Photographic Proof That Jennifer Lopez Is The Ultimate Beauty Icon

Since she emerged onto the Hollywood scene in the 1990s, it’s been hard not to love everything about Jennifer Lopez. She’s given us a lifetime of bops, like “I’m Real” and “Love Don’t Cost a Thing.” She’s starred in some of our favorite movies, from Maid in Manhattan to Selena. And, most importantly, she’s become the ultimate beauty inspiration.

Lopez’s decades-long career has come with many memorable hair and makeup moments, but for the most part, she’s got a clear formula that she sticks to: Her coveted “J.Lo glow” is proof that no amount of bronzer and highlighter is too much. Her booty-grazing ponytails and extensions prove hair hath no limits, and her signature peach lipstick is one that should be sold en masse.

To celebrate her 51st birthday today, we’re taking a look back at some of her best beauty moments. Ahead, scroll through visible verification

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What It’s Like to Do Makeup for a Virtual Fashion Show During the Pandemic

Before heading backstage for Fashion Week shows, I must take a deep breath and emotionally, mentally, and spiritually prepare myself for being a sardine. Usually, the models are set up at hair and makeup stations basically shoulder to shoulder in a small, narrow space. I have to squeeze through tight rows to get a peek at them. Everyone inevitably gets in the way of each other. Before the pandemic, the cramped chaos thrilled me. Now, just thinking about it makes me cringe. 

Slowly but surely, fashion shows are happening again. The Dior Cruise 2021 show, for instance, took place today, July 22. An audience wasn’t physically in attendance, but people watched through their screens as 47 models walked a runway set up in the Piazza del Duomo in Lecce, Italy. 

And as the lead makeup artist for the show (and the creative and image director for Dior Makeup), Peter

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Unraveling Fashion, Beauty, and Trauma in I May Destroy You

Beautiful art can arise from the ugliest circumstances. No matter the medium, creators have channeled their trauma into healing through music, dance, poetry, painting, and, of course, film and television. Thundering into the collective consciousness of our current stay-at-home culture is the HBO series I May Destroy You, which multiple critics have described as a theoretical “traumedy,” a subgenre reflective of our time. 

Actor, writer, director, and now executive producer Michaela Coel created the BBC-produced series following her assault after her drink was spiked in a bar. Coel’s protagonist, Arabella, wrestles with the emotional trauma of processing sexual assault through the 12-episode series, which debuted early last month on HBO. Following the model set by recent prestige streaming series including Little Fires Everywhere and Normal People, episodes roll out one at a time. While binge-watching might be our new normal, trust me: You’re going to want to sit

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Florence Welch as a Chanel Mermaid

She rose like “The Birth of Venus” in the middle of an all-time great Chanel show.

Florence Welch performing at the Chanel Spring 2012 show.
Florence Welch performing at the Chanel Spring 2012 show.

There are perfectly good celebrity style moments, and then there are the looks that really stick with you, the ones you try desperately to recreate at home. In ‘Great Outfits in Fashion History,’ Fashionista editors are revisiting their all-time favorite lewks.

In my last entry for “Great Outfits,” I discussed the fact that every fashion fan has a collection they haven’t stopped thinking about since it hit the runway. But there are also the runways you can’t stop thinking about, the rare presentation that hits high marks from the moment the lights go up until the designer takes their bow. Oh, what’s that? You need an example? I gotchu: Chanel Spring 2012.

Not only is it one of my favorite Karl Lagerfeld-helmed

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