Updated: Aug 3, 2019
Jennifer Lopez is one of the biggest names in Hollywood, and with good reason. She’s a successful singer, dancer, actress, designer, and philanthropist. She’s also a daughter, sister, and mother. Today marks Jennifer Lopez’s 50th birthday, and it’s arguable that the triple threat is blessed to have her happiest year yet. She’s on tour, her movie Hustlers seems to be a hit, plus she’s planning a wedding. And yet birthdays seem like little more than an annual opportunity for the iconic pop star to celebrate her ageless spirit, style, and sculpted physique — one that seems virtually unchanged since she first burst onto the scene in the early 90s as a Fly Girl on the popular TV series, In Living Color and went on to dominate the decade's musical charts and its collective imagination.
5 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Jennifer Lopez
1. Did You Know J.Lo’s Green Jungle Print Grammy Dress Sparked The Creation Of Google Images?
In the time since that dress made history and according to Lopez, inspired Google to create the Google Images search bar — Lopez has gone on to wear Versace time and time again.
2. She founded a production company, Nuyorican Productions, with manager Benny Medina.
The company was formed in the early 2000s and has produced several movies and TV shows. This includes scripted and unscripted shows, from Freeform’s “The Fosters” to NBC’s “World of Dance.”
Nuyorican Productions will also oversee Lopez’s upcoming movie “Second Act” and the live-action production of “Bye Bye Birdie.”
3. She was a backup dancer for New Kids on the Block and Janet Jackson.
In her earliest days as a dancer, Lopez appeared on the show “In Living Color,” where Rosie Perez was the head choreographer.
She also had a stint as a backup dancer for the popular boy band New Kids on the Block, and performed with them at the 1991 American Music Awards.
Lopez went on to become a backup dancer for Janet Jackson and appeared in Jackson’s music video for “That’s the Way Love Goes.”
According to Jackson, Lopez was also supposed to go on tour with her, but Lopez “called and she said she wanted out, because she wanted to do her own thing.”
4. She has released more than 20 fragrances since 2002.
Paris Hilton and Mariah Carey aren’t the only stars who have released tons of fragrances – Lopez has done it, too.
As of 2018, she has released more than 20 (including one fragrance for men). Her most recent one, JLust, was released in 2016 and its featured notes include apple blossom, jasmine, and vanilla orchid.
5. The title of her first album, 'On the 6', was inspired by her New York City roots.
Lopez released her debut album in June 1999, and the title paid homage to her hometown. At the onset of her career as a singer, dancer, and actress, Lopez used New York City’s subway system to travel from place to place. Specifically, she used the 6 train to commute from the Bronx to Manhattan, hence the album title.
'If You Had My Love' and 'Waiting for Tonight' are two of the biggest tracks from the album.