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[PHOTOS] Latino Stars Then and Now

Gorgeous celebs like Jessica Alba, Jennifer Lopez and Shakira may strut their stuff down the carpet now but they struggled through the same growing pains as everyone else back in the day. Take a look and see how some of your favorite Latino celebs have evolved over the years.

Jennifer Lopez  –  Jenny from the Block to Glamazon

J.Lo. has definitely softened her look from the “Jenny on the Block” days. Now, you’re more likely to see the Puerto Rican diva shopping with her adorable twins or adopting a puppy with her boyfriend Casper Smart. But the former “American Idol” judge’ is keeping busy as always; she’s working on two albums and her new film “Parker” comes out this month.

Jennifer Lopez attends Nickelodeon's 17th Annual Kids' Choice Awards at Pauley Pavilion on the campus of UCLA, April 3, 2004 in Westwood, California.  (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Jennifer Lopez attends Nickelodeon’s 17th Annual Kids’ Choice Awards at Pauley Pavilion on the campus of UCLA, April 3, 2004 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

 

Jennifer Lopez at the 70th Annual Golden Globes held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 13, 2013.

Jennifer Lopez at the 70th Annual Golden Globes held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 13, 2013.

Jessica Alba – Dark Angel to Sophisticated Seductress

 Jessica Alba began her career first breaking tween hearts on “The Secret World of Alex Mack” then teen hearts on “Never Been Kissed.” Not much has changed since then–the mother of two is considered one of the most desirable women in the world. But Alba only has eyes for her producer hubby Cash Warren, whom she met on the set of Fantastic Four in 2004.

  Actress Jessica Alba attends the "I Still Know What You Did Last Summer" Westwood Premiere on November 11, 1998 at the Mann National Theatre in Westwood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)

Actress Jessica Alba attends the “I Still Know What You Did Last Summer” Westwood Premiere on November 11, 1998 at the Mann National Theatre in Westwood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)

Jessica Alba, a cast member in "A.C.O.D.," smiles at fellow cast member Adam Scott as they work the press line at the premiere of the film at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Jessica Alba, a cast member in “A.C.O.D.,” smiles at fellow cast member Adam Scott as they work the press line at the premiere of the film at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Sammy Sosa - Baseball legend to master of delusion

Retired Chicago Cubs right fielder Sammy Sosa apparently hasn’t quit “rejuvenating” his skin, but maybe he thinks that will get him elected as president of the Dominican Republic. The Dominican-born Sosa frequently requests that his outstanding baseball record –609 home runs, 160 RBIS in a single season, 2,408 hits– land him a spot in the Baseball Hall of Fame, but it doesn’t look like the steroid-tainted player will be inducted any time soon.

Sammy Sosa #21 of the Chicago Cubs looks on during a spring training game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Hohkam Stadium in Mesa, Arizona. The Diamondbacks defeated the Cubs 9-8. (Photo by Todd Warshaw/ Getty Images)

Sammy Sosa #21 of the Chicago Cubs looks on during a spring training game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Hohkam Stadium in Mesa, Arizona. The Diamondbacks defeated the Cubs 9-8. (Photo by Todd Warshaw/ Getty Images)

Sammy Sosa arrives at the 12th annual Latin GRAMMY Awards at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino on November 10, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/ Getty Images)

Sammy Sosa arrives at the 12th annual Latin GRAMMY Awards at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino on November 10, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/ Getty Images)

Tatyana Ali – Baby Girl to Triple Threat

Tatyana Ali has grown up a lot from playing the sweet and precocious Ashley Banks on “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.” The Harvard graduate has released three hit singles, starred  in a string of blockbuster films and now runs her own production company Hazrah which led to her BET show “Buppies.” The half-Panamian, star, who is also in the TvOne series “Love that Girl,” was just nominated for an  NAACP Image Award.

Actress Tatyana Ali, actor Will Smith and music/television producer Quincy Jones break from filming "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" on October 20, 1990 at Columbia/Sunset Gower Studios in Hollywood, California. (photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)

Actress Tatyana Ali, actor Will Smith and music/television producer Quincy Jones break from filming “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” on October 20, 1990 at Columbia/Sunset Gower Studios in Hollywood, California. (photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)

Tatyana Ali attends the Inaugural Ball hosted by BET Networks at Smithsonian American Art Museum & National Portrait Gallery on January 21, 2013 in Washington, DC.

Tatyana Ali attends the Inaugural Ball hosted by BET Networks at Smithsonian American Art Museum & National Portrait Gallery on January 21, 2013 in Washington, DC.

Jon Secada – Backup Singer to Crossover Crooner

This two-time Grammy winner launched his career as a backup singer and songwriter for Gloria Estefan. He skyrocketed to fame after Estefan brought him on-stage to sing a solo. Soon after, he released the hit song “Just Another Day,” and a self-titled album that sold six million copies worldwide and went triple platinum.  Recently, the Afro-Cuban Secada returned to the recording studio for a new single about military families called “I’m Never Too Far Away.”

Jon Secada arrives at the Billboard Latin Music Awards at the Jackie Gleason Theater in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Scott Gries/ImageDirect)

Jon Secada arrives at the Billboard Latin Music Awards at the Jackie Gleason Theater in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Scott Gries/ImageDirect)

Jon Secada on December 17, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/ Getty Images)

Jon Secada on December 17, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/ Getty Images)

Shakira –  Wallflower to Multi-Million-Dollar Siren

Colombian sensation Shakira wrote her first song at 8, signed her first record deal at 13 and released her first album, “Pies Descalzos,” at 18. The half-Colombian, half-Lebanese superstar infuses her music with her Latin and Arab roots, singing merengue-inspired tunes like “Loca,” and mesmerizing audiences with her belly dancing moves. The pop queen just gave birth to a brand new baby boy, Milan,  with her husband, footballer Gerard Piqué.  She will soon lend her musical expertise to emerging stars as the newest judge on “The Voice and has kept fans in suspense as they await her upcoming eighth album.

Shakira (Photo by Sam Levi/WireImage)

Shakira (Photo by Sam Levi/WireImage)

Shakira at the NRJ Music Awards 2012 at Palais des Festivals on January 28, 2012 in Cannes, France.

Shakira at the NRJ Music Awards 2012 at Palais des Festivals on January 28, 2012 in Cannes, France.

Ricky Martin – Teen heartthrob to international pop idol

After his first audition for the Puerto Rican boy band “Menudo,” Ricky Martin was turned down because executives thought he was too short. But the persistent Martin returned for a third audition, and they admitted him. His addition launched the group to stardom and the Grammy-award-winning pop singer went on to become the group’s most famous alum. Martin recently wrapped up a ten-month-run on Broadway as “Ché” in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Evita” and is developing a new show for NBC, expected to debut this year. In the meantime, he’ll head down under to become a judge on “The Voice” in Australia. The 41-year-old father of two made headlines in 2010 when he came out as gay. Since then he’s spoken out against homophobia, most notably at a UN awareness conference in 2012, saying “I lived in fear.”

 Puerto Rican teen quintet "Menudo"  pose for a mid 1980's portrait. Ricky Martin (far left) was a member from 1984-1989. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

Puerto Rican teen quintet “Menudo” pose for a mid 1980’s portrait. Ricky Martin (far left) was a member from 1984-1989. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

Ricky Martin will be a judge on the upcoming season of "The Voice Australia." (Photo by Getty Images)

Ricky Martin will be a judge on the upcoming season of “The Voice Australia.” (Photo by Getty Images) (Photo/Getty Images)

Wilmer Valderrama - Goofball to Ladies Man

Best known for his role as the often-bullied foreign exchange student “Fez” on “That 70s Show,” Wilmer Valderrama has matured into a multi-talented star with credits in film, fashion and charity work. The handsome Colombian-Venezuelan actor recently announced he will produce and star in a new series on 20th Century Fox TV  and is also recording tracks for a new studio album. The 32-year-old is also known as a Casanova; he’s often bragged about his many starlet conquests including Mandy Moore, Jessica Alba, Lindsay Lohan and Demi Lovato.

Wilmer Valderrama arrives at the premiere of the film "Dude, Where''s my Car?" December 10, 2000 in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Newsmakers)

Wilmer Valderrama arrives at the premiere of the film “Dude, Where”s my Car?” December 10, 2000 in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Newsmakers)

Wilmer Valderrama poses for a photo during the Voto Latino's 2013 Inauguration Celebration at Oya Restaurant on January 20, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images)

Wilmer Valderrama poses for a photo during the Voto Latino’s 2013 Inauguration Celebration at Oya Restaurant on January 20, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images)

Fat Joe - Butterball to ‘Drop a Body

Fat Joe, or Joseph Antonio Cartagena, grew up in public housing in the Bronx and broke out on the music scene with songs like  “Lean Back,” “Make it Rain,” and “What’s Luv,” with Ashanti. The child of Puerto Rican and Cuban parents, Fat Joe recently caught heat for failing to pay more than $700,000 in taxes but really made headlines for a massive weight loss in 2011. At one time, the rapper weighed close to 460 pounds, but was inspired to lose weight after his childhood role model Big Pun died from a heart attack. Fat Joe hit the gym and ate healthier foods, shedding nearly 100 pounds in a single year. Now, he’s one of the backers of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! Campaign against childhood obesity. But, he says, he’s sticking with the name.

Fat Joe performs at Lifebeat's UrbanAID 2, a benefit concert to raise awareness of HIV prevention and AIDS issues in the urban community, at the Beacon Theater in New York City, 4/9/02. Photo by Frank Micelotta/ImageDirect.

Fat Joe performs at Lifebeat’s UrbanAID 2, a benefit concert to raise awareness of HIV prevention and AIDS issues in the urban community, at the Beacon Theater in New York City, 4/9/02. Photo by Frank Micelotta/ImageDirect.

Fat Joe performs onstage at the 2012 BET Hip Hop Awards at Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center on September 29, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Rick Diamond/ Getty Images for BET)

Fat Joe performs onstage at the 2012 BET Hip Hop Awards at Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center on September 29, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Rick Diamond/ Getty Images for BET)

Rosario Dawson – From rags to riches…literally

Photographers discovered Rosario Dawson on the stoop of the abandoned apartment in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, New York where her family squatted illegally. They immediately cast the Puerto-Rican-Afro-Cuban beauty in the controversial indie film “Kids.” 2012 was a busy year for Dawson; as the co-founder of “Voto Latino,” the actress dedicated herself to registering voters and reelecting President Obama. This year, she’s planning a  return to the big screen.  She will star in the biopic “Chavez,” alongside Gael Garcia Bernal, about workers’ rights revolutionary Cesar Chavez and she’ll join Ryan Reynolds for a thriller directed by Canadian filmmaker Atom Egoyan.

Rosario Dawson attends the premiere of 'Light It Up' on November 4, 1999 at the Cinerama Dome Theater in Universal City, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)

Rosario Dawson attends the premiere of ‘Light It Up’ on November 4, 1999 at the Cinerama Dome Theater in Universal City, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)

Rosario Dawson at the  Hip-Hop Inaugural Ball II at Harman Center for the Arts on January 20, 2013 in Washington, DC.

Rosario Dawson at the Hip-Hop Inaugural Ball II at Harman Center for the Arts on January 20, 2013 in Washington, DC.

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