Jennifer Lopez covers the February 2021 issue of ELLE and opens up about her first-ever beauty line, JLo Beauty, her wedding plans with fiancé, Alex Rodriguez and the importance of celebrating her Latin heritage at last year’s Super Bowl performance.
On the launch of her long-awaited beauty line, aptly titled JLo Beauty, a tightly curated collection of eight products: “Wherever I go, the number one question people ask is, ‘What do you do for your skin?’ ” Lopez tells me. At the launch event for her line, Lopez reiterated this sentiment to a group of beauty editors. “Even my closest friends are like, ‘Come on, b***h, what are you doing with your skin?’ ”
Even her fiancé, Alex Rodriguez, whom she’s been dating since 2017 is a fan of JLo Beauty: “[Alex] tries everything. We did the mask together on the first night, and I filmed myself and it was just life-changing. I was like, My God, I feel like I have a baby face!” she remembers, laughing. “He loves it, and now we’re always fighting for the mask since they’re not in full production. [These products] are for anybody who has skin, which is everyone.”
The two were supposed to get married last year in Italy, plans that were put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “We postponed the wedding twice. We had planned what we really, really wanted to do, [but] I don’t know if we’ll be able to re-create that. We canceled it, and since then we haven’t really talked about it. There’s no rush. We want to do it right when we can do it. We just have to wait to see where the world lands.”
When Lopez emerged onto the stage wearing a feathered cape adorned with the American flag, opening it to reveal a Puerto Rican flag underneath, as Emme sang “Born in the U.S.A.” It was a singular, unforgettable statement. Turns out the reveal was almost a complete surprise. “I never showed some of the things that we were going to do until the last minute, because [I] didn’t want anybody to tell me that I couldn’t do it. Everybody in the show knew it, but when I opened it up, I was just literally opening it up to the world.” She adds, “I [told] Donatella Versace, ‘I want to be an American flag because I’m going to be singing “Born in the U.S.A.” with my daughter, but when I open it up, I want them to know that my heart and soul is Puerto Rican.’ ”
Cover 1: Knit Top by Prada | Leggings by Wolford
Cover 2: Bodysuit and Gloves by Fendi | Sandals by Yeezy
Image: Shirt, Shorts and Pumps by Dolce & Gabbana | Earrings by Tiffany & Co.
Styled by Alex White
Hair by Chris Appleton
Makeup by Scott Barnes
Nails by Tom Bachik
[Photo Credit: Micaiah Carter for ELLE Magazine]