Fresh off a tough year, Jennifer Lopez, star of WebMD the Magazine's March/April cover, takes a break to tell us about her new role as the first female spokesperson for the Boys & Girls Club in its 150-year history. "Jenny from the Block," as she once dubbed herself in song, got the early boost she needed from a local club in New York City's South Bronx, and now she's giving back.
"This was the first time in my life I realized anything was possible," says Lopez, who has a starring role in the dramedy What to Expect When You're Expecting, opening in May. "It empowered me, and that's a gift I would like to continue giving," Lopez says. "If I encourage one boy or girl to believe, then I have succeeded."
By Sarah Mahoney
How to quit nitpicking
It's not even noon on a Sunday, and I've been biting my tongue all morning.
When my husband sat down to Web surf two hours ago, I resisted the urge to
remind him that he had promised to clean the basement. I held my tongue again
when our 13-year-old trashed the kitchen while creating his "it's due
tomorrow!" science project. And I even managed to stifle myself when my
teenage daughter left a plate in the sink instead of reaching 18 inches...
In addition to her movies, music, fashion, and charitable work, Lopez is also devoted to inspiring a new generation of musical talent, as the newest judge on the hit series American Idol. And most important of all, Lopez is quick to add, is being there for her children, 4-year-old twins Max and Emme.
How does she do it all, looking beautiful and rested every step of the way? We asked Lopez about her proven tips and secrets for feeling -- and looking -- radiant, plus the one thing she swears you need to do, without fail, for yourself every day.
Jennifer Lopez's Beauty Dos
The singer is famous for her glow, but it's not all about access to the best makeup artists. "Beauty comes from inside," says Lopez. "It's been said many times, but I believe it's the truth." She offers tips for being your own radiant best:
Take time for yourself. When you look good, you feel good. When you feel good, you are a better person and parent." That doesn't require a week at a spa: When Lopez has a moment, "I just breathe and clear my mind. Sometimes we just have to do nothing, just breathe."
Let whimsy be your stylist. "In terms of style, I encourage other women to first be comfortable but have fun. Life is meant to be fun!"