Face-off of the Bootylicious Babes
By Emily Feimster
There's no denying that Beyonce Knowles and Jennifer Lopez are two of entertainment's top power players. With their relentless hard work and determination, they've created multi-million dollar sales in music, movies, and fashion. But let's not forget their biggest assets! No, we're not talking about Jay-Z and Marc Anthony, although having those guys on your arm certainly wouldn't hurt, but we're talking about those famous backsides. In a time when thin is in, these bootylicious babes are paving the way for curvy women everywhere to find their rightful place in mainstream America. However, this isn't all they have in common, so join us as we take a look at how these two Hollywood divas match up!
Pix of Beyonce Knowles
Pix of Jennifer Lopez
Hometown: Houston, Texas
| ||Jennifer Lopez|
Hometown: The Bronx, New York
|Love Life: She's kept it simple by sticking with one man, rapper/music mogul Jay-Z. Who else could compare with him anyway?|| ||Love Life: She's been divorced from Ojani Noa and Cris Judd. She had highly publicized flings with P. Diddy and Ben Affleck. Now she's married to her Latin lover, Marc Anthony. |
|Family Affair: Her father, Matthew, managed Destiny's Child. Her mother, Tina, designed their clothes. Her sister, Solange, used to be their back up dancer.|| ||Family Affair: Only her sister, Lynda, is in the entertainment industry, serving as an entertainment TV correspondent for "E! News." |
| Assets: Well, there's a reason why she wrote the song "Bootylicious," people!|| ||Assets: Let's just say her nickname used to be "La Guitarra" because of her body's curves.|
|Hot Stuff: She was ranked #7 in Stuff magazine's "102 Sexiest Women in the World." Not to mention being voted #1 on VH1's 100 Hottest Hotties.|| ||Hot Stuff: She was ranked #2 in Stuff magazine's "102 Sexiest Women in the World." She was also voted #1 in FHM's 100 Sexiest Women list. |
|Ambitions: By age seven, Knowles was attending dance school where she went on to win 30 local singing and dancing competitions. She and her former best friend, LaTavia Roberson, met Kelly Rowland and LeToya Luckett to form the group "Girl's Tyme." They entered "Star Search," but were heart broken after losing.|| ||Ambitions: After dropping out of college after one semester, Lopez pursued her talent for dance. She split her time between her job at a law office, taking dance classes, and dancing in Manhattan clubs at night. She moved out from under her parents' strict rules and lived in the dance studio where she'd been practicing for several years.|
|Early Promise: The girls renamed themselves "Destiny's Child" and their 1998 debut album, which was produced by Wyclef Jean and Jermaine Dupri, went platinum. After some inner turmoil, Michelle Williams replaced Roberson and Luckett. The new trio soon became international stars with their hit album "Survivor."|| ||Early Promise: After months of auditioning, she got her first gig as a video rap girl for MC Hammer. She then landed a regular spot on "In Living Color" as one of their "Fly Girls." It led to a backup dancing gig for Janet Jackson, but it wasn't until she starred in the movie "Selena" that her career really took off. || |
|Extra, Extra: Knowles is the spokeswoman for Tommy Hilfiger's perfume True Star and True Star Gold. In 2005, she launched the clothing line "House of Dereon" with her mother. In her free time, she has multi-million dollar endorsement deals with Pepsi, L'Oreal, and Wal-mart. || ||Extra, Extra: No one's ever accused this gal of being lazy. Not only does she have two perfumes, Glow and Still, but she also has a clothing line called "JLO" and "Sweetface." She owns the Cuban restaurant Madre's in Pasadena, California and the production company Nuyorican Productions.|
|Music: In 2003, she took a break from Destiny's Child to release her debut solo album "Dangerously In Love," which soared to the top of the Billboard Charts. It was the 6th best-selling album in the United States that year. In 2005, Destiny's Child released their final album and embarked on a farewell tour. || ||Music: In 1999, her debut album "On The 6" reached the top 10 of the Billboard charts. Her next album, "J. Lo," debuted at #1, as did her remix album "J To Tha L-O!: The Remixes." Her next two albums "This Is Me…Then" and "Rebirth" debuted at #2, though the latter quickly flopped. |
|Movies: She co-starred in the hit "Austin Powers in Goldmember" in 2002. She's gone on to star in "The Fighting Temptations," "The Pink Panther," and DreamWorks' upcoming "Dreamgirls." || ||Movies: She's starred in such flicks as "The Wedding Planner," "Enough," "Maid in Manhattan," "Angel Eyes," "Shall We Dance," "Monster-in-Law," and our all time favorite "Gigli."|
|Accolades: In 2001, she became the first African-American woman to ever win the ASCAP Pop Songwriter of the Year Award. In 2004, she won five GrammyAwards for her debut solo album.|| ||Accolades: She became the first Latina actress to get paid $1 million or more for her role in "Selena." The part garnered her a Golden Globe nomination. She's also been nominated for two Grammys.|
|Quotable Quotes: "We all have our imperfections. But I'm human and you know, it's important to concentrate on other qualities besides outer beauty." On being compared to Lopez: "It doesn't annoy me, no, because I respect J. Lo. I like her. I think she's great. And I know that I'm over a decade younger than her, it's so flattering that I'm so young and people are comparing me to someone who has accomplished so much." || ||Quotable Quotes: "Beauty is only skin deep. I think what's really important is finding a balance of mind, body and spirit." On being called J. Lo: "I'm not J. Lo - she's not a real person. She was just a bit of fun that got really crazy. I've never been anyone but Jennifer. I was going to call the album 'Call Me Jennifer' because that would be my way of saying goodbye to the whole J. Lo thing. But 'Rebirth' is perfect because it means so much more."|
|Current Activities: Knowles announced that she will start writing songs for hernext album sometime in mid-2006. Right now she is concentrating on her December release "Dreamgirls," co-starring Jamie Foxx. || ||Current Activities: Lopez is soon to release her sixth studio album and first Spanish record titled "Come Ama Una Mujer." She also has four movies on the way.|Syndicated Columnists
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