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'Your dreams are limited only by your imagination'

By Rediff Get Ahead
November 18, 2020 14:54 IST
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'Know you can do whatever want, as many things as you want and to be proud of who you are no matter where you come from.'

Jennifer Lopez

IMAGE: Jennifer Lopez looked picture perfect at the People's Choice Awards. Photograph: Kind courtesy Jennifer Lopez/Instagram 

Looking flawless in a red mini dress by American designer Christian Siriano, Jennifer Lopez attended the People's Choice Awards over the weekend.

The singer, who was presented the People's Icon Award at the show, completed the look with nude heels and a red clutch.

She uploaded her pic on Instagram and it has already been liked by over 1.9 million fans.

While JLo wowed people with her red flirty silhouette, it was her acceptance speech at the awards that won hearts on social media:

'Man, 2020 was no joke, right?

'I mean, before 2020 we were obsessing about winning this award or getting nominated for that award, or we were caught up in who sold the most records or box office openings or crazy stuff like, 'Did we get the latest drop before anybody else?'" But not this year.

'This year was the great leveler. It showed us what mattered, what didn't.

'And, for me, reinforced what mattered most: people, all of us, together. Helping each other, loving each other, being kind to each other. And the importance of that connection, that human touch.

'I realised that's what I strive for in everything I do. To reach people, to touch people. I believe that's what we all want, those shared experiences to know that we're not in this alone.

'Your belief and your faith in me motivates me to keep going and sometimes when I'm tired or beaten down, like a lot of us have been this year, it's my family, friends, my babies, and my fans, you guys, who have lifted me up when I couldn't lift myself.

'I am so grateful to have you, to have that in my life. You know, I approach my career the same way I approach my life.

'I lead with life, I feel with my heart and I always try to speak truth in telling stories, singing songs. I do so with the purpose of bringing a little happiness, creating beauty and inspiring others to do the same.

'From being a little girl in the Bronx, New York, and having the privilege of performing on some of the biggest stages in the world, and even at the Super Bowl earlier this year, that was a biggie!

'I have seen and learned a lot and I am still learning. I want to thank you and tell you how much I appreciate you for letting me do that in front of you for all of these years.

'As a Latina and as a woman, we have to work twice as hard to get the opportunities.

'Sometimes my big dreams and my ambitions, it made the people around me nervous. "You can't be an actress. You're an actress, what, you want to sing? You're an artist, you won't be taken seriously as a businesswoman."

'The more that they said I couldn't, the more I knew that I had to. So now here I stand so very grateful knowing that the true measure of my success is not in box office numbers or records sold, but from the love that I feel from all of you, and yes, I feel it.

'The true measure is inspiring girls in all ages and all colors, from all over the world, to know you can do whatever want, as many things as you want and to be proud of who you are no matter where you come from.

'I want them to know your dreams are limited only by your imagination, determination and their willingness to never give up.

'If I have touched you or them in any small way, then this is the greatest award I could ever receive.

'I accept this award with great humility and gratitude, and hope we can begin to heal as a country and stand together united and proud, and in harmony.'

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