Like many other people out there, J Lo had plans on what to do for the week— she was meant to be in her hometown of New York City, launching her very own and super awesome new footwear collection with DSW. But unfortunately, like many other people, she is now on working and running all her affairs and businesses from home as she has placed herself on a self-isolation.
With her interview going on with a correspondent of Elle on the other side of the line, J Lo was getting herself busy and very much out of breath with her workout session in her house in LA. While going conversing during her workout session she speaks well of her sneakers’ incentive, a part of the line of footwear she’s having with DSW as she says: “My [DSW] sneakers have quite a lift in them, actually. You know the sneakers with the really sick bottoms, like Balenciaga? That’s the kind I like. I mean, I’ll always take an extra half an inch if I can get it. Absolutely.”
With her constant stiletto usage and appearances which range invariably from her bedazzled platforms in Hustlers, the nude pumps in The Wedding Planner, the 5-inch sandals she throws into the ocean while singing, “Love Don’t Cost a Thing” one would think of JLo as a stiletto ambassador of sorts, but she blandly says she is more of a sneakers person as she says: “I was a tomboy growing up. And even when I was a dancer in my late teens and early 20s, it was all about Doc Martens, Timberlands, and combat boots. And I’m from the Bronx, so I’m kind of a born sneakerhead—where I come from, your sneakers say a lot about you. It’s a big deal, what kind you’re wearing, how you style them. So sneakers are a big part of the new line. Believe it or not, I do wear them a lot.”
She goes on to throw in her first stiletto usage which she says was when she was probably 16-years-old, at her junior prom. She added: “And back then, you dyed your heels to match your dress. You got these satiny shoes and you sent them out to get dyed so they’d be the same color as your gown, and that was so grown up. That was the way to do it when you were from the Bronx and going to prom back then, and I was like, ‘I am not taking these off, they’re amazing.’ So I made it through the whole dance with my heels on, but in the limo afterwards, I think I took them off. You’re with your girls, and you make your date hold them.”
She tells the experience of her first professional dance gigs and describes it as “being thrown to the sharks and learning how to swim” due to the heels involved. But she got over the tough phase with a whole lot of practice as she said: “But the more practice you put in, the better you get, which is true for everything—if you want to do something, you’ve got to practice. And this is the time to do it. You have time, go practice what’s important to you, or something you’ve been meaning to learn. Even if it’s walking better in your heels!”
Even while stuck at home in her self-isolation she speaks about her love for shoes, work and the excess time she has at hand, definitely, just like everyone else. The imposed quarantine is definitely not the best situation to find yourself in according to her but people have to make the best of it as she says: “We’re all stuck at home right now, I am! Everybody’s quarantined and the world is upside-down and crazy. So we’ve gotta make lemonade out of lemons right now, don’t we? We have to find ways to focus and work from home, but also finding things to keep our spirits high. I don’t know anything that makes me happier than shopping for a pair of shoes. To be honest with you? I think there’s a lot of online shopping going on right now. And that’s not to make light of this very serious situation, and the people working very hard to stop it. But we have to stay human and we have to keep our sense of humor in hard times, as well.”
Her work from home might sound like the same as everyone but when asked what hers actually involves as a mother and a globally recognized superstar and icon, she says: “There’s so much to do, right?” “This situation, if we’re lucky enough to be healthy—and if you are, be grateful—but if you’re healthy and home, it’s a real reset button for so many of us. To be honest, for me, working from home is reading scripts, developing new projects, even working out and learning new dance routines. Because now, you can use the time to prepare. At some point, hopefully soon, we’re going to bounce back. We always bounce back. And so we need to use this time to get ready to come back even better… Nobody wanted this to happen, but if it has to be this way, you can take advantage of the time and work to get better. But do that work from home.” She also added, “This is such a difficult time for everybody. There are so many people who are sick. We just want to contain it and work from home. Even my kids are working from home and they’re 12! They’ve got virtual school now, and we’re all home together, which I’m really happy about. To me, there’s no greater luxury than getting to spend real time with my kids.”
No doubt spending time with her kids has been much more fun than anything else, with their fun spanning to TikTok as she says her kids were the actual reason why she went viral on the platform. According to her, “They love it, so they’re always encouraging me to use it. They love when I do! But for me, I swear, TikTok isn’t a social media app, it’s a dance app. You click around, you find a new move you want to learn, and you do it. You can do it with your kids, you can do it with your parents or your friends. If you’re stuck at home right now, you can go on TikTok and practice dancing, which is always something that makes your mood better. I’m all about it.”
The interview goes all the way to her story on The Wall Street Journal which had the story on “Can Women Really Look Like J.Lo At 50?” Her take on that is actually simplistic and truthful as she openly said concerning the article and herself at 50: “I mean, that’s amazing… I’ll tell you what I wish I’d known about being 50 when I was younger: It’s not over. When I was in my 20s, I don’t know what I thought about being 50 except that it was basically just the end. I didn’t think I’d be in the best shape of my life. I didn’t think I’d be able to say that in a way, my career is taking off, even though I’ve been going for a long time, you know? I have so much experience now. I have the knowledge that, if I use it, it is a huge advantage. The narrative women are told is that you’re kind of put out to pasture at a certain age. And what I’ve found is that it’s the total opposite. If you keep working hard and pushing yourself, you can be better as a person physically, mentally, emotionally. Stop asking, ‘Will I look like that?’ and just ask, ‘What do I want to do next?’ Because you can make it happen, you know? And nobody ever told me that.”
The fact is that even at 50 JLo isn’t stopping, radiating more than ever with endless things going on with her business, her career, and her family. She’s the epitome of beauty and reality in all forms while keeping things simple and very real, and for now, all she has to tell everyone is to—stay home and practice walking in heels. Just typical JLo.