The American Idol judge recalled being outraged when comments were made about her figure but insists that those who work with her now "know better" than to make negative remarks.
"I was just so infuriated that somebody said you couldn't have a little extra meat on you - because I was by no means fat!" Lopez explained in a new interview with Glamour.
"That was so mean and closed-minded. I was like: 'No, this is who I am and this is the type of woman that I grew up with and it's beautiful. There's no reason to be anybody but myself'."
However, Lopez confessed that she has insecurities about growing older, adding: "I mean, I'd like to think I'll feel great about myself and age gracefully, but then I think, 'Well, what if I do want a little bit of something?'"
"I'm open to being open. I'm not going to make a judgment on it because I don't have to yet."
Lopez recently said that she has learned that loving herself is the most important thing since her recent divorce from Marc Anthony.
Watch Jennifer Lopez and her fellow American Idol judges in a promo for the new season below (US readers only):