Singer, philanthropist, yummy mummy, actor and madly-in-love super femme Jennifer Lopez is styled by Joanna Hillman in Cirque du Soleil Las Vegas-worthy confections from Carolina Herrera, Saint Laurent, Valentino, Oscar de la Renta and more. Lopez opens up about how she balances on the tightrope of life with A-Rod in J. Lo's Flying High, lensed by Mariano Vivanco for Harper's Bazaar US April 2018.
“I’m a workaholic,” Lopez says bluntly in her interview with Isabel González Whitaker . “My instinct is to fill every single minute of my life with work, so I’ve had to learn balance. When you take on too much, that can be the enemy of great.” On the last point, Rodriguez begs to differ: She may be a perfectionist, he says, but that quality is part of the magic that sets her apart from everyone else. “I watched her singing and dancing and practicing until one in the morning the other night,” he says, when called the day before her pre–Super Bowl concert. “She kept saying, ‘Let’s run through it again.’ I think I heard her say that 45 times. Her thirst for perfection is just awesome to watch.” So what drives all that fierce energy? “I’m not one of those media darlings,” Lopez says. “I didn’t get kissed into this business. I’m from the Bronx. I had to find my way, so I’ve always felt like I had to prove myself. Maybe that’s a good drive to have. I never settle for mediocre.”
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Rumors aside, it’s clear within five minutes of meeting Lopez that she is living her best life—albeit a busy one: Sure, she is in love—with A Rod and, of course, ten-year-old twins Max and Emme, but she is also a major entertainment powerhouse, making millions as a singer, actor and producer. Her last movie, 2015's Boy Next Door raked in $52 million (with a mere $4 million investment) while her three TV shows—The Fosters(on Freeform), NBC's Shades of Blue and World of Dance—are multi-season hits with World of Dance breaking records for viewership (the second season begins May 29). She has also just finished producing and starring in a comedy, Second Act (two more films, with women directors at the helm, are also in the works). And let’s not forget Vegas. This year, she will perform in 40 more shows as part of her three-year All I Have residency at Planet Hollywood (in August, she grossed an unprecedented $1 million for a single show). She doesn’t get enough credit for everything she does, especially the producing part, says Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas, her producing partner of 14 years. “I know there are lists we weren't on and we don't publicize [our successes]. But, she says, the time has come to “stand in truth the truth of what we are doing because it will empower all women, especially women of color.”