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Jennifer Lopez Talks Motherhood, Sexiness with Good Housekeeping South Africa

Posted Tuesday June 26, 2012 12:08 PM GMT

With her new movie "Ice Age: Continental Drift" set to hit theaters on July 3rd, Jennifer Lopez got a jumpstart in worldwide promotions by covering the July 2012 of Good Housekeeping South Africa magazine.

The 42-year-old actress looked enchanting in a Lauren Moffat denim dress with Marc Jacobs jewelry for the Giles Bensimon shot front page while dishing about gratitude, raising her twins alone and the things that spark her soul.

Highlights from Miss Lopez's interview are as follows. For more, be sure to pay a visit to Good Housekeeping South Africa!

On how being a mom has changed her:
"I can't help but be a different person now that I've had kids. That really does change your whole perspective on life for the better. I definitely feel like I've grown-up. So, I guess in a way parts of me are going to be different, but in general I'm still the same girl from the Bronx who had big dreams."

On the greatest lessons she's learned from her kids so far:
"I think the biggest thing they've taught me is what loving someone is and what it should feel like. It's like, 'Wow, how much do I love these children?' No matter what they do, it doesn't matter. This is what unconditional love means. It's crazy, but it's heaven and earth."

On whether she still feels like a sexiest woman alive:
"Sometimes when I get home and I'm not feeling so great, I make myself go to the gym. Then I come home and take a shower, put on a great outfit, some makeup, tie my hair up, and I feel pepped up and great about myself. I think that for some reason, when you maintain yourself, people are really surprised. It's inspiring for woman who have kids and take care of themselves to be sexy."

Photo Credit: Giles Bensimon for Good Housekeeping South Africa