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From Madonna To Salma Hayek, JLo Threw Some Serious Shade In This Interview From 1998 That’s Now Going Viral

It seems like J.Lo is everywhere right now. She hit the runway for Versace at Milan Fashion-week wearing the infamous leaf-print dress she wore to the Grammys in 2000 —nearly 20 years ago— which famously led to the creation of Google’s image search function. The 50-year old multi-hyphenate artist is earning the best reviews of her career for playing a stripper turned criminal mastermind in the film “Hustlers” which she also produced. More recently we found out that Jenny from the Block has been confirmed as headliner for the 2020 Super Bowl half-time show next to fellow Latina pop star; Shakira.

But amid the Oscars buzz the actor is getting for her role in Hustlers, a legendary shady interview of then rising-star Jennifer Lopez with Movieline in 1998 has resurfaced.

The extensive interview published by Movieline has now been re-visited over twenty years later. After Twitter user Jason Chen posted screenshots of it last week, the pop star’s very unfiltered thoughts on fellow actresses have gone viral on the social platform. In the interview, J.Lo discussed being at what she called “the bottom of the A-list of actresses,” and shared her [shady] thoughts on some of the other lady actors who were also at the height of fame around the same time, actors like; like Gwyneth Paltrow, Winona Ryder, Salma Hayek and more…many more were at the center of Jennifer Lopez’s very unfiltered thoughts. 

“I’m the best,” she said in the interview, ““If you have the goods, there’s nothing to be afraid of. 

The interview which turned into a straight up roast, took place when she was 27 and was full of what she called “stardom glow” after the New Yorker’s success with “Selena” and “Anaconda. “I’m the best,” she said in the interview which she famously gave poolside, while wearing a bikini, “If you have the goods, there’s nothing to be afraid of. If somebody doesn’t have the goods, they’re insecure. I don’t have that problem. I’m not the best actress that ever lived, but I know I’m pretty good.”

Get ready for some tea spillage because we broke down the infamous interview to give you the most shady opinions Jennifer Lopez had to give back in 1998:

Salma Hayek

“We’re in two different realms. She’s a sexy bombshell and those are the kinds of roles she does,” she said shadily dismissing Hayek’s acting career. “I do all kinds of different things. It makes me laugh when she says she got offered Selena, which was an outright lie. If that’s what she does to get herself publicity, then that’s her thing. Columbia offered me the choice of Fools Rush In or Anaconda, but I chose the fun B-movie because the Fools script wasn’t strong enough.”

Gwyneth Paltrow

Turns out, Jennifer Lopez is the original “I don’t know her.” While Mariah’s legendary shade of J.Lo in 2016 sent the internet into a meme frenzy, it looks like Lopez was the original shade queen, trolling another actor decades before. “Tell me what she’s been in? I swear to God, I don’t remember anything she was in. Some people get hot by association. I heard more about her and Brad Pitt than I ever heard about her work.” —Mind you, a year later in 1999, Paltrow would take home the Best Actress Oscar for her work in Shakespeare in Love.

Winona Ryder

About the lauded actress —who by this time already had two Academy Award nominations on her back— Lopez said: “In Hollywood she’s revered, she gets nominated for Oscars, but I’ve never heard anyone in the public or among my friends say, ‘Oh, I love her.’ She went on to sublty drag Winona saying: “She’s cute and talented, though, and I’d like her just for looking like my older sister, Leslie.”

Cameron Diaz

When asked about Cameron Diaz, this is what J.Lo had to say: “A lucky model who’s been given a lot of opportunities I just wish she would have done more,”after the roast, she tried to say something nice…it didn’t work: “She’s beautiful and has a great presence, though, and in My Best Friend’s Wedding, I thought, ‘When directed, she can be good.’” —ouch.

Madonna

Oh yes, you best believe the tea doesn’t end there. J.Lo went as far as to diss the Queen of Pop, Madonna, herself.“Do I think she’s a great performer? Yeah. Do I think she’s a great actress? No,” she said. “Acting is what I do, so I’m harder on people when they say, ‘Oh, I can do that — I can act.’ I’m like, ‘Hey, don’t spit on my craft.’ ”

Clair Danes

Claire didn’t make it out unscathed. The starlet who at the time had gained massive notoriety after starring in Baz Luhrman’s Romeo + Juliet, was also a victim of J.Lo’s thoughts: “I feel like I see a lot of the same thing with every character she does. She’s not that way in U-Turn, though.”

Years later J. Lo confessed that she regretted her words and “cried for hours” after reading it. 

Lopez famously regretted the interview and declared that her words were “missquoted” and “taken out of context.” She reportedly “cried for hours” after reading it: “I was so misquoted and so taken out of context, and it’s a sore subject for me,” Lopez told Vanity Fair in 2001. “I don’t like to hurt anybody. I don’t like to hurt their feelings. I like to joke, so I do that sometimes. What they wrote in that article hurt people.

More recently, she talked about the infamous piece with NPR just last year, stating that she was regretful about those words because she “was a nobody at the time”. “And so when I look back at it now, I go, ‘You know I never wanted to hurt anybody.’ I didn’t.”

These Clips Shine A Light On Shade From The Pussycat Dolls’ Past

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These Clips Shine A Light On Shade From The Pussycat Dolls’ Past

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It’s hard to imagine the 2000s without the Pussycat Dolls. Not only were their hit singles “Dontcha,” “Buttons,” and “Stickwitu”—all from their 2005 debut album PCD—bangers all over the world, but the group quickly became something of a small empire, touching everything from reality TV to commercial merchandise. They topped the charts worldwide, earned several award nominations (including a Grammy nod), and are ranked as one of the best-selling girl groups of all time. And although they experienced a great amount of success over a relatively short time (they eventually broke up in 2010), the Pussycat Dolls were marred by some serious internal drama that made even their best years a little less sparkly.

The main reason for their conflict was the excessive attention paid to lead vocalist Nicole Scherzinger.

Of the five Pussycat Dolls, there were two vocalists: Scherzinger and Melody Thornton. Scherzinger has admitted to singing 95% of the vocals during the Dolls’ heyday, even going to so far as to say that the other members of the group didn’t hear the tracks until they were finished. While Thornton did contribute to background vocals as a Doll, she never had a chance to sing lead. Years of frustration over this inequity ended up culminating in a pretty uncomfortable moment performing the bop “Dontcha”:

As you can see, Thornton clearly went off-script in this performance, taking advantage of the opportunity to finally step into the spotlight. There’s no doubt that the girl can sing, but Scherzinger was not impressed. The shade, though!

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And this wasn’t the only time Thornton’s off-the-cuff solos made things awkward. Take this example from the 2006 American Music Awards (skip to 2:50 for her surprise ad-lib appearance onstage):

Earlier this year, Thornton told the UK’s Daily Mirror that she secretly went to therapy for low self-esteem during her time with the Dolls, and that it took many years for her to overcome her negative experiences with the group.

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“I lost so much confidence and felt really worthless. Because it was pointed out, over and over again, that I was the weakest link in the group,” said Thornton. ”I had never felt insecure until I joined the Pussycat Dolls.”

Over the years, other Dolls have also complained about the overemphasis on Scherzinger. As a contestant on season 12 of I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!, Ashley Roberts said, “Even in the group, I wasn’t allowed to talk. We were told to be quiet—only Nicole was allowed to talk. We would occasionally pitch in.” Roberts confirmed that nothing in the group was split evenly, adding, “Why do you think the band broke up?”

But after almost a decade apart, and in spite of all the tea that’s been spilled, the Pussycat Dolls are back, baby!

Well, more or less. On Saturday’s episode of the UK’s X Factor: Celebrity, the newly reunited Pussycat Dolls performed a medley of their most popular songs, offering a sneak peek into an upcoming UK reunion tour. Whether surprising or not, several people served some serious criticism of the performance, conceding that while the choreography was stellar, there still seems to be too much of a focus on Scherzinger. Perhaps that’s because Thornton, as the Dolls’ only other vocalist, will not be joining them for the tour.

No, it’s not because Thornton has held a decade-long grudge against Scherzinger—in fact, neither Thornton nor any of the other girls have ever been angry at Scherzinger for the disequilibrium of the group. Instead, Thornton took issue with the label, Interscope Records, and the way the group was managed. Still, she insists that she has no bad feelings toward Scherzinger or Robin Antin, who founded the group back in 1995 when it began as a burlesque troupe.

“People would assume that I was so mad at Nicole because she sang and I didn’t. Well, no. That was her dream and it was coming true for her. I just wanted it for myself too,” said Thornton. “I wanted the best for everyone. I’m a phenomenal vocalist, you just never heard it. But it wasn’t Nicole’s fault.”

Both Robin Antin and Ashley Roberts insist that Thornton’s past difficulties with the group are not the reason for her absence from the 2020 reunion tour, which will reunite Roberts and Scherzinger with group members Carmit Bachar, Jessica Sutta, and Kimberly Wyatt.

“She was included in all of this. She’s our sister, and the door is always open, but it just wasn’t the right timing for her right now,” Roberts told the BBC. “We wish her well.”

Versace Is Hitting Fashion Nova With A Lawsuit For Copying Their Iconic ‘Jungle Dress’ Famously Worn By J.Lo

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Versace Is Hitting Fashion Nova With A Lawsuit For Copying Their Iconic ‘Jungle Dress’ Famously Worn By J.Lo

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The jungle dress, famously worn by Jennifer Lopez to the Grammy awards in 2000 has just been knocked off by e-tailer, Fashion Nova—and it’s safe to say that this isn’t by far the first time the online store has been accused of copying. But on this occasion, the Italian fashion house was not having it. Here’s all the tea. 

The design famously worn by J.Lo at the Grammy Awards in 2000, was the reason why Google invented an image search option.

The dress has in fact become a sort of evergreen search for Google. Almost twenty years later, “People are still doing queries for ‘Jennifer Lopez green dress,’ ‘Jennifer Lopez jungle print dress,’ ‘Jennifer Lopez Grammys dress,’ [that] sort of thing,” said Cathy Edwards, director of engineering and product for Google Images.

Versace is hitting Fashion Nova with a lawsuit.

The Italian luxury label is suing online retailer Fashion Nova for copying its iconic green leaf-printed design. But it turns out, that the iconic “jungle dress” isn’t the only design that got Fashion Nova in trouble.

More of Versace’s iconic prints have been knocked off by Fashion Nova.

Alongside the Jungle Print, Versace has also taken legal action against Fashion Nova’s use of its black and gold Barocco design and its Pop Hearts design. Despite all three prints being copyrighted, the fast-fashion label has manufactured and sold remarkably similar versions on its own products.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the lawsuit states that: “Fashion Nova’s ability to churn out new clothing so quickly is due in large part to its willingness to copy the copyrighted designs, trademarks and trade dress elements of well-known designers such as Versace, and trade on their creative efforts in order to bolster Fashion Nova’s bottom line.”

“Fashion Nova’s Infringing Apparel is plainly a deliberate effort to exploit the popularity and renown of Versace’s signature designs, and to trade on Versace’s valuable goodwill and business reputation.”

“Versace seeks to bring an end to Fashion Nova’s latest brazen attempt at copying the work of yet another famous and world-renowned designer.”

J.Lo then wore an updated version of the dress nearly 20 years later to close Versace’s spring/summer 2020 show during Milan Fashion Week.

Just this year, the pop star from the Bronx, hit the runway for Versace at Milan Fashion-week wearing the infamous leaf-print dress nearly 20 years later —and still slayed everyone in attendance with her toned body and godlike runway walk.

But this isn’t the first time Fashion Nova’s been called out for plagiarism.

Fashion Nova has previously been called out for copying designers; Kim Kardashian West criticized the brand for replicating her vintage Thierry Mugler gown, she even took to twitter to share her stance.

Instagram’s annointed fashion police, Diet Prada, has called out Fashion Nova many times —but on this particular scandal, they put Kim K on blast too.

DP argue that Kardashian has some sort of dealings with bargain fashion emporium Fashion Nova, after a rip-off of her archive Mugler gown appeared on the site. While this is nothing new for the “ultra-fast fashion” retailer, the images on the site are allegedly time stamped hours before she first wore the Mugler out in public —they even have a highlight on their Instagram page detailing the whole thing.