Jennifer Lopez hates her People cover, thinks it makes her look “old and haggard”

Jennifer Lopez is on the cover of People Magazine this week, in an issue that many people note is cleverly timed to pull focus from her longstanding rival, Mariah Carey, who is now taking her place on the American Idol judging panel. Lopez’s hair looks particularly shaggy and frizzy on the cover, but it’s not a Photoshop issue (for her hair at least, her face was obviously changed). People also posted a video clip of her interview, during which her hair looks just as fried on camera as it does in the photo. Well Ms. Lopez’s people are not happy about this photo, and allegedly think it makes her look “old and haggard.” It’s a bizarre photo for sure, but a lot of that is due to her hair and how she’s posed, doggy style, (credit: Kaiser) on the cover. I’ve never seen a cover photo of someone crouching down like that. To me, her makeup looks pretty and she doesn’t look “old” at all, she just looks in need of a deep conditioning treatment and a trim. Here’s more:

Jennifer Lopez isn’t too happy with her cover photo on this week’s issue of People magazine, sources tell us. The 43-year-old mother of two sits down for an interview with the weekly to discuss her life after splitting with Marc Anthony and finding her new love Beau “Casper” Smart. The story was perfectly timed to upstage Mariah Carey’s appearance on the “American Idol” judging panel. But we’re told that Lopez, who appears in a crouching pose with a wide smile and her hair styled straight with long bangs, feels the photo makes her look old. “Her camp feels she looks old and haggard,” a source tells us. Friends are also comparing the singer and former “American Idol” judge’s wide-eyed look and stick-straight hair to eccentric 70-year-old fashion designer Betsey Johnson. We’re told Lopez’s camp reached out to People to moan about the photograph. But her manager Benny Medina insists he was happy with the final result: “Look at the pictures and read the story! We worked closely with the editors of People and we are very pleased with cover photo and the results all around.” People told us it “continues to have a productive relationship with her and her team.”

[From The NY Post]

Of course Jennifer’s team isn’t going to publicly call out People, and I get the sense that Medina called up Page Six and gave them the details for this story and then added the official statement that they loved the photo and story. More press for them, pay attention to J.Lo!

I just wanted to add a photo of Betsy Johnson here, whom the article claims is a dead-ringer for J.Lo’s People cover look. That’s hilarious, J.Lo does look like Betsey Johnson! The thing is, it’s not her face at all, it’s that terrible hair. She needs to take responsibility for that hair. Unless People’s stylists forced her down and pushed a wig on her head without letting her look in the mirror, that’s on J.Lo. She needs a trim. I can’t figure out whether that’s a full wig or some cheap extensions mixed in with her own hair.

Update: LMAO at this new article advert, on E!, that claims that Jennifer Lopez credits her “drop dead gorgeous hair” to “Brazilian Blowout’s Acai Brazilian Dry Oil” as if anyone would take hair advice from this woman.

In related news, she’s adopted a new puppy with Casper Smart. At least they’re not having kids together – yet.

Lopez is shown out with Casper Smart on 1-16-13. Credit:

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  1. Monie says:

    Old and haggard? Check and check! That was a horrible cover, I agree.

  2. littlestar says:

    I don’t blame her. It doesn’t even look like her. It’s looks like she’s wearing a frizzy wig. And woud diva JLo EVER wear a hideous sweater like that? I think not.

  3. Az says:

    In all honesty, I saw that picture and thought she looked really pretty. To each his own, I guess.

  4. HadleyB says:

    I expect we will see Jlo with plumped up cheeks soon, and those smile lines filled in.

    She has been looking .. her age lately esp at the Golden Globes so with those pics and these I am sure will be doing some tweaking … but nothing wrong with looking like her but of course she wants to look 25 at 45!

  5. Starlight says:

    Someday she will appreciate that picture.

  6. Fiona says:

    I thought it was Jane Fonda at first. Then squinted a bit and thought it was Jane Seymour. Both beautiful, but no longer in the first flush of youth…..

    • MacScore says:

      Oh, you beat me to it! I was just thinking how much like Jane Seymour she looks…. (and neither of them look “old and haggard” IMO…).
      But why is she wearing that god-awful sweater, and posing like that? Doesn’t look like anything J-Lo would ever actually _wear_.

  7. marie says:

    her hair looks like it was pushed out of a Play-doh Fun Factory.

  8. Sophia says:

    That cover is horrible. I wouldn’t have even known that was her.

  9. kixendawn says:

    Why is caspers name like “casper” in the article? is that not his real name?

  10. MG says:

    Not only is her hair bad but seeing her in a “normal,” non-sexy, non-revealing outfit is really weird!

  11. Kelly says:

    How are they rivals ? Say what you want about mimi but at least she has the vocal chops, jlo is a mediocre talent at best

  12. Tessa says:

    The cover just makes her look crazy. Like WTF are you smiling at? Am I a toddler and you’re trying to make me walk? It’s such a bizarre pose and expression.

  13. Skins says:

    When I first saw the pic, I swear, I thought it was Nicole Richie

  14. A. says:

    Well Jenny, the truth is you’re not that young anymore but you’re still far from old. You’ve had better covers but you’re still one helluva beautiful woman.

  15. PHD gossip says:

    Obvious Bad Wig. Strange Pose, but I think she looks very pretty.

  16. Annie says:

    I doesn’t look bad it just looks nothing like her.

  17. Shelly says:

    This cover is tragic. Horrid. I’d hate it, too. WHY did they put bangs on her?! I don’t think I’ve ever even seen her with bangs, and especially not anytime recently.

  18. Reece says:

    I wonder what the other pics look like if that’s the cover.

  19. LadyMTL says:

    What I don’t understand is this: doesn’t JLo have a team who would vet / approve the picture? I can’t see someone like JLo blindly agreeing to whatever People mag wanted and on top of that not even asking to see the photo? Unlikely.

  20. DeltaJuliet says:


    *except for this cover shot*

  21. Kelly says:

    Not old and haggard. But it is not flattering for sure.

  22. megs283 says:

    That is totally Lea Michelle, not J-Lo.

  23. Amilu says:

    You need to edit the puppy link! Currently it points to — celebitchy dot com/275096/jennifer_lopez_hates_her_people_cover_thinks_it_makes_her_look_old_and_haggard/ instead of laineygossip dot com/Jennifer-Lopez-and-Slum-Bear-Casper-Smart-adopt-a-puppy/25731

    I don’t like JLo, but I LOVE boxers. So she might have earned a couple of points there. I would’ve figured her for the teacup type.

  24. Marigold says:

    Man-Marc Anthony, this Casper creature…girl knows how to date an unattractive man.

  25. sweetshell says:

    That photo really looks like he’s holding the hand of his mother. And, what’s he wearing? “Slacks” hee hee, and some kind of pullover?

  26. dorothy says:

    I like it, she’s not smeared with a ton of make-up and doesn’t have her son ( I mean boyfriend) by her side.

  27. BooBooLaRue says:

    If Fly Girl overreacts like this — at the prime of her life — she is going to be more INSUFFERABLE when she hits 50! What a freakn’ control freak!

  28. anne says:

    That fake straw hair – she had the same crappy hair in Monster-in-law – can’t believe stylists can’t do better for her. BUT she’s not doing herself any favors by hanging out with boys who could be her son.Casper is creepy

  29. Mara says:

    I am sure they didn’t put the picture on the cover if she didn’t like it ,but she looks great and so young.

  30. jessiesgirl says:

    To be honest, at first glance it does look like she belongs on the cover of More magazine than People (More mag is aimed at the 40+ demo).

  31. erika says:

    “here girl! here girl! come on, come here…come here….ahhhhhhh good girl (pats jlo’s head)”

    “can you sit? good bitch! good bitch!”

    “Go potty Jlo. go potty Jlo (she drops her poop and kicks her legs to the dirt to cover her scent). Good bitch! Here’s a treat (hand Jlo a diamond collar).”

    oh Jlo….it’s too bad i don’t have a naughty biscuit mind this morning or else i could have just rolled w/ so many, uhmmm, ‘doggy stule’ jokes….

    For one, narcissists LOVE that position. good girl.

  32. KellyinSeattle says:

    She looks like she’s in a sexual position on the cover

  33. Holden says:

    Yeah, not a good look, but then again neither is having a meathead boy toy with zero substance.

  34. whybenice says:

    I didn’t even recognize her! I thought it was Leah Michele!

  35. j.eyre says:

    I received this issue yesterday and although I found most of the poses silly and that “Oh! I’ve just been goosed!” smile a bit much, I will credit her with not having any photos of that “My Ambien is still in effect” open mouth expression everyone seems to be doing.

  36. Melanie says:

    Oh, whatever. No one forced her to put that hideous sweater on.

  37. Eileen says:

    Finally JLO and I agree on something

  38. lucy2 says:

    Well, she’s right, it’s a bad photo. Mostly due to the hair. But I have a hard time believing she or her team didn’t have final approval of it.

  39. lrm says:

    saw her on Ellen recently; and she’s beautiful and her hair looks great….not on this cover, but on Ellen.
    i know, it’s embarassing, but I like J Lo; i enjoy her rom coms, even! And, she comes off as down to earth and funny in interviews, not completely airheaded.
    I know she’s a total Diva and would not give me the time of day in person-but I cannot help enjoying her as an entertainer….she cannot sing, however. at all.

    I think this People cover looks like it was styled to pander to the mini van majority in the midwest or something like that [stereotypically speaking, demographic wise]….has that look about it.
    I doubt she did it herself.
    He hair looks fine on the Ellen appearance. She’s still hot and does not look 43, IMO.

  40. Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

    At least she’s not doing that hang-mouth smouldering pose for once. Now THAT looks stupid.

  41. Madriani's Girl says:

    Except for the hair, I think she looks great in that pic.

  42. skuddles says:

    Don’t worry JLO, nobody notices anything in that awful pic except for your fried, frizzy hair.

  43. Luxe says:

    lol, nothing about the picture looks JLo-ish, but somebody in her camp approved it, so…whatevs.

  44. Amilu says:

    Maybe I’m crazy, but I swear the cover I saw at the grocery store today wasn’t this shot. It was obviously from the same shoot, but she was smiling with her mouth closed. The wig was still a hot mess, but her face looked a little less crazed.

  45. Skeptical At Best says:

    One thing is for sure. That hair is fried, dyed, and laid to the side. I still see Hilary Swank in the face.

  46. V1157 says:

    She is getting middle-agedish. But at 40 that happens to everyone!!! Duh!!!

  47. Jayna says:

    I love the cover. At least it wasn’t the same old tranny look she gives for every pose: Heavy false eyelashes, squints her eyes, partially opened mouth or purses her lips trying to vamp it up. That look was so tiresome.

    She looks fresh and carefree in this cover.

  48. Sunny says:

    Well, she is old and haggard so it works!

  49. Adrien says:

    Maybe she’s fishing for compliments because she actually looks pretty and youngish in that cover. In fact, nobody noticed the frizzy hair until her team pointed that out.

  50. Ally8 says:

    I credit the cover for using a slightly different look/pose.

    But yes the hair & the pose are a disaster. Her hair is not frizzy, it’s fried. She probably had it lightened and straightened too close together, dry damage on top of dry damage.

    Also, what is with that sweater? That is the old, bobbled sweater you wear at home when you have the flu. There’s probably Kleenex stuffed in the sleeves.

  51. I got my issue in the mail today and I thought it was Hilary Duff at first.

  52. Jaxx says:

    If her name hadn’t been listed on the cover I wouldn’t have even known it was her. Doesn’t look like her at all. I’ve never seen her hair look this bad and that is NOT her face in the picture. Photoshop fail.

  53. CocoBelly says:

    I love me some Betsey Johnson jewelry, still can’t stand me some J-Low.

    I wonder if People Mag published this unflattering cover bc maybe she was an arrogant B at the photo shoot: perhaps refusing to look people in the eye or even speak to them,talking down to the photographer and the like…..just a thought.

  54. jilly says:

    It’s the HANDS ppl. Look at the HANDS! Totally geriatric.

  55. renee says:

    I liked her on AI..but i can’t with her bf..he seems so gay..with coming out of a seedy gay sex club or whatever..he has the gay face..i don’t understand her at all she looks like a fool..u know its bad when wendy williams calls u out

  56. Bobby the K says:

    So in other words, she has some regrets.

  57. koala says:

    I think she looks cute and young! Yes, her hair has
    looked better. But her expression is young and inviting.

  58. TW says:

    I think she looks around 18 here… Less posed and more natural.

  59. TW says:

    I think she looks around 18 here… Less posed and more natural.

  60. TW says:

    I think she looks around 18 here… Less posed and more natural.

  61. TW says:

    I think she looks around 18 here… Less posed and more natural.

  62. Jennifer12 says:

    It IS a terrible cover. Her hair looks awful and her face looks frozen.

  63. TOKEN says:

    Bitch! You ARE old!! Get used to it.

  64. Stuart Horseley says:

    I think she has an ego the size of Cincinnati, can’t stand her. And one day she WILL be old. How awful for her, lol.

  65. Jane says:

    I have the magazine in front of me and she doesn’t look old and haggard at all.

    She doesn’t look like the photos you usually see of her. She is unrecognizable, in my opinion, as JLo. I think that is because of the hair and the big, teeth showing smile. She usually is photographed looking more sultry (or trying to look sultry) or not smiling, or half smiling.

    Maybe she should smile like this more when being photographed and it wouldn’t look so odd.

  66. K-rock says:

    Totally disagree! So nice to see a refreshing smile rather than her constant sucked in cheeks look at me I’m a model face. Regardless of her bangs or whatever.

  67. Emma says:

    If you combine this cover with justin timberlake’s wedding cover (minus biel obviously), the result would be the most ecstatic portrait of leap frog ever.

  68. Mitch Buchanan Rocks! says:

    They look like they be doin the sniff sniffs together.

  69. lisa2 says:

    Her manager issued a statement calling the story not true.

    credit jj
    Jennifer‘s manager Benny Medina recently denied claims that Jennifer was unhappy with her latest cover for People.

    “Look at the pictures and read the story!” Benny said. “We worked closely with the editors of People and we are very pleased with the cover photo and the results all around.”

  70. Angie Ando says:

    Only because she IS OLD AND HAGGARD.

  71. ??? says:

    I credit JLo with having tremendous drive and business acumen. They are the only things, in my book, that make up in some small way for her complete lack of class (and near-total lack of talent — the only thing she’s good at is dancing).

    Plus, I have little tolerance for a bee-yotch who’ll unabashedly wear red fox fur false eyelashes just to indulge her limitless vanity.

  72. RdyfrmycloseupmrDvlle says:

    Cant stand “J-Lo” and this cover DELIGHTS me to the core. Shes not a beauty, never was and now I see why she never really smiles. her smile is not beautiful.
    The hair, wtf? The pose, r u high? The strained goof ball grin, um yea.
    Comparing her career and status to Mariah Carey, who i dont love either but got to give it to her she has great talent, ms. J-Lo needs to get a serious grip….no one is comparing you guys except you sweetie. You cant sing without auto tune holding up your ass so really, you NEED to get over yourself because everyone else has.

  73. Alana says:

    Conceded , Old, Insensitive fur wearing has been.

  74. Francesca says:

    that’s because it DOES!

  75. Chrissy says:

    That is a hideous picture. I’d be mad too. I thought it was Jane Fonda, who I think is about 70, so that’s not a compliment.