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J.Lo Gets Sexy in Boxing Gear for V Magazine

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If looking good is the best revenge, Jennifer Lopez — who split from husband of seven years Marc Anthony last summer — has been getting plenty of it lately. She stunned at the Oscars on Sunday in a plunging Zuhair Murad shimmering gown. Now, days later, the 42-year-old is showing off her killer bod in an unusual photo shoot for V Magazine. In the spring issue's cover photo, the "American Idol" judge dons wrist wraps, a men's groin protector ("I thought it was more graphic," J. Lo says of why she chose the male version over the female one.), tiny tee, and leather jacket, revealing her super-toned legs and muscular abs. "It did make me feel tougher," she admits of the look.

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Not that Lopez — who's now dating 24-year-old dancer Casper Smart -- is looking for revenge on her ex, she insists. "I mean, we're parents and friends first," she tells the magazine. "That will be the thread that ties us together. I don't know if people expect it to be negative just because the relationship didn't work out."

[Related: Jennifer Lopez Insists: "There Was No Nipple!" at Oscars]

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And, putting her money where her mouth is, J.Lo is currently producing a Spanish-language Univision talent-search show with Anthony called "Q'Viva." Thanks to the buzz around the upcoming series, it might very well be a hit, but not all of the singer-actress' projects are. Case in point: 2010's "The Back-up Plan," in which she starred as the lead, a career woman who falls in love shortly after being artificially inseminated. The film was a huge flop.

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[Photos: Jennifer Lopez and Casper Smart in the City]

"You're not going to hit the target or the bull's-eye every time. That's part of it," Lopez notes. "At the end of the day, I made those choices. I've been in the business now … I don't want to say how many years. You have amazing moments of recognition and success. But at this point in my life, I try to take it all with a grain of salt."

And the fact she can take the hard times (divorce, movies that bomb) with the good (her 4-year-old twins, finding new love) makes her fighting photo shoot all the more relevant.

"I can take a lot of punches and still keep going," she says. "I've been trained like a boxer to go 15 rounds."

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