Now just one year shy of turning 50, Jennifer Lopez, worldwide pop sensation, box-office-hit actress, mother of twins, sell-out stadium performer, designer, fragrance mogul, author, TV star and activist is hands-down life goals. The star, who made her debut as an actress way back in 1997 has since successfully ticked off just about every dream career. It’s hard to believe she’s actually just one person.

Today (US time) is Jenny From The Block’s 49th birthday. That means she was born in 1969 when Nixon was president, Woodstock defined a generation and man landed on the moon. Yet she still looks like she would get ID’d at a bar.

Since her launch into the stardom stratosphere she has just casually slayed every forte she could fit on to her resume. And, like it was no big deal, has given us style that unleashed sexy, fun and fabulous back on to the red carpet.

From her days of daring Grammy’s gowns while dating Puff Daddy to poking fun at herself on numerous TV appearances here are the 15 reasons we love JLo. We remain forever fans and can’t wait to see what she does (and wears) for the next 49.

Firstly, because Jenny From The Block. The Number 1 single from 2002 that launched her pop revival, a million dance floors and cargo-pants-with-heels

That her love for Versace runs deep. Literally. Her 2000 Grammy’s appearance saw her nominated for ‘Waiting For Tonight’  but it was her cut-to-here down-to-there versace dress that became infamous. She has since worn the designer her entire career, including in her latest music video

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Lopez with Donatella Versace at the 2015 Met Gala in NYC. Getty Images

That she started out as a backup dancer for New Kids On The Block in 1991 and went on to become one of the highest selling female artists of all time and the most influential, barrier-breaking Hispanic performer in the US ever

That she was one half of the original ‘Bennifer’. Ben Affleck and Lopez starred in each other’s film and music projects. they were constant paparazzi darlings for being so fabulously extra and so incredibly unexpected

Because her signature killer Abs are often the single reason we get up and go to the gym. Nearing 50 and a mother of twins, they still look insane…this is stomach goals

On the set of Jimmy Kimmel Live in June. Getty Images

Because her 2018 performances have been Peak Jlo. And Because Her acclaimed Vegas residency ‘All I Have’ is now into its second year. Endless sell-out shows to thousands of fans three decades into a career? Inspirational

 

Because she is a rom-com master and Monster In Law (and Maid In Manhattan and The Wedding Planner) are our unashamed Netflix repeat-watches

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That she’s never afraid to make fun of herself. her appearances on Will & Grace in 2004 (as well as in the current season) and Jimmy Fallon in 2016 are both genuinely hilarious

 

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because Her style has been endlessly glamorous. Over her decades of red carpet appearances Lopez has proudly made curves sexy during eras of trendy waifish models. Her love of ‘naked’ dresses, body-con couture and hourglass silhouettes came long before the Kardashians’ version

Wearing Valentino at the 2017 NBC Universal Upfronts in NYC. Getty Images

Because when she spectacularly fails she also spectacularly rises. Her film Gigli in 2003 was coined as one of the worst films of all time. It became the butt of jokes and she was forced to endure years of ridicule. But like a true champion it made her stronger. And we all know it didn’t stop her…

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Case in point…this year she was listed in Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People…

Wearing Zuhair Murad to the TIME 100 Gala celebrating its annual list of the 100 Most Influential People In The World at Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 24, 2018 in New York City. Getty Images

Because her sexy, sassy, glamorous style has killed it for over three decades and she is most definitely ageing backwards. Here she is in 2018, 2008 and 1998…

That her success extends beyond the limelight and she has been an active supporter for movements and institutions such as #MeToo, Amnesty International and many many other humanitarian causes

Speaking at the 2008 Women’s Conference at the Long Beach Convention Centre in California. Getty Images

And finally, because her current “birthday situation” looks like this (and her last two looked like this and this). Cheers to you JLo, here’s to the next 49

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