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How Jennifer Lopez’s Bronx Upbringing Inspired Her New Shoe Collection

How Jennifer Lopez’s Bronx Upbringing Inspired Her New Shoe Collection
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Last night, Jennifer Lopez sizzled in a white, low-cut trench jacket-dress as she launched her new shoe line with Giuseppe Zanotti at Neiman Marcus.

The superstar, who seems to be able to do it all, told “Extra’s” Renee Bargh about her love affair with shoes, which came long before she was famous. She said, “I remember growing up in the Bronx — and my mom and dad will hate me saying this — but having holes in my shoes. Literally. Right in the ball of my foot. Wearing my sneakers out, wearing my sandals out in the summers. Having one pair. And remembering when I went on my first promo tour in Europe, it was the first time I was in Europe, I walked into a room and I was promoting my first album and there were all these shoes, and I was jet-lagged and it was 4 a.m., and I was by myself and I look and I see all these shoes and I'm like, ‘Oh, my God, how did this happen?'”

She revealed, “Shoes have always been symbolic to me of success and being able to provide for myself.”

The inspiration for her collection came from her own shoe closet, with Giuseppe calling it “art." Lopez named some shoes after her family members, including mini-me daughter Emme. “She's like, 'I love it Mommy, Iove it.'” Sporting a pair of her faves at the launch, Lopez reved, “I really love these. These are the Leslie. Which is named after my older sister Leslie.”

The 47-year-old also dished on her recent night out to celebrate her longtime manager Benny Medina’s birthday, saying, “Sometimes we do it big and sometimes we're like, ‘Oh, it's just another one.’ We had a beautiful time. It was a lot of fun.”

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