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JLo’s Iconic Versace ‘Jungle’ Dress Broke The Internet— Now The Label Redesigned The Dress And Made The Pop Star The Face Of Their Brand

Jennifer Lopez has been tied to Versace for years. Ever since her infamous appearance at the 2000 Grammy Awards in that palm print dress that prompted the creation of Google‘s image search, JLo’s long-lasting love affair with the Italian brand has been an ever-present relationship in her career. And the friendship is finally being celebrated. Jenny from the block is celebrating her long-running affair with Versace by becoming the face of the brand in 2020.

The superstar has been associated with the Italian fashion house since 2000.

Lopez wore the brand’s plunging jungle print dress to the Grammy Awards in 2000, and the iconic red carpet outfit led to the creation of Google Images. She celebrated the look once again just last year in September, when she sported an updated version to close Versace’s catwalk show in Milan.

On Saturday, J.Lo announced on Instagram that she was representing the brand’s Spring/Summer 2020 collection.

Now, Jennifer has revealed that she and Versace’s chief creative officer Donatella Versace were celebrating two decades of their professional relationship by collaborating on the brand’s spring/summer 2020 advertising campaign. “I am so excited I can finally reveal that I am the face of the #VersaceSS20 campaign!” she wrote alongside multiple shots from the campaign. “Thank you to @Donatella_Versace and everyone at @Versace for your vision and collaboration.”

The fashion house shared many of the same images to its Instagram page, as well.

“The new #VersaceSS20 advertising campaign features long-time friend of the House @jlo who surprised the audience and broke the internet closing the runway show in an iteration of the iconic Jungle print dress,” an Instagram post read, referring to the pop star’s appearance at Milan Fashion Week last fall in which she donned a dress reminiscent of the one which she wore to the 2000 Grammy Awards.

Versace later said, “The new #VersaceSS20 campaign is a provocation on the power of the internet and its vessels for voyeurism.”

Both the singer and the brand, shared pictures from the futuristic campaign, which was shot by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, and showed her posing in various designs in a glass box featuring holograms of a computer keyboard on the walls. She can be seen modelling a new spin on the jungle print design – a plunging jumpsuit with matching blazer – as well as a red minidress and a midriff-baring black number.

J.Lo has worked closely with Versace because of the power the brand bestows upon women.

“To me, Versace represents empowerment and putting something beautiful out into the world,” she explained in a statement. “It’s a dream to collaborate with my friend Donatella again on this gorgeous campaign.”

Donatella posted various images on Instagram and described her longtime friend as “simply breathtaking” and “stunning”.

“Thank you so much Jennifer for taking part in this project… Love you! #VersaceSS20 #Campaign #JLo @jlo,” the designer wrote.

J.Lo, who’s performing at the Super Bowl halftime show next month, spoke about her iconic green Versace dress while hosting “Saturday Night Live” in December.

“I walked the runway at Milan for the first time wearing a dress I wore 20 years ago,” she said. “Now some people said I look better now than I did then, and I’m not bragging — that’s just, you know, gossip.” She ended her appearance on the talk show with a music number during which she wore the same iconic dress.

The campaign, which also features Kendall Jenner, comes amid a successful—yet controversial—period in Jennifer’s career.

She is currently hitting the awards season circuit for her performance in Hustlers and is preparing to perform at the Super Bowl Halftime Show with Shakira in February. JLo’s Oscar buzz was just shut down just last week, after the Academy announced their nominees —and Lopez wasn’t one of them. And best believe her fans and fellow celebrities took to the internet to express their anger.

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After Haters Came For The Harry Styles Vogue Cover, AOC Is Rushing To His Defense

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After Haters Came For The Harry Styles Vogue Cover, AOC Is Rushing To His Defense

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Few people have faced as much criticism for such ridiculous things as has Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. She’s even come under fire herself for a magazine cover. So it made sense when she reached out to Harry Styles over the weekend to tell him not to worry about the controversy over his recent Vogue cover.

AOC just recently faced a similar situation, when she received backlash over an expensive loaner suit she wore on the cover of Vanity Fair. So she was speaking from experience when she took to her Instagram Stories to take questions from her followers and offer up her take on all the brewing drama over Harry in a dress on the cover of Vogue.

Harry Styles appeared in Vogue while wearing a dress and the Internet took notice.

It was just week that the world was blessed with another history-making Vogue cover. For the first time ever in the magazine’s 127 year history, the cover featured a solo male. And it wasn’t just any male…it was pop star Harry Styles.

Inside the magazine, we were given more incredible images of Harry Styles in a big dress and, of course, controversy ensued. The pop star had just become the first man ever to cover Vogue all on his own, styled in a Gucci gown and shot by photographer Tyler Mitchell for the occasion. The accompanying profile discussed Harry’s love of clothing and general disregard for gendering garments.

Overall, the response seemed positive – with many celebrating his embrace of a more fluid future and the production of the images. But many conservative voices came out against the shoot, with firebrand Candace Owens taking the chance to complain about the cultural demise of “manly men.”

Now, even New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has waded into the fray. For the record, she thinks he looks hot.

But Rep. AOC was quick to defend the singer and assured him that “it looked bomb.”

Having faced her own drama related to magazine covers, AOC can be considered a bit of an expert on the matter. So it was no surprise when she took to her Instagram Stories over the weekend and spoke up about the Styles’ Vogue drama.

Her Instagram followers got right to the point: “What do you think abt Harry Styles wearing a dress on the cover of Vogue?” To which the Congresswoman replied, per Harper’s Bazaar: “It looks wonderful. The masculine and the feminine elements are balanced beautifully — the hair and jacket styling give me James Dean vibes too.”

“Some people are mad at it bc some folks are very sensitive to examining and exploring gender roles in society. Perhaps for some people it provokes some anger or insecurity around masculinity/femininity/etc. If it does, then maybe that’s part of the point. Sit with that reaction and think about it, examine it, explore it, engage it, and grow with it,” she added.

She then went a little deeper and examined the meaning behind creativity and art, asking “What’s the point of creating things if they don’t make people think? Or feel or reflect? Especially as an artist or creative? Who wants to see the same things all the time? And never explore their assumptions?”

“Anyways it looks bomb so,” she concluded with a shrug emoji. 

A lot of other celebs, and Harry’s mum, agreed with AOC, with everyone from Sara Bareilles to Olivia Wilde, Elijah Wood, Kathy Griffin and others posting praise for the singer for once again pointing out that strictly defined, traditional gender roles are merely a social construct.

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Cardi B Claps Back at Haters Who Say She Shouldn’t Have Won Billboard’s ‘Woman of the Year’ Title

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Cardi B Claps Back at Haters Who Say She Shouldn’t Have Won Billboard’s ‘Woman of the Year’ Title

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Cardi B knows her worth and doesn’t have time for the haters. On Wednesday, Billboard announced that they crowned Cardi B “Woman of the Year”–an honor they bestow annually on a female artist who dominates the pop culture scene. As reference, last year, the award was given to Billie Eilish.

But with the chart-topping, record-smashing success of “WAP,” Billboard had pretty much no other choice but to give the title to none other than our Dominican-Trinidadian Queen, Cardi B, this year.

But not everyone was so happy about. A few bitter critics took to the internet to complain about the usual stuff: Cardi’s contributions to music this year, and her being a polarizing figure in general.

“Cardi B sets women back hundreds years,” wrote one particularly bitter Twitter user. “She objectifies women’s bodies as ‘machines’ made solely for sex. The English-level used is shameful. I wouldn’t want my kids to listen to any of that crap.”

So on Wednesday, Cardi took her Instagram to serve her haters a hefty serving of humble pie.

“Morning y’all, it’s your girl Cardi B,” she greeted her audience, bare-faced, her hair wrapped in a scarf, dressed in a floral robe. “And yes, I am Woman of the Year.” And it just got more hilarious from there.

“And for you crybabies like, ‘But she only got one song!’ Yeah, I got that song, b—h. You know, the one that sold the most? The one that streamed the most? The one that had Republicans crying on Fox News about it. The one that have a song that’s about to be six times platinum in three months. The one that had your grandma popping her p—y on TikTok. Yeah b—h, that one.”

As Cardi continued to spit facts, she then took the opportunity to highlight her political activism this year–a brand of activism that kept her younger fans both entertained and, more importantly, engaged.

“For over a year, I’ve been influencing and using my platform for y’all to vote, not just for when Joe Biden was going against Trump,” she added. “I’ve been informing y’all about y’all’s senators, midterm elections, using my money to meet up with these candidates like Bernie. Flying out, tired after shows. Yeah, that’s me, b—h.”

Never one to take un-founded criticism lying down, she continued her tirade against ill-informed haters. “Even when y’all’s crying like, ‘But she don’t represent us!’ Yes I do, b—h. I represent America,” she paused for emphasis here.

“I wanted a change, and that’s exactly what the f–k I did,” she said. She then concluded the video: “And eat it up. I’m just that b—h. Eat it up with a spoon so y’all can get a mouthful.”

Cardi B never fails to keep us fully entertained. The annual Billboard’s Women in Music event will be held on December 10th. As a side note, Jennifer Lopez will also be receiving Billboard’s Icon Award.

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