Jennifer Lopez is one of the most famous women on the planet. And this is largely due to the success that she has had in the world of music and on the big screen. Lopez has done all the little things right over the years, and her ability to land roles in hit projects and make songs that fit well on the radio boosted her appeal to the public and made her a household name. As if this wasn’t enough, she also happens to be one of the most beautiful women in the world, and she still looks incredible after all these years.
But what was life like for Jennifer Lopez before she was famous? One of the best ways to get an understanding of her life before fame is to look at it through photos, and today, we have 20 photos of Jennifer Lopez before she became a huge star!
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20 Getting Her Graduation On
Long before she became part of the rich famous, Jennifer Lopez was just another kid looking to make it through school. Of course, people these days know her as an actress and a singer, but we would be interested in knowing what people thought about her while she was a kid.
19 The Fly Girl Days
Many people that enjoyed sketch comedy back in the 90s remember when In Living Colour made its debut on television. It was the perfect alternative to Saturday Night Live, and it was the place where Jennifer Lopez first began making an impression on people. Of course, she was a dancer at the time and not an actress.
18 Just A Little One
Every person out there is guilty of having to take awkward family photos while growing up, and even the amazing Jennifer Lopez wasn’t immune tothis. We have to imagine that she just looks at pictures like this one and just laughs about how funny it is. Try and guess which one she is!
17 A Glamour Shot
Once Jennifer Lopez made the decision to make it in the business, she quickly got to work, and these early photos of her on her journey show exactly why people were interested in working with her. She has long been one of the most beautiful women in the world, and she had the talent to back it up.
16 That 90s Vibe
Certain photos can take people back in time in an instant, and this photo of Jennifer Lopez has 90s written all over it. Lopez has rocked a number of different styles over the years, and many of them have become iconic in their own way. This one, however, may not be as loved as the others.
15 Trying To Make It
Any casting director that was interested in casting a beautiful young actress in any project had to have been blown away by the photos of Jennifer Lopez that came across their desk. Beauty aside, she has that natural “it” factor that people have trouble describing, and it helped make her a star.
14 Just Before Her Big Break
Take a good look at this photo here, because it shows Jennifer Lopez right before things really took off for her. Her role in the film Selena helped make her a household name, and in this photo, she is posing with the actress that portrayed the younger version of the iconic singer.
13 Making It To The Top
The Fly Girl days were pretty kind to Jennifer Lopez, and she was able to make the most of her time on In Living Colour. This black and white photo of Lopez shows her with a fellow dancer, and the two are clearly wanting to work it for the camera.
12 Family Values
It has been clear over the years that Jennifer Lopez cares a lot about her family, and older photos like this one give us a glimpse into the past when they were all she had. Lopez may be one of the biggest stars of her era, but she will never be the person that forgets where she came from.
11 Oh, That Hair
Every now and again, stars can get caught up in the style of the times as opposed to the style that looks best, and this photo of Lopez shows exactly what we mean. Sure, she is always more gorgeous than most people in the world, but the look she has is better off in the past.
10 So Young
Still looking to make it big and set course for the stratosphere, this picture of a younger Lopez shows her with a short look that she was able to rock to the fullest. Before movies like Selena and Anaconda, Lopez was a dancer with big dreams, and her big break changed her life forever.
9 Back On The Block
Everyone has heard all about Jenny being from the block, but few people out there have actually gotten a chance to see a photo of a younger Lopez back in New York. This candid snap is of her on any given day in New York, and it is a photo of her that we loved.
8 Way Back In The Day
Some kids are far cuter than others, and Jennifer Lopez just happened to be a super cute kid back in the day. Some celebs wind up going through some growing pains, but it looks as though Lopez had very few hiccups on her way to being one of the most beautiful women around.
7 Uniform Days
Those out there that ever had to go to a school that required uniforms know just how unpleasant it was. Lopez was forced to rock a uniform for a period of her life, and we guarantee that she is happy to be able to wear anything that she wants these days.
6 Awkward School Photos
Even though she had very few growing pains while growing up, there were still times when Lopez was not quite the looker that she is now. Unfortunately for her, the hair in this picture is one that should be memed in an instant. Who would have thought that Lopez ever needed a glow up?
5 Fly Girl Audition
Even though In Living Colour was an unknown commodity with no guarantee to succeed, the casting of the series was still a meticulous process for everyone involved. Despite the talent that she had, Lopez still had to audition for her dancing role on the series, and this photo is from that very audition.
4 That Hair Has Seen Better Days
For the most part, Jennifer Lopez has been seen rocking longer hair, with the occasional shorter look, but this particular photo shows her with something that she has not used in some time. It was not the best look for her, and it’s probably why she has stayed away from it.
3 New York State Of Mind
Going home for the holidays can always be a ton of fun, especially when the old photo albums come out and the embarrassing pictures from our past come back to haunt us. Even though she is who she is now, we have to imagine that Lopez still gets a good laugh at pictures like this one.
2 The Blunder Years
This photo shows off Lopez during her youth, and it was before she had set out to make it big. Candid moments like thisalways make for great photos of stars, because it shows them as seemingly normal people that were just doing what the rest of us do each day.
1 In Living Colour
The women on In Living Colour had the chance to dance for the audience in attendance and at home, and it provided something that was a little bit different than what was going on across the way on Saturday Night Live. All the ladies here look happy to have made it onto television.