Jennifer Lopez covers Vogue: “Of course I have good self-esteem”

As I previously mentioned, Jennifer Lopez is the April cover girl for Vogue Magazine. These are some of the selected shots from Mert & Marcus’s photo shoot… while I like J.Lo in red, it becomes overkill. We get it, she’s fiery. Enough. Try another color. You can read Jennifer’s full Vogue interview here. Since I’m writing this very early in the morning, I can only admit to skimming the piece for highlights. Marc Anthony makes an appearance at the beginning of the interview, with the writer noting, “Lest you think it’s all smiles for the cameras but war behind the scenes, the two spend the next hour huddled in her dressing room, still friends after all these months.” Meaning that Jennifer kept the Vogue interviewer waiting for an hour while she flirted with her ex-husband. That’s all you need to know, baby.

How J.Lo lives: The house, a classic white brick manse, is huge—nine bedrooms—and sprawls out from the center hall with two giant wings. The interior is echt J.Lo: luxe, modern, and sexy—dark floors, gray curtains and walls, pastel-colored furniture. Her assistant, Gilly, deposits me in Lopez’s office and says, “Jennifer will be down shortly.” I hear kids shrieking somewhere upstairs. Like Lopez herself, the office is both masculine and feminine. There are wood-paneled walls and wingback chairs, a killer sound system, and a fur throw draped over a sofa. There’s a huge plaque (30 MILLION ALBUMS SOLD WORLD-WIDE); a ledge full of various film- and music-industry awards; and on her desk, nude shots of J.Lo for the advertising campaign for her forthcoming perfume, Glowing (the sample fragrance bottle actually lights up). A quick glance at the shelves reveals a taste for the classics (The Grapes of Wrath, Shakespeare); memoir (Arthur Miller’s Timebends); and self-help (Lies at the Altar: The Truth About Great Marriages). On the glass coffee table there is a big, lush book on Pucci, which somehow seems perfect.

How she is with Casper: Despite the scary tattoos and shaved head, Smart was polite and very friendly. They are clearly besotted. Indeed, they cannot keep their hands off each other, and it is impossible not to notice just how happy Lopez is around him.

Benny Medina is the love of her life: “Puffy was like, ‘You need Benny Medina!’ ” says Lopez. “So I brought him up to my hotel room and played him the first song I ever wrote, and he was like, ‘OK, I’ll manage you.’ ” Other than a two-year-long “estrangement” (her word) that ended when Lopez was seven months pregnant, the two have been thick as thieves ever since. Medina, who is gay, knows Lopez as well as anyone. When I ask Lopez if she thinks of him as her “gay husband,” she laughs and says, “Yeah! I kinda do!” But then she gets more serious. “I just think of him as a real, creative soul mate. He’s been the most consistent man in my life besides my dad. We love each other. People always ask about all the men I dated, and I am like, ‘You know the Benny and Jennifer story? That’s the real story here.’ ”

Her diva reputation, and where she was in 2005: “I had such a reputation,” she says of that time. “And it was sad because I felt like it so didn’t represent who I really was.” But as she herself will attest, in some ways the negativity came from within. “I think of myself on that day at the studio on Long Island and how insecure I was about my own talent. I just never really gave myself any credit. And because of that, nobody else did either. You mirror what the world mirrors to you.” She thanks Anthony for helping her believe in herself. “He always told me what a beautiful voice I have. He was like, ‘It’s in there; you just gotta let it out. It’s a confidence thing with you.’ Then all of a sudden one day I was like, I’m good at this!” Here she gets as worked up as I have ever seen her. “Oh, man! People are not giving me jobs because they feel sorry for me! I am an actress. I am a singer. I am a performer. That’s what I do! Once I started giving myself a little credit, the whole world opened up.”

J.Lo on tough love: “By nature I am not tough, believe it or not.” Really? “No. I am a lover. And with my kids I am even softer. I realize with my son, I have to sometimes be tough, especially now when he’s pushing boundaries. With my daughter, I can get a little stern with her and she pretty much will listen. But my son will just scream and yell and run. I’m like, Aaaaah, what do I do with this?!”

On Casper: She describes herself as a “mushy romantic.” When I ask her what she can tell me about her boyfriend, she says, “Not much,” and giggles. “He’s adorable. But you already see that.” He seems very loving and sweet, I say. “He is. He really is. He’s a good egg. I don’t want to talk about it too much. It’s my private thing.”

On Marc Anthony: “The men kind of drink beer and smoke cigarettes, and women kind of like . . . don’t. But those things were not the issue so much. It became about something else. Without going into detail . . . it’s just really, really sad. And look, we are still going through it, and it’s emotional sometimes and difficult. We’re still friends—and we’re parents. But it’s going to take time.” She pauses. “It’s tough. But for the most part, I feel very proud of the way we’re handling it. I really do. We are doing the best we can for the kids. What you saw today, on Ellen, it’s very dignified and trying to be above all the emotions and pain that come along with a divorce and a family breaking apart. This is grown-up stuff. It’s real, serious, grown-up stuff.”

Loving herself: Lopez leans forward and shows me a ring she has on her finger. Someone gave it to her right after her divorce as a reminder to “love myself first,” she says. Indeed, it is a diamond band that spells out: I LOVE ME. “That may sound conceited, but it’s not. If you don’t love yourself, you can’t love anybody else. And I think as women we really forget that. All we want is to be happy, to feel secure, to feel understood. But you can’t look for somebody else to do that for you. You think about it. . . . Oh, yeah, of course I care about myself. Of course I have good self-esteem. But when you really take a good look, you are not treating yourself like someone who does. And when you let people treat you in a way that you don’t want to be treated, it’s not their fault. It’s yours.”

[Via Jonathan Van Meter/VOGUE]

Of course, I left out some choice comments by Benny Medina, many of which we already covered yesterday. I also left out a gem from Van Meter, who described his first impression of Marc Anthony, back in 2005. Apparently, Anthony was just standing around Jennifer’s photo shoot, “drinking cans of beer and chain-smoking Newports.” OMG. This explains so much! As for the interview… it was fine. Jennifer is getting better at self-editing, which helps when she’s putting herself out there as a lovable nice-girl. I’m not a J.Lo hater, so I’m buying it.

Photos courtesy of Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott/VOGUE, slideshow here.

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  1. Cherry says:

    Damn. Enough with the photoshop already! She’s gorgeous and her body is amazing. But did they have to shave off every line in her face (top pic)? Or make her waist look smaller than her head (bottom pic)?

    By the way, I don’t really get this quote: ‘The men kind of drink beer and smoke cigarettes, and women kind of like . . . don’t.’ What the hell does that mean? First of all, lots of women drink beer and smoke cigarettes, and secondly, why would that be an issue? Or does she mean that SHE doesn’t drink/smoke and her ex did, and that that became an issue?

  2. Rux says:

    From her past interviews, I was rather meh and kstew rolled my eyes at some of the things she said but this one is definitely coming from a better place.

    I think she is a real girlie girl Princess wants the fairy tale happy ending. Maybe one day it will happen but I think she is just wired to love openly without boundaries. Perhaps this may be her biggest downfall because as women, we tend to make excuses to justify a man’s bad behavior and overlook it because if you love them, you love everything about them which should not be the case. There has to be boundaries and you have to put your foot down just like you have to with children.

  3. brin says:

    “Of course I have good self-esteem”…
    “Eh…where’s my little man at? Has anyone seen Casper? Look under the table and lock the doors!”

  4. Jessica says:

    I hate the fish face look in the header pic.. TROUT anyone??

  5. anya says:

    Why do so many celebs sounds like they’ve swallowed a self-help book? I guess the scrutiny is so relentless that you have to insulate your ego with layers of positive thinking clichés. The need to promote an image of being ‘really happy’ and ‘in a really good place’ at all times is a bit nauseating though.

    • KLO says:

      With being a celebrity there also come these thousands of people who always want to say something mean. You have to keep yourself strong to not be hurt by it and keep going.
      Positive thinking is a good way to do it, definitely better than numbing yourself with drugs or alcohol.

    • Tapioca says:

      …which is probably why they photoshopped her face onto someone else’s body in the header pic. For shizz, her shoulders are far broader and her boobs are way smaller than that!

      • Cherry says:

        To be fair, she is holding her arms back to make her shoulders look less broad and her boobs look squeezed up in that push-uptop-thingie. She’s also photoshopped within an inch of her life. But you may be right. That COULD totally be her (massively PS-altered) head on someone else’s body. Good thing she loves herself, and has really good self-esteem, right??

    • MST says:

      I love the rose detail on that red dress. It looks like its made of four ply silk crepe, which is beautiful but tends to snag and is hard to work with. I am getting a crash course in luxury fabrics because I am making my daughter’s wedding gown (she has champagne taste and a beer budget)!

      Just wondering — do the celebrities in Vogue and other mags get to keep the designs they model (as if they really need more clothing)!

  6. KLO says:

    I think the pictures are lovely and the interview too. It’s the best she’s done in a while.

  7. T.C. says:

    She sounds so into herself. Me me me me. I just can’t deal.

    • Granger says:

      Agreed. Nothing’s changed. She’s as self-absorbed as ever. And all the bulls*** about loving yourself before you can expect anyone else to love you… yet jumping right into a relationship after her marriage fell apart. She sucks at taking her own advice!

  8. Maria says:

    not to be bitchy, but we’ll see how good her self esteem is when she hits the mid 40s, and her perimenopausal body and face will start to betray her. It’s easy to be self satisifed when you are still beautiful….all the money in the world can’t fix what happens as we age…eventually, it’s a losing battle. Let’s hope she will age gracefully. I am NOT looking forward to the next 2 or 3 marriages we’ll most likely witness over the next decade.

  9. TheOriginalVictoria says:

    I really try to be supportive of all my Latino chicos y chicas. Por la raza and all that…but this chick had me going WTF when she actually had a nerve to put the words beautiful and voice together about her vocal capabilities and from the talented MA, no less (and I don’t like him but HE is talented) I died. She says this in every interview. As a matter of fact when she did Vogue the last time she said this.

    i don’t think you should lie to people like that.

    • Asiyah says:

      LOL @ TheOriginalVictoria. me too! I just shook my head at this entire interview. Give me a break. Marc most def. has a beautiful voice…and is obviously a better actor if he actually made her think he was serious when he said she has a beautiful voice LOOOL

  10. Roma says:

    Does she call him a good egg because she’s still waiting for him to hatch?

  11. Gene Parmesan says:

    Vogue sucks anyways. the last time i bought vogue was last year and then they had that profile of Syria’s first lady that turned me completely off and pissed me off. I gave them a pass and bought Adele’s issue cos duh we all love her but i swear out of maybe 500 pgs were 450 pgs of ads (im exxagerating of cos) but i got tired of constantly flipping through. Plus Ms Anna Wintour put Blake Lively on the cover TWICE before Meryl Streep i guess its a fashion thing..but naa ill stick to Glamour or something :)

    • littlestar says:

      Are you freakin’ serious? Vogue actually profiled Syria’s first lady? Sick! Anna Wintour cannot tell me that even a year ago she had no idea how sadistic the first family of Syria is. I don’t care if she’s fashionable or not, that is AWFUL that she would have ever been profiled in Vogue. I’m with you, I haven’t bought Vogue in a very long time, and I used to be an avid reader of it. I can’t stand Anna Wintour and Vogue is going down the crapper becaue of her. Case in point – look at how Wintour dresses herself. No style whatsoever, and she’s going to tell US how to dress? Ugh.

      • Faye says:

        Not only did they do a profile of her — a gushing, butt-kissing one — they had the nerve to exalt her husband, as well. It came out later that the Assads had hired a PR firm to burnish their image, and the PR firm had basically bought them to gush-fest in Vogue. The writer freely admitted to being a feted guest of the Assads on an all-expenses-paid vacation while she did her profile – how can you maintain that you have even a modicum of journalistic integrity when you do that?

        And Vogue never even apologized. Just took the magazine article off their site when Assad’s murderous regime started ramping things up.

      • Gene Parmesan says:

        Oh yes they never even apologized i was soo upset bout the article!! i even emailed Ironically it was the March 2011 issue when the protests had started in earnest. if they even cared they would have made a note at the end of the “vogue does not support the killing of thousands who only request democracy or something..’ but noo to them fashion is all mighty. You probably cant find it online cos they did all they could to wipe it off and pretend it never existed but i still have the issue. The writer described power in Syria as ‘hereditary’ failing to note that the murderous first family has killed more than 20,000 people they even had pics of their family in it. The writer ass kissed the lady talking bout her fondness for louboitoins n saying how chic she was! i was dissapointed in Vogue.

  12. Smh at this girl says:

    Why does she always have a man in her life, can this girl go 24hrs of just being single?

  13. cara says:

    look at old shots of her when she was a newly minted “fly girl” for in living color. COMPLETELY DIFFERENT FACE. she’s thinned her lips, shaved off her jaw, lifted her eyes and widened them, got a nose job, reshaped her body. I mean, talk about an extreme makeover.

    • TG says:

      I know everytime I think JHO is beautiful I am reminded of how she looked in the beginning and realize damn with enough money I could look that good too. She is very self-centered but then so is nearly everyone else in Hollywood. That Casper Smart guy is so gross to look at. His head is so small. She is trash but can’t she find attractive trash to date?

    • deehunny says:

      I actually never realized how much work she had done in the eye lift area and the lips/nose… def had her lips thinned. Thanks for pointing it out!

  14. paola says:

    i don’t know where those boobies on picture 1 come from. she is noooooway near that!! anyway JLo of course you have self esteem, of course you do, that’s why you’ll be married 30 times by the age of 60.

  15. heyhey says:

    she is in her 40s , she is old enough to do what she wants as done has she aint harming anyone.

    the dude is also of age, so whats the harm????

    if this is the person that treats her right, gives her love and she loves right back… then good for them

    and if she decideds to marry him with no pernup , then she has no one but herself to blame

    she looks good, very beautiful woman

  16. cupidityrox says:

    What’s her deal with fur…com seriously!????!!!
    & that has to be the most pretentious list of books ever.. As if she reads…. Hiss…

    • enoughalready says:

      I agree with cupidity…enough already! She’s well aware that cats and dogs are skinned alive for fur (how many times do activists have to tell her?), and yet she still wears/decorates with it? If you had self-esteem, you wouldn’t need to compensate with furs. Who are you trying to impress? Heartless and just sad.

  17. Franny says:

    I liked that interview – I love getting little tidbits of celebrities real lives, like what their house looks like, or how they interact around their children. I love twitter pics of them in their bathroom or something, just because it really normalizes them.

  18. dorothy says:

    Has she EVER been without a man? Sorry, that alone just reeks of low self esteem.

    • Rux says:

      In her hoopla days, she kind of reminded me of being Goopy. Telling us what to wear, act, be etc. I am glad for the most part that time is over.

      Who here still thinks she was best off with P. Diddy? They really seem to fit. However, he allegedly cheated on her.

  19. Bad Gal Addiction says:

    Something is really wrong with the legs/feet in the last picture…

  20. lisa says:

    Why does Vogue put so many women in Red dresses.

  21. Holden says:

    Go away, please. Just go away.

  22. MST says:

    I’ve never been a fan of this woman, but I have to admit she looks great and it’s nice that Vogue is showing some diversity in terms of “ethnic” models and body size.

  23. MC says:

    Roma says:
    March 16, 2012 at 9:17 am

    Does she call him a good egg because she’s still waiting for him to hatch
    I thought you were going to say because his head looks like an egg ..LOL.
    A good egg and adorable? in other words=dumb and ugly but good enough for a lay and travel with.

  24. Happy21 says:

    I’ve asked it before and I’ll ask it again:

    Exactly why are we STILL paying attention to Jennifer Lopez? She cannot carry a tune in a bucket and she cannot act. Yes she is beautiful and yes she has great taste in clothing but why or why is she all that and a bag of chips?

    I’m so over her.

  25. lucy2 says:

    Er…was her self esteem ever in question? She’s always seemed to have a very high opinion of herself, and her “talent”. I think she’s very pretty, but super talented she is not. Her acting is one note, and her music is manufactured.

    She’s proud of how they’re handling their divorce? They both ran out and started dating teenagers.

  26. Asiyah says:

    I laughed at “the first song I ever wrote” bwahahahahahahahahaha diache Jennifer que jabladora LOL

  27. Lisa says:

    Is there a legit reason she keeps getting press? I know she’s involved in American Idol, but she seems like such a 90′s celebrity. I don’t understand why people keep interviewing her.

  28. Cheryl says:

    Should be choked on the dead carcass she parades around in. The world thinks you are a diva because you arrogant enough to insist on wearing fur, even though you know millions of cats and dogs die every year in China for their fur. You perpetuate the slaughtering of animals in your clothing line to make money, as if you don’t already have enough. You are a nasty, nasty woman.

  29. cprincess says:

    Despite being physically beautiful ,theres something about her that makes her ugly coming from inside….
    Added to which her ego is the size of North America.
    Get over yourself dear -your a dancer -thats it.

  30. SmartGirlsAlwaysWinInTheEnd says:

    Her self-esteem is SO GOOD, that she disrespects the good singers who dub her records…(do your own research b****es,”CDAN”)

    as well as airline attendants (called one woman a b- and knocked her shoes for being “cheap”)

    Her self-esteem is SO GOOD: that she had to get plastic surgery

    and has been known to hate on actresses more talented than her:

    Jennifer Lopez vs Claire Danes (J doesn’t think C is much of an actress)

    Jennifer Lopez vs Cameron Diaz (J doesn’t think CD is much of an actress)

    Jennifer Lopez vs Selma Hayek (J accused S of being a liar)

    Jennifer Lopez vs Madonna (J doesn’t think M is much of an actress)

    Jennifer Lopez vs Gwyneth Paltrow (J doesn’t think G is much of an actress)

    Jennifer Lopez vs Winona Ryder (J doesn’t think W is much of an actress)

    *severe side-eye

  31. Meanchick says:

    I hate the photoshopping. Too much. I also hate the open mouth pooch lip pose in the top photo. She does the open mouth thing a lot. Teehee.

  32. lileneboheme says:

    That cover and the photospread are absolutely beautiful!

  33. patent says:

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