Jennifer Lopez—or J.Lo or Jenny from the block, depending on how long you’ve been following her career—has been in the public eye ever since she appeared as a Fly Girl dancer on In Living Color in 1991. You might think, then, that there’s nothing left to learn about the multitalented multi-hyphenate. Well, you’d be wrong! Below, find five things you might not know about the brand-new Mrs. Affleck (and Vogue cover star):
1. She was formerly a backup dancer for Janet Jackson.
In a classic case of legends linking up, Lopez starred in the music video for Jackson’s 1993 single “That’s the Way Loves Goes,” but ultimately declined to go on tour with the artist because, according to Jackson, she “wanted to do her own thing.” Ultimately, they both ended up doing dance-heavy cameos on Will and Grace a few short years later, so all’s well that ends well?
2. Her iconic green Versace dress was a celebrity rewear.
We likely all remember the diaphanous green Versace dress that J.Lo wore to the 42nd Annual Grammy Awards in 2000, the one that quite literally gave birth to Google Image Search. But did you know that she wasn’t the first celebrity to wear it? Spice Girl Geri Halliwell wore it to the NRJ Music Awards in France a month earlier, but hey, as they say, it’s the woman that makes the dress, not the other way around.
3. She’s a triathlon queen.
In 2008, Lopez completed the Nautica Malibu Triathlon in two hours, 23 minutes, and 28 seconds, saying of the experience in her memoir, “On the morning of the race, as I was standing there surrounded by a thousand paparazzi, about to jump into the ocean, I realized that this probably wasn’t the best idea I ever had.”
4. She’s obsessed with reality TV.
In perhaps the most relatable J.Lo fact of all, the actress, dancer, and singer admitted in an interview with Vanity Fair that reality TV—and, in particular, the show Mob Wives—is her guilty pleasure. We’re literally the same, she and I!
5. She’s still the only woman to simultaneously have a number-one film and album in the US.
Anyone thinking about coming for Lopez’s crown should recall 2001, when her film The Wedding Planner and second album J.Lo both debuted at No. 1 in the same week. Icon behavior!
From Vogue US