As one of the most famous born and raised residents of The Bronx borough in New York, Jennifer Lopez, since her envisioned moment of seeing her name in lights, has ruled and influenced the realms of dancing, film, music, fashion, beauty, and television. Already in the history books as the first Latina actress to earn a $1 million paycheck (for her breakout role in the biopic Selena), Lopez is name to be reckoned as a powerful force in all of the aforementioned fields that she's conquered and are often male dominated. A former Baruch College student, she danced for grueling hours at a time, perfecting her craft and going to every audition she could, and confessed in an interview that during this time, she survived on $50 a week while living in a shoddy apartment. Her first televised appearances and breakthroughs were on the variety show In Living Color as a fly girl, and a cameo on Yo! MTV Raps during a MC Hammer interview, with a brunette Lopez eyeing the camera, eager to be discovered. As known for her bodacious derreire as she is for her love life, this proud Puerto Rican-American is a true beacon of determination and raw talent.