Jennifer Lopez is one of the most influential women in the world. Her words and actions hold great impact for her millions of fans worldwide, and she recently opened up to E! on the topic of body shaming and how her story has inspired fans to be more confident in their own image.

Much like the rest of the world, there was a time when J. Lo wasn’t exactly comfortable with her body image. At a point in time, she felt as if her body was too curvy for the demands of the entertainment industry. “They kept telling me to lose weight. And I was a dancer and I was athletic and even my manager at the time, who I no longer work with, um, was telling me, ‘You need to lose weight. You need to be thinner. I was like, ‘No I don’t. If I lose any more weight it won’t be me.’ You know what I mean?”

According to Elle, J. Lo was inspired to share her story because a fan told her she was inspired to stop wearing sweatshirts around her waist thanks to Lopez’s confidence. “I’ve learned that being healthy and feeling great aren’t about having one specific body type; it’s a completely individual thing. Feeling beautiful is an attitude and we should all look for the beautiful things we love about ourselves, regardless of how our bodies compare to someone else.”

J. Lo applauds the new movement toward self confidence and stands behind the evolution of body confidence. While interviewing with ET, she was asked of the advice she would give herself as a teenager. She replied, “Love yourself! Stop spending so much time worrying about what others think about you because when you love yourself and you’re happy, that’s reflected in your whole body, and that’s what makes you truly beautiful. And always use a good moisturizer!”