $14 billion in Latina-owned companies by 2030

Helping others: Jennifer partners with nonprofit Grameen America’s Andrea Jung to invest $14 billion in Latina-owned companies by 2030

Changing Lives: We change lives,

Changing Lives: We change lives,” the Una Noche Mas artist explained about her new initiative. ‘We want to grab, empower, give opportunities to the Latino entrepreneur… that’s all everyone wants’

Early Days: Seen here in 2002 with Ben Affleck;  she had more curves than most actresses

Early Days: Seen here in 2002 with Ben Affleck; she had more curves than most actresses

“We change lives,” declared the Una Noche Mas artist. “We want to get to the Latino entrepreneur, empower them, give them opportunities where there weren’t — you know, I grew up the way I did, we weren’t even in the conversation that way.”

Latina entrepreneurs, along with their Latino counterparts, make up one of the fastest-growing groups of small business owners in the U.S., according to a 2020 State of Latino Entrepreneurship report from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

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The report found that they are six times faster than other racial or ethnic groups to set up businesses, but are 60 percent less likely than white entrepreneurs to get loans from national banks.

Same Day: Jung, President & CEO Grameen America and Lopez attend Grameen America's Raising Latina Voices to kick off Hispanic Heritage Month

Same Day: Jung, President & CEO Grameen America and Lopez attend Grameen America’s Raising Latina Voices to kick off Hispanic Heritage Month

“The chance to do something is all everyone wants. No one wants alms, but that opportunity could change your life.’

The versatile businesswoman and entertainer is currently supporting victims of Hurricane Fiona, which devastated Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.

JLo has announced that it is working with the Hispanic Federation in both island states to help victims living without electricity and other essential services.

She urged her fans to also do what they could by going to hispanicfederation.org.

Victim Support: The superstar has announced that she is working with the Spanish Federation to provide assistance to the millions of victims in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic affected by Hurricane Fiona

Victim Support: The superstar has announced that she is working with the Spanish Federation to provide assistance to the millions of victims in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic affected by Hurricane Fiona

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