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It's hard to imagine a time when Jennifer Lopez's famous curves were rejected by sizeist society. 

But JLo can vividly remember when her body felt far from the ideal. 

In a recent interview with InStyle, Lopez recalled the cruel, body-shaming "advice" she received early in her career from higher ups in the entertainment industry. 

"I got a lot of flak for [my body] from people in the industry," the 48-year-old mother of two recounted. "They’d say, ‘You should lose a few pounds,’ or ‘You should do this or do that.’"

But even though she was just starting out, Lopez wasn't afraid to give the perfect response to her body-shamers.

Lopez refused to change her body to fit a certain mold — and she made sure the entertainment industry knew it. 

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"I was like, ‘This is who I am. I’m shaped like this,’” Lopez insisted.

She wanted to celebrate her curves, not whittle them away.

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“Everybody I grew up with looked like that, and they were all beautiful to me," Lopez continued. "I didn’t see anything wrong with it. I still don’t!”

Lopez's mother and grandmother taught her to embrace the body type they were all born with.

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"My mom and my grandmother were the ones who drilled into me, ‘This is how we are, and this is what’s beautiful,'" Lopez added. "My dad loved my mom’s body — all the men in our family loved the women’s bodies. Being curvy or not being 6 feet tall was never a bad thing; it was actually something that was celebrated. And so, later on, when I brought that in front of the world, I wasn’t really trying to send a message. I was just being myself.”

Read Lopez's full interview with InStyle here

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