Jennifer Lopez talks about what the #MeToo movement means to her as a woman and mother.

By Thatiana Diaz
February 05, 2018 10:59 AM
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At an event in LA Jan. 31, Jennifer Lopez celebrated the launch of Guess’ new spring 2018 campaign as the latest face of the brand. But what was supposed to be a festive night for the fashion company saw some turbulence: That same day supermodel Kate Upton called out the brand’s co-founder and creative director Paul Marciano for allegedly using his power to harass women. With this controversy, J. Lo took the opportunity to address both the bigger picture and the more personal benefits of the current wave of female empowerment.

When asked about the #MeToo movement in an interview with Billboard magazine, the Shades of Blue star said she stands by the women who are sharing their stories and called this “a beautiful time for women.” The superstar added, “We are really finding our voices. We are really coming out of the shadows and saying how we feel. [It’s about] knowing our worth and our value and making the opposite sex aware of our worth and our value.”

Lopez, who wore black during her visit to Puerto Rico last month in support of #MeToo, shared what this phenomenon means to her as a mother to a 9-year-old girl. “It’s a groundbreaking thing that’s going on in the world right now,” she said. “Of course, I always support women speaking up. I’m super-excited about the time we are living in right now — especially for my daughter.”

Jennifer Lopez and daughter Emme

On Feb. 1, J. Lo also released a statement to PEOPLE, regarding her continued stance on eradicating sexual harassment in all workplaces.

“My position on these issues is well-known, as I have been very vocal about them,” she shared. “I do not condone any acts of sexual harassment, violation or misconduct. Any accusations should be fully and thoroughly investigated. I will continue to support our rights as women.”

Aside from her GUESS campaign launch this week, Lopez has more to be excited about with the Feb. 2 release of her newest dance track “Us,” produced by Skrillex and Poo Bear. The singer performed the single for the first time Feb. 3 during the Super Saturday Night show in Minneapolis ahead of Super Bowl Sunday.