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Jennifer Lopez Is A Red Carpet Queen! Here’s 25 Of Her Most Iconic Looks

When it comes to style, Jennifer Lopez knows how to make a statement. Just as the Nuyorican singer/actress/designer/everything can do it all on the stage or in the board room, she’s also shown she can take it from street style to couture when she’s rocking the red carpet. Her looks are so iconic they’re seared into our memory, and we may have even tried replicating them with lesser success. But, hey, at least we tried!

Here’s J.Lo’s 25 most iconic looks!

25. Her minty green Valentino gown at the 2003 Academy Awards

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This gown had major ’70s vintage glam factor! From its caftan cut, to the sparkly embellishments, to the perfect hair, this look was head-to-toe perfection.

24. Her golden goddess Michal Kors gown at the 61st annual Golden Globes

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She showed up on the red carpet rocking one of the statement looks of 2004 – the Grecian toga-style gown. The marigold color popped on her bronze skin, and the silver leather embellishments added a touch of edge.

23. The show stopping Julien McDonald stunner at the Billboard Latin Music Awards

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We get it. Miami is a hot city, and J.Lo probably wants to ensure she can stay cool. This barely there number worn in 2017 proves that Florida’s hot, hot heat is nothing compared to the fire Lopez radiates. I mean, damn! It’s not even fair.

22. More Valentino Haute Couture at the 2017 Met Gala

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Lopez loves herself some Valentino, and can’t resist a ’70s throwback look! And she does it so damn well. She showed up to the Met Gala radiating high-end “I Dream of Jeannie” realness that made this stand apart at even one of the most avant garde red carpets the fashion world sees.

21. Wearing a Black Anthony Vaccarello at the 2013 Grammys

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It’s pretty rare for Lopez to wear black. She loves bright, statement prints and colors, but this black gown is right in line with the cuts and styles she usually goes for. If there’s a Studio 54-esque one-shoulder gown out there, J.Lo is gonna want it.

20. Her Mini, Baby Pink Marchesa Frock

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Again, if it’s got some vintage glitz to it, J.Lo is all over it. This feathery mini dress she wore at a Golden Globes after party in 2011 has the mod spunk and glamour that only she can pull off.

19. This Gold Marchesa Gown With Plunging Neckline

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Something Lopez has that so many other red carpet mainstays wish they had is the ability to do diva level glitz and major sex appeal, all while keeping it totally classy. This 2009 Golden Globes look could easily be way too much for a mere mortal to rock, but Lopez is a goddess.

18.  The Sparkly Cream Mini And Head Scarf At the VMAs

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This is a lot of look, and most people couldn’t handle even just one element of this outfit. And yet, J.Lo hits that red carpet doing all three, handing out a smoldering look to the cameras. It’s got that ’70s glam she loves too!

16. Bright Yellow Giambattista Valli Haute Couture at the 2016 Golden Globes

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Lopez does not shy away from color. In fact, she revels in it. When she stepped out in this bright yellow gown at the Globes, there wasn’t a head that didn’t turn.

15. Black Lace Dolce & Gabbana At An NYC Fashion Event

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You can always tell when Lopez caught “Valley of the Dolls” playing late night on TV. This look has evil ’60s doña written all over it and I AM HERE FOR IT. It’s so dramatic and kind of silly, but so, so good.

14. In Dark Green Pucci Dress She Wore to the BAFTA’s in 2011

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As always, even when J.Lo does understated there has to be a statement piece to her look. That sparkly sleeve turned this simple gown up a notch, and that’s literally what she does everywhere. She elevates the glam.

13. In White Zuhair Murad at the Golden Globes

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This dress could have easily been a total jealous bridesmaid trying to steal the brides thunder type of look. And it might be just a little bit. But on Lopez, she just makes it shine, and stand out on its own.

12. The Nude Elie Saab Princess Gown At The 2015 Oscars

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This is a lot of dress, but Lopez is a lot of woman and she can carry it. The Elie Saab is nothing short of a fairy tale gown made for running up the steps to a castle, or in Lopez’s case, riding up a glass elevator to a penthouse.

11. The Pink Versace Mermaid Gown

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Lopez made another Versace gown iconic, but we’ll get back to that later. This baby pink, form hugging mermaid-cut gown she wore at the 2002 Oscars was sweet and sexy. The hair was…questionable. Even J.Lo misses the mark sometimes, but reminds us that the prettiest dress can’t hide some truly un-cute hair.  But there’s no disputing Jenny’s got serious moves! Take a look at Jlo’s top 25 music videos!!  

10. Olive Green Jean Desses in 2006

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This color just pops on Lopez! The cut, dramatic train, and rouching of the dress serves up a mega ’50s look that stands the test of time. It’s just so perfect, and hugs her curves in all the right places.

9. Beaded Badgley Mischka Back In 1997

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When Lopez was still a relative newbie to the red carpet, she still brought the glamour. This beaded gown had a bit of of bridesmaid vibe, but it was beautiful and gave us a glimpse of what was to come from the soon-to-be superstar.

8. Frothy Pink Armani Privé in 2010

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Lopez always makes daring choices on the red carpet, and this pink gown she wore to the Oscars was a touch Glenda the Good Witch in a way that I definitely cosign. She’s not afraid to try something different, and that’s why Lopez is always a favorite.

7. Shiny Zuhair Murad in 2012

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This sexy number screams ’30s bombshell! This is a gown that Jean Harlow would have worn, but thankfully we got J.Lo in it looking like the silver screen starlet she is.

6. The Ultra Sexy Silver Charbel Zoe Gown at the VMAs

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Good. Lord. How. How can anyone pull this off? Oh, that’s right. Jennifer Lopez isn’t anyone. This sparkly numbers is the dress we all dream of being able to wear, even to the grocery store.

5. Her 2001 Chanel Gown She Wore At The Oscars

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She may have been rocking some arm candy that fateful Oscar night, but Lopez was the real sweet thing in this demure Chanel gown. But because it’s J.Lo and she can’t go around looking too prim, the see-through top proved she still brings the sexy.

4. Her Badgley Mischka That Set Her Path Into Glam

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This Badgley Mischka number is arguably the first step Lopez took into the sexy, glam looks that would come to be her trademark.

3. Black and Embellished Reem Acra At The People’s Choice Awards

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Lopez doesn’t wear black very often, but you damn well know if she is going to it’s going to have some POW! And this Reem Acra gown definitely brings that thanks to some steely beaded embellishments. It’s that touch of glitz she always brings to the table. I mean, carpet.

2. Her All-White Sean Jean Look At The VMAs

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Back when she was dating Diddy, Lopez showed her support by rocking some of his Sean Jean line. The look become an instant classic, showing off the Bronx babe’s street sensibility.

1. THE DRESS! You Know Which One

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Lopez’s career can be timed as BTD and ATD – Before the Dress and After the Dress. the famous green Versace is not just a defining moment for Lopez, but an iconic moment in red carpet history. No one will ever forget it.

What’s your favorite J.Lo red carpet look?

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What I Wish My Family Knew About How Their Vote For Trump Impacts My Life

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What I Wish My Family Knew About How Their Vote For Trump Impacts My Life

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Politics is a tricky topic for families and friends, especially when you are on opposite sides of the aisle. It’s hard not to take things personally when it comes to how those closest to you vote. Those feelings have been heightened since 2016 when President Donald Trump won on a campaign based on fear and hate. His rhetoric has never changed and his words and policies are having a real impact on the lives of millions, including me and my husband.

My family is a Cuban family living in Florida. They fit the description in more ways than one. They are a close-knit unit always visiting each other and having mini family reunions for every occasion. Covid changed that for a while but over time they have safely created a bubble with themselves. I am one of three in my immediately-extended family to leave Florida so they don’t see my life on a daily basis. I can only imagine that living in Florida would change that.

With the 2020 elections in just days, I have had some hard conversations with my family about things they’ve never understood or asked about. As a gay Latino man living in the U.S., my life hasn’t always been easy and safe. I grew up in a rural town in the Florida panhandle where it was not okay to be visibly and audibly Latino nor gay.

I was 16 when I had my first run-in with violent homophobia. I was at a keg party and I was pouring a beverage. A college student came up to me and asked if I was gay. Knowing the importance of self-preservation, I immediately said no. Without missing a beat, the man sucker-punched me in the face, called me a faggot, and ran to a waiting car that sped off.

My parents never heard that story. I lied to them when they noticed the welt on my face and told them I got elbowed at cheerleading practice. I know. I was a cheerleader and my parents couldn’t see I was gay. It was safer for me to lie and not let my parents know I was targeted for being gay, something they were in no place to accept are Cuban immigrants living in a rural, conservative southern town.

That moment instilled in me a fear that I live with to this day. No matter where I am or what I am doing, I always function at the level that I can be attacked at any time for being gay. President Trump’s rhetoric and administration has made that worse.

During President Barack Obama’s administration, I felt safe for the first time in a long time. I know that comes with some privilege, but it was the first time in in my gay life that I felt safe to be who I was. I came out to my parents. I became involved in politics to get people elected. I traveled as an openly gay man. I was no longer living in the shadows.

The 2016 elections shattered the feeling of safety and peace for me and my friends. Suddenly, all of us were on the chopping block as our rights and dignity were under attack again. The Pulse Nightclub shooting in June 2016 reminded me of how much hate there still was for people like me and the Trump campaign was fanning those flames. I was scared. My family didn’t understand why.

Most of my family voted for President Trump that year. It was a knife through the heart to know that most of my family was not concerned about my own safety and dignity. For them, President Trump’s election was more important than the very real threat he posed to millions of people.

I remember confiding in my family my fear that President Trump would try to eliminate marriage equality, won just one year before. I was made to feel like I was being dramatic. My husband and I got married the Friday after Thanksgiving because we just did not trust what the administration would do.

Four years later, Supreme Court justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito signaled that they want to overturn Obergefell v. Hodges, the case that made my marriage legal. How? With the help of Amy Coney Barrett, who was rushed in with just days left till election day. Marriage equality became law of the land in a 5-4 ruling.

This blow to the LGBTQ+ community comes after the Supreme Court ruled 6-3 that LGBTQ+ people cannot be fired for being LGBTQ+. The ruling in June stated that LGBTQ+ were included in the Civil Rights Act under protection from discrimination based on sex.

The lawsuit brought to the Supreme Court to make discrimination against me legal was drafted by the Trump administration. The man my family voted for wanted to make me less than everyone else.

One of the first cases before the majority conservative court that could erode LGBTQ+ rights is Fulton v. City of Philadelphia. The case, which will be heard the day after the election, will decide if private agencies that receive government dollars can refuse people based on their sexual orientation, gender identity, and even religion. How is this happening in the U.S. in 2020?

I am also a recently diagnosed diabetic. The Trump administration has been a hostile enemy of the Affordable Care Act since day one. The ACA, also known as Obamacare, has become increasingly popular with Americans, especially now during the pandemic.

Another case being heard on behalf of the Trump administration is a case to dismantle the ACA once and for all. This would throw millions of people off of their healthcare and would leave millions more with pre-existing conditions without healthcare.

A vote for Trump is a vote to strip people of necessary and life-saving healthcare. We have all read the horror stories of people dying of diabetes because they couldn’t afford their insulin. The Trump administration wants us to go back to those days. The court case could force numerous people to die from treatable and manageable diseases for the sake of profit over lives.

Republicans have no plan to replace the ACA. However, they have continued to lie to the American people and claim that they do.

There are several communities under attack right now. Black lives are at stake. Abortion rights are at stake. Healthcare is at stake. Immigrant rights are at stake. Trans lives are at stake. LGBTQ+ rights are at stake. Our standing in the world is at stake. The soul of our nation is at stake.

Under this current administration, I have seen my friends live in fear that they will lose rights. I have watched friends grapple with the understanding that they have lost rights.

My family claims to care for me, and I am sure that on some level they really believe that. However, as a gay Latino man living in the Trump administration, I have grown resentful. I resent that their votes are costing me and my friends their human dignity. I resent that their vote exacerbated the ongoing pandemic that has cost more lives than it should have. I resent that they ask why I don’t visit despite voting to limit my rights and freedom.

To my family members who have voted against this administration, thank you. Thank you for standing by my side. Thank you for understanding what is at stake for me and my marriage. Thank you for rebuking an administration that has caused unnecessary harm to millions of innocent people.

It is not too late to have your voice heard. Go vote. Millions of us are relying on you using your voice to determine the future of this nation.

READ: Remembering The Victims Of The Orlando Shooting, Many Of Whom Were Latino

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Dodgers Win First World Series Championship Since 1988 And It’s Great To Be An Angeleno

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Dodgers Win First World Series Championship Since 1988 And It’s Great To Be An Angeleno

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The Los Angeles Dodgers are the champions after 32 years. The bizarre year of Covid and social distancing was also a year of wins for Los Angeles after both the Lakers and Dodgers bring home the championships. The city was alive with energy after the historic and wonderful win.

The Los Angeles Dodgers are the new World Series champions.

The baseball team has not won a World Series championship since 1988. This year, after a long 32-year drought, the Dodgers broke that curse and delivered LA a win during the time of Covid. The Dodgers went against the Tampa Bay Rays and battled it out in a nerve-wracking and nail-biting World Series.

Of course, there is a lot of love being showered on the Latino players.

Latinos are a major part of the Dodgers and their fanbase is huge. There is a reason that the nickname of the Dodgers is Los Doyers. There are four Latino pitchers on the Dodgers and they made themselves crucial parts of the team this season leading the team to the championship.

The Dodgers triumphed over the Tampa Bay Rays in the World Series on Game 6. The teams kept battling it out for the first four games with the Dodgers winning the first and third. The Tampa Bay Rays won the second and fourth. Yet, the Dodgers came through at the end with victories in the fifth and sixth game to clinch the title.

The story overpowering the coverage of the Dodgers’ World Series win is Justin Turner.

The third baseman tested positive for Covid-19 during the game and was removed when the test came back positive. However, when the Dodgers won the sixth game, Turner ran onto the field without a mask. He was photographed holding the trophy, posing with the team for photos, and even taking selfies without wearing a mask.

It is a clear violation of Covid guidelines for the MLB. According to reports, officials sent security to remove Turner from the field because he was breaking safety guidelines. He allegedly refused to leave the field.

Fans have a lot of questions about how Turner caught Covid since the league was supposed to be operating in a bubble.

The MLB has had issues with some teams dealing with Covid infections but it had been a while since one had happened. Turner was tested the day before the game but it came back inconclusive, a pretty common issues with Covid testing right now. Turner was then tested before the game and when the results came back positive in the second inning, Turner was immediately removed.

The MLB has launched an investigation into Turner’s outright refusal to comply with Covid safety guidelines.

“Following the Dodgers’ victory, it is clear that Turner chose to disregard the agreed-upon joint protocols and the instructions he was given regarding the safety and protection of others,’’ the Commissioner’s Office said in a statement. “While a desire to celebrate is understandable, Turner’s decision to leave isolation and enter the field was wrong and put everyone he came in contact with at risk. When MLB Security raised the matter of being on the field with Turner, he emphatically refused to comply.’’

READ: The Los Angeles Dodgers Are Playing In The World Series And People Are Excited

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