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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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Exclusive: Luis Fonsi Talks Working with Rauw Alejandro, Christina Aguilera, and Demi Lovato

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Exclusive: Luis Fonsi Talks Working with Rauw Alejandro, Christina Aguilera, and Demi Lovato

Luis Fonsi is kicking off 2021 with a new single. The Puerto Rican superstar premiered the music video for “Vacío” on Feb. 18 featuring rising Boricua singer Rauw Alejandro. The guys put a new spin on the classic “A Puro Dolor” by Son By Four.

Luis Fonsi throws it back to his románticas.

“I called Omar Alfanno, the writer of ‘A Puro Dolo,’ who is a dear friend,” Fonsi tells Latido Music. “I told him what my idea was [with ‘Vacío’] and he loved it. He gave me his blessing, so I wrote a new song around a few of those lines from ‘A Puro Dolor’ to bring back that nostalgia of those old romantic tunes that have been a part of my career as well. It’s a fresh production. It sounds like today, but it has that DNA of a true, old-school ballad.”

The world got to know Fonsi through his global smash hit “Despacito” with Daddy Yankee in 2017. The remix with Canadian pop star Justin Bieber took the song to new heights. That was a big moment in Fonsi’s music career that spans over 20 years.

There’s more to Fonsi than “Despacito.”

Fonsi released his first album, the fittingly-titled Comenzaré, in 1998. While he was on the come-up, he got the opportunity of a lifetime to feature on Christina Aguilera’s debut Latin album Mi Reflejo in 2000. The two collaborated on “Si No Te Hubiera Conocido.” Fonsi scored multiple Billboard Hot Latin Songs No. 1s in the years that followed and one of the biggest hits was “No Me Doy Por Vencido” in 2008. That was his career-defining romantic ballad.

“Despacito” remains the second most-viewed music video on YouTube with over 7.2 billion views. The hits did not stop there. Later in 2017, he teamed up with Demi Lovato for “Échame La Culpa,” which sits impressively with over 2 billion views.

He’s also appearing on The Voice next month.

Not only is Fonsi working on his new album, but also he’s giving advice to music hopefuls for the new season of The Voice that’s premiering on March 1. Kelly Clarkson tapped him as her Battle Advisor. In an exclusive interview, Fonsi talked with us about “Vacío,” The Voice, and a few of his greatest hits.

What was the experience like to work with Rauw Alejandro for “Vacío”?

Rauw is cool. He’s got that fresh sound. Great artist. Very talented. Amazing onstage. He’s got that great tone and delivery. I thought he had the perfect voice to fit with my voice in this song. We had talked about working together for awhile and I thought that this was the perfect song. He really is such a star. What he’s done in the last couple of years has been amazing. I love what he brought to the table on this song.

Now I want to go through some of your greatest hits. Do you remember working with Christina Aguilera for her Spanish album?

How could you not remember working with her? She’s amazing. That was awhile back. That was like 1999 or something like that. We were both starting out and she was putting out her first Spanish album. I got to sing a beautiful ballad called “Si No Te Hubiera Conocido.” I got to work with her in the studio and see her sing in front of the mic, which was awesome. She’s great. One of the best voices out there still to this day.

What’s one of your favorite memories of “No Me Doy Por Vencido”?

“No Me Doy Por Vencido” is one of the biggest songs in my career. I think it’s tough to narrow it down just to one memory. I think in general the message of the song is what sticks with me. The song started out as a love song, but it turned into an anthem of hope. We’ve used the song for different important events and campaigns. To me, that song has such a powerful message. It’s bigger than just a love song. It’s bringing hope to people. It’s about not giving up. To be able to kind of give [people] hope through a song is a lot more powerful than I would’ve ever imagined. It’s a very special song.

I feel the message is very relevant to the COVID-19 pandemic we’re living through.

Oh yeah! I wrote that song a long time ago with Claudia Brant, and during the first or second month of the lockdown when we were all stuck at home, we did a virtual writing session and we rewrote “No Me Doy Por Vencido.” Changing the lyrics, kind of adjusting them to this situation that we’re living now. I haven’t recorded it. I’ll do something with it eventually. It’s really cool. It still talks about love. It talks about reuniting. Like the light at the end of the tunnel. It has the hope and love backbone, but it has to do a lot with what we’re going through now.

What do you think of the impact “Despacito” made on the industry?

It’s a blessing to be a part of something so big. Again, it’s just another song. We write these songs and the moment you write them, you don’t really know what’s going to happen with them. Or sometimes you run into these surprises like “Despacito” where it becomes a global phenomenon. It goes No. 1 in places where Spanish songs had never been played. I’m proud. I’m blessed. I’m grateful to have worked with amazing people like Daddy Yankee. Like Justin Bieber for the remix and everyone else involved in the song. My co-writer Erika Ender. The producers Mauricio Rengifo and Andrés Torres. It was really a team effort and it’s a song that obviously changed my career forever.

What was the experience like to work with Demi Lovato on “Echáme La Culpa”?

She’s awesome! One of the coolest recording sessions I’ve ever been a part of. She really wanted to sing in Spanish and she was so excited. We did the song in Spanish and English, but it was like she was more excited about the Spanish version. And she nailed it! She nailed it from the beginning. There was really not much for me to say to her. I probably corrected her once or twice in the pronunciation, but she came prepared and she brought it. She’s an amazing, amazing, amazing vocalist.

You’re going to be a battle advisor on The Voice. What was the experience like to work with Kelly Clarkson?

She’s awesome. What you see is what you get. She’s honest. She’s funny. She’s talented. She’s humble and she’s been very supportive of my career. She invited me to her show and it speaks a lot that she wanted me to be a part of her team as a Battle Advisor for the new season. She supports Latin music and I’m grateful for that. She’s everything you hope she would be. She’s the real deal, a true star, and just one of the coolest people on this planet.

What can we expect from you in 2021?

A lot of new music. Obviously, everything starts today with “Vacío.” This is literally the beginning of what this new album will be. I’ve done nothing but write and record during the last 10 months, so I have a bunch of songs. Great collaborations coming up. I really think the album will be out probably [in the] third or fourth quarter this year. The songs are there and I’m really eager for everybody to hear them.

Read: We Finally Have A Spanish-Language Song As The Most Streamed Song Of All Time

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Lifestyles Of The Rich And Dangerous: Cartels Are Using TikTok To Lure Young People

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Lifestyles Of The Rich And Dangerous: Cartels Are Using TikTok To Lure Young People

If you’ve ever wondered what someone with a bulletproof vest and an AR-15 would look like flossing — the dance, not the method of dental hygiene — apparently the answer to that question can be found on TikTok.

Unfortunately, it’s not as a part of some absurdist sketch comedy or surreal video art installation. Instead, it’s part of a growing trend of drug cartels in Mexico using TikTok as a marketing tool. Nevermind the fact that Mexico broke grim records last year for the number of homicides and cartel violence, the cartels have found an audience on TikTok and that’s a serious cause for concern.

Mexican cartels are using TikTok to gain power and new recruits.

Just a couple of months ago, a TikTok video showing a legit high-speed chase between police and drug traffickers went viral. Although it looked like a scene from Netflix’s Narcos series, this was a very real chase in the drug cartel wars and it was viewed by more than a million people.

Typing #CartelTikTok in the social media search bar brings up thousands of videos, most of them from people promoting a “cartel culture” – videos with narcocorridos, and presumed members bragging about money, fancy cars and a luxury lifestyle.

Viewers no longer see bodies hanging from bridges, disembodied heads on display, or highly produced videos with messages to their enemies. At least not on TikTok. The platform is being used mainly to promote a lifestyle and to generate a picture of luxury and glamour, to show the ‘benefits’ of joining the criminal activities.

According to security officials, the promotion of these videos is to entice young men who might be interested in joining the cartel with images of endless cash, parties, military-grade weapons and exotic pets like tiger cubs.

Cartels have long used social media to shock and intimidate their enemies.

And using social media to promote themselves has long been an effective strategy. But with Mexico yet again shattering murder records, experts on organized crime say Cartel TikTok is just the latest propaganda campaign designed to mask the blood bath and use the promise of infinite wealth to attract expendable young recruits.

“It’s narco-marketing,” said Alejandra León Olvera, an anthropologist at Spain’s University of Murcia, in a statement to the New York Times. The cartels “use these kinds of platforms for publicity, but of course it’s hedonistic publicity.”

Mexico used to be ground zero for this kind of activity, where researchers created a new discipline out of studying these narco posts. Now, gangs in Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, and the United States are also involved.

A search of the #CartelTikTok community and its related accounts shows people are responding. Public comments from users such as “Y’all hiring?” “Yall let gringos join?” “I need an application,” or “can I be a mule? My kids need Christmas presents,” are on some of the videos.

One of the accounts related to this cartel community publicly answered: “Of course, hay trabajo para todos,” “I’ll send the application ASAP.” “How much is the pound in your city?” “Follow me on Instagram to talk.” The post, showing two men with $100 bills and alcohol, had more than a hundred comments.

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