Jennifer Lopez channels Liz Taylor on the cover of W: does she pull it off?

Jennifer Lopez

Just the other day, Jennifer Lopez was telling the world that her style is a mixture of Jackie O, Ava Gardner, and Madonna. Now she covers the August issue of W magazine as photographed by Mario Sorrenti with a very obvious Elizabeth Taylor theme going on. It is obvious, right? I don’t know what she’s thinking while trying to channel such iconic women in such a half-hearted way. Again, it’s as if JLo believes a big wig (that can’t be her real hair — she’s been sporting too many highlights lately) will make us all believe that she is in fact the next coming of Liz. As if.

Jennifer’s dress is Gucci, and I will admit to being disappointed that she’s gone such a predictable route in trying to look like someone else. Jennifer has always succeeded through her own (admittedly tacky) style, but she completely owns it, and I’m sad to see her pretending otherwise. Maybe she’s looking at this magazine shoot as an acting gig. I don’t know. The interview is slightly more illuminating than this cover because JLo talks about her pre-JLo days when she was essentially homeless. Now she has enough money to fill several swimming pools, so it’s interesting to witness her reflecting upon the bad old days:

She visits the Bronx with the journo: “I was nervous coming here today. This is the house I grew up in. I would look out that window to see if my boyfriend was coming, and then I’d run out the door I’m the middle sister. All three of us girls shared a room. I was into sports and dancing. I ran track. I have a lot of stamina. I was built for the long run.”

She left home at 18: “My mom and I butted heads. I didn’t want to go to college–I wanted to try dance full-time. So she and I had a break. I started sleeping on the sofa in the dance studio. I was homeless, but I told her, ‘This is what I have to do.’ A few months later, I landed a job dancing in Europe. When I got back, I booked In Living Color. I became a Fly Girl and moved to L.A. It all happened in a year.”

She missed the Bronx: “I hated L.A. I was asking, ‘Where’s the store for milk? Don’t you guys walk on the street?’ Now I love Los Angeles, but it doesn’t give me strength the way the Bronx did. All the strength that I needed for life, I got from that neighborhood.”

Work ethic is important: “I think a lot about teaching my kids to work hard. I’ve learned something about kids–they don’t do what you say; they do what you do. I watched my parents. My dad worked nights, and I was aware of how much he was doing for us. My mom was a Tupperware lady and also worked at the school. I always felt that I couldn’t let them down. And I had a natural discipline from early on. I was always training for something.”

[From W magazine]

When Jennifer stated, “I have a lot of stamina. I was built for the long run,” she really hits home, doesn’t she? Even though she might do obnoxious things like perform for autocratic despots, and go through wedding rings like I go through boxed wine, Jenny from the Block possesses a lot more staying power than we ever suspected during the Bennifer days. There’s something to be said for succeeding even in the face of Gigli. She really showed all of us … but Liz Taylor, JLo is not.

Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez

Photos courtesy of Fame/Flynet and W magazine

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55 Responses to “Jennifer Lopez channels Liz Taylor on the cover of W: does she pull it off?”

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  1. Dawn says:

    No she does not pull of Liz. Not even a little.

  2. Eleonor says:

    She doesn’t pull la Liz, but I’ll rather take her, than dunno Salma Hayeck or Goop.

  3. anomie says:

    If it did not say Liz in the title, I would never guess

  4. Anna says:

    I’ve read an interview/profile that described her daily routine, starting with something like a 2-hr workout. However dubious her talents, JLo certainly has a worth ethic and discipline.

  5. lisa2 says:

    She seems very driven. She does have a strong work ethic.

    I get tired of these women trying to be someone else on the cover of magazines. It makes the true them less interesting.
    Not sure what she is promoting. Please bring back the days when people did a magazine cover once in while. Now they are on every cover all the time.

    they should have just put Kanye on the cover. I mean his blurb looks more interesting.

  6. marie says:

    well, she looks better as Liz than Lohan did, small victory right?

  7. allons-y alonso says:

    Oh. Dear. Lord. That dress in the last picture is a crime against humanity!

  8. mel2 says:

    Sorry JLo doesnt come close to pulling off Liz Taylor. I like JLo but Liz Taylor to me especially in her younger days was a stunning woman.

  9. lucy2 says:

    Not even close.
    JLo is a pretty woman on her own – if she’d just class up her own style and lose the tacky, glittery, ice skating stuff, she wouldn’t need to compare herself to anyone else. And certainly shouldn’t to legends like Liz.

  10. Vic says:

    Love what she says about working hard. It’s especially worth noting in this day and age with reality shows, famous for being famous and social media celebrities .. kids growing up think you can just become famous by being yourself or attention whoring..

    Even though J.Lo is far from the most talented person (I like her best as an actress) she has worked her ass off

  11. bowers says:

    Not Liz, not Jackie O., not anyone else. Why can’t some be satisfied with what they are–or what they are not?

    • Hakura says:

      I’m sure they all see themselves as ‘paying tribute to the iconic actresses/artists who came before them‘… In some cases, I’m sure they are. But in others, it comes across as just another way to jump up & down for attention.

  12. Nan says:

    Liz??? Nope. JLo looks good with lighter hair, it brings out the caramel tone in her skin. With dark hair, she just looks pale and hard. Liz had classic European features – JLo should stick with her own type of beauty which is just as stunning – why imitate when you already got it.

  13. e.non says:

    She looks like she’s channeling Joan Crawford

  14. DanaG says:

    Liz Taylor? Maybe the one down the street but not the famous one who really is an Icon. Jennifer doesn’t have the class or beauty to be compared to Liz Taylor or any of her talent. Although they both do like weddings maybe that is the part JLO thinks is like Liz?

  15. Diana says:


    And I am a JLo fan.

  16. Chinadoll13 says:

    She’s no Liz Taylor alright!!! So trashy no class ever!

  17. kim says:

    It was well said that jlo slept with ppl to get dance gigs before in living color, or dated them if u want to be nice about it. She pissed off many coworkers (her words in a interview years ago). Her ambition was whorish.

  18. Kiddo says:

    Her face looks pretty. The dead ostrich or peacock frock is bordering on Bjorkness without whimsy or maybe a colorful Depp dead Tonto headpiece. The ring might say Liz Taylor? That’s all I got.

  19. truthful says:

    she looks like JLo in a big black wig, I don’t get vintage anyone, LOL.


    hmm, she leaves out the part about sleeping with the older man that owned the studio…how appropriate.

  20. NeNe says:

    She looks like she has to poop in this picture. To me, she looks much older with the darker hair. Am I alone here?

  21. BooBooLaRue says:

    OMG JLo until the end? Don’t think I can take it.

  22. Faye says:

    I think she looks older with this dark, poufy hairstyle. It’s a shame, because she actually is a very pretty woman in her own right. This styling did nothing for her.

    I agree J. Lo has more staying power than we thought, but I can’t help rolling my eyes when she talks about her childhood in the Bronx as if it was some hardscrabble, character-building crucible. As I understand it, she came from a fairly normal middle-class family and background. Still, that’s just J.Lo being dramatic, I guess.

  23. Mar says:

    I just do not like her at all. She’s pretty but she is useless

    • Hakura says:

      I was never much of a fan, I could always ‘take it or leave it’ when it came to her…

      But she has completely destroyed my ability to look at her positively ever again, with that whole ‘whored-herself-out-for-1.4mil-for-an-awful,-repressive-dictator,-then-claimed-ignorance-&-kept-the-money-instead-of-showing-she-was-*truly*-sorry-by-donating-even-*some*-of-it’ thing.

      Some may disagree with me, but once you knowingly take (or find out immediately after & keep) blood money, you have blood on your hands. I just hope it was worth it.

  24. Dedrie says:

    And what does the think of her overprotected children, whom will certainly miss the times of free and exploratory times.. then learning and mastering adolescent.. onto normal mature challenges of the beloved and humble familiar neighborhood she once lived in..

  25. some bitch says:

    Sorry JLo, I prefer LiLo as Liz if only for the comedy.

  26. Nicolette says:

    No. Not Liz, not Jackie O, not Ava Gardner. Not any of them. Stop trying to make it happen JLo, it’s not going to. Just be content to be who you are, and stop comparing yourself to those you could never be.

  27. CeltLady says:

    Not a chance. No way. Liz was a delicate beauty with chiseled features and lilac eyes.

    JLo looks hard (and try-hard).

    The ‘homeless’ part of the story does not tug at my heart strings at all because she had a home and chose to leave it. A truly homeless person does not have a home…….period.

  28. RHONYC says:

    i honestly think the best is yet to come from Jen. i really do.

    she’s our generation Rita Moreno, who btw was lauded ‘The Latina Elizabeth Taylor’ back in her day.

    i think she has the acting chops which with continued training & the right direction will only improve.

    would’nt be surprised at all if she eventually earned the Holy ‘EGOT’. ;-)

  29. lisa says:

    she looks old on the cover

    fighting w your mom and choosing not to come home is not the same thing as homeless and insulting to people who actually are homeless

    she tries so hard to sound like she grew up as poor as possible

  30. Maggie says:

    I think she’s a beautiful woman. Just cant figure out what she’s doing with that chimp.

    • crtb says:

      I agree. Her hair and make-up always looks great. And she has a body to die for. I don’t care for her movies or her music. I think she has terrible taste in men. And her kids looks like their father. But when we are talking about her looks, She looks fabulous!

  31. Dommy Dearest says:

    Ugh. Is she going to pose as Marilyn Monroe next? Can’t she pose as Selina or something?

  32. Tahoe says:

    She didn’t say anything about Liz Taylor, that’s your opinion trying to get conversation started.

    For god sake, it’s called a photo shoot and she looks amazing for her age.

  33. Lia says:

    Liz Taylor had a delicate face. Lopez does not.

  34. Idreaminprincess says:

    I can’t stand this woman. I don’t think she sings well. I don’t think she acts well. She is over the top with her spending on campy and decadent cars and clothes. She marries instead of dating every single guy she meets. She is the mother of two children and in total, I have seen only about 4 pictures of her with them. She is a product that is overproduced and lacking any real substance. She is no Liz Taylor.

  35. Carole says:

    Hey Jlo, having a fight with mommy and spending a week on a dance studio couch doesn’t make you homeless. Thanks for showing us how totally unrelated to reality you are. What a total insult to the hundreds of thousands of truly homeless in this country and others.

  36. Maritza says:

    She should go back to her own dark brown hair, she looks much younger. Those highlights make her hair look dry and she just looks older