Jennifer Lopez, Cosmo for Latinas

Matthias Vriens-McGrath/Cosmopolitan for Latinas

Jennifer Lopez has one of the hottest bodies around, but back when her career was just beginning, not everyone was a fan of her killer curves.

But Jenny from the block knew better than to listen to those early naysayers! In a candid interview with Cosmo for Latinas' winter 2014 issue, the 44-year-old mom of two opens up about body confidence and having a good self-image.

"Early on, my family really made me love who I was and what I looked like. My body was nothing out of the ordinary in my neighborhood," she says. "When I first started on television [as a Fly Girl on In Living Color], people, and even my own manager at the time, would tell me I had to make all of these changes. But you have to stand up and say,  'There's nothing wrong with me or my shape or who I am, you're the one with the problem!'"

"And when you can really believe that," she says, "all of a sudden other people start believing too."

She also credits growing up in a wonderful Latin household for making her into the woman she is today. "I love the family that I grew up in," she says, "the strength and passion and the heart that we bring to things and then the way I was raised—the intense love we demonstrate."

For more of J.Lo's interview, check out Cosmo for Latinas' winter 2014 issue, on stands Oct. 29.

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