By Leah Ornstein – Radar Style & Beauty Editor
Jennifer Lopez has come a long way since her days as a Fly Girl on the television show In Living Color. The smoking hot American Idol judge, Grammy Award winning singer and outstanding actress turns 42 on Sunday. It’s hard to believe, considering she looks better than ever!
In honor of her special day, RadarOnline.com is bringing you photos of the newly single star, from the beginning of her life to the present day.
Jennifer established herself as an actress on the rise, when she scored the lead in the biopic Selena. Her portrayal as the murdered Latina pop star won over the critics, and she immediately became a household name. As her movie roles got bigger and bigger, so did Jennifer’s aspirations. In 1999, she released her debut album, On the 6, and thanks to such hits as If You Had My Love and Love Don’t Cost a Thing, she became a pop sensation overnight, and J. Lo was born.
J.Lo, who had found love with hip-hop mogul Sean Combs in the late 1990s, after splitting with hubby Ojani Noa (a marriage, which would haunt her for years to come) flaunted her famous curves in sexy and revealing getup. Her most famous look to date? The dramatically low-cut, green Versace gown, which she wore to the 1999 Grammy Awards. The dress spawned a media sensation, and still hasn’t been forgotten over a decade later.
After splitting with Combs, and another failed marriage to backup dancer Cris Judd, J. Lo turned into Jenny From The Block, falling in love with Hollywood heartthrob Ben Affleck. The two became Hollywood’s golden couple, and Jen transformed into a glam goddess on the red carpet, wearing elaborate gowns and fur, while showing off her enormous $1.2 million dollar pink diamond engagement ring from Ben.
PHOTOS: Jennifer’s Bikini Body
After ending the engagement, Jennifer ended up back in the arms of her former flame, Marc Anthony, marrying him in 2004. The couple welcomed twins Max and Emme in 2008.
Since her last birthday, Jen’s life has changed dramatically. After landing herself a spot on the judges panel of American Idol, the luscious Latina shocked the world when she and Marc announced their marriage was over.
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