J.Lo at 40: How a Diva Was Made!

In 40 photos, see how the birthday girl (on July 24) went from Jenny from the Block to superstar

BRONX GIRL

An athletic teenager, Lopez participates in track and field at Preston High School in her native Bronx, N.Y., before graduating in 1987. She takes the local 6 train into Manhattan for dance auditions and her subway rides later inspire the title of her 1999 debut CD, On the 6.