@jlo became the first Latina actor to earn over $1 million for a film and the first woman to have a No. 1 album and a No. 1 movie in the same week. But, as @kerrywashington writes, Lopez—one of TIME’s 100 most influential people in the world—is also a mother, an entrepreneur, an activist, a designer, a beauty icon, a philanthropist and a producer. "She is an undeniable force and a powerful example—not just for women of color but for anyone who has been made to feel ‘other' and for everyone who carries the burden and the privilege of being a first,” Washington adds. In the beginning, Lopez tells TIME, she "wanted to do romantic comedies and just be the girl, not the Spanish girl or the Latina girl. I just wanted to be a person and never let anybody kind of pigeonhole me or put me in a box, like, you can't do this, or you can’t do that.” Every step of the way, “people try to do that to you—especially when you’re a woman.” Her hunger, she continues, is "not from ambition of wanting more. It’s an ambition of passion of doing what I love and seeing how many great things I can do in that sense. And *can* I do it? Or am I going to fall flat on my face? Maybe? Ok, next? What am I gonna do next?” See the full #TIME100 list at TIME.com/100.