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By: Mary C. Beltrán

In: Stardom and Celebrity: A Reader

Chapter 23: The Hollywood Latina Body as Site of Social Struggle: Media Constructions of Stardom and Jennifer Lopez's “Cross-over Butt”

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The Hollywood Latina Body as Site of Social Struggle: Media Constructions of Stardom and Jennifer Lopez's “Cross-over Butt”
The Hollywood Latina body as site of social struggle: Media constructions of stardom and Jennifer Lopez's “cross-over butt”
Mary C.Beltrán

It was the Entertainment Weekly photographs that clinched it. When actress Jennifer Lopez graced the October 9, 1998 Entertainment Weekly cover and headlined that week's cover story on entertainment industry “divas,” the cover and inside photos were unusual, even as far as cheesecake photos go. The cover photograph consisted of Lopez wearing only a pair of black tights and a satisfied smile and posed with her back to the camera, a pure fetishization of her posterior. The photo inside was in the same vein, covering two pages and set ...

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