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J.Lo’s Iconic Versace Dress Was Googled So Much When She Wore It In 2000 Google Created ‘Google Images’

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Who can forget the dress that shot Jennifer Lopez into the fashion Goddess stratosphere overnight? That miraculous jungle green, palm print gown made of chiffon,  held in place by the power of Zeus. It was a lightning strike moment in February of 2000 when J.Lo appeared with Sean Combs on the red carpet of the Grammys.  It was a moment that made pop culture history.  The Council of Fashion Designers, CFDA, has announced that they will honor Lopez with the Fashion Icon Award on June 3rd.

Hearing the news, the Jenny from the Block singer was quick to go on youtube for a video titled “Moments in Fashion:  The Versace Dress” and gush about the dress, her friendship to Luigi Massi, and to tell of the night she became a fashion icon.  

Here are 20 facts you didn’t know about that amazing Versace dress.

1.    Mucho Dinero

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In 2000, the Versace gown would set you back $15,000 dollars.  The dress was made from silk chiffon and clasped together several inches below the navel with a brooch.  That brooch and under garment were covered in citrine crystals.

2.    She’s Still Got It.

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In a video diary she did with People magazine four year ago Lopez revealed that she still has the dress on a mannequin in her walk-in closet.

3.    Her Parents Were Shocked but Supportive.

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One thing you might have been wondering is what her parents were thinking when she chose that dress.  On an episode of Oprah back in 2002, J.Lo and her mother gave an interview talking about mom and dad’s reaction to the dress.  J.Lo’s mother was in shock but supportive.  “My first impression was “Oh my God!”  She told the audience.  J.Lo’s father wanted her to wear something more covered up.  In the end, both chose to be supportive of their daughter’s daring fashion choice.

4.    Was She Going to Fall Out?

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While everyone held their breath waiting for an epic wardrobe malfunction, J.Lo was totally chill.  Why? Double sided tape.  “I was so securely stuck into that thing,” Lopez said in her youtube video. “There was going to be no mishaps.”

5.    It Stole the Show.

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The moment she walked on stage with David Duchovny to present the award for Best R&B Album, the crowd stood up and applauded.  A standing ovation for a dress?  Yaaaaaas!

6.    Fourth Time’s the Charm.

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It was not the first time the dress had been worn in public.  It was first worn by Donatella Versace herself, then by model Amber Valletta for its runway debut.  Then it was worn by Ginger Spice, Geri Halliwell a month before Lopez would wear it and make it famous.

7.  And the Dress Almost Didn’t Even Happen!

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J.Lo’s stylist wanted her to pass on the Versace dress.  It had been worn out three times already and she wanted her to wear something new.  But the dress fitting took place the day of the Grammy’s  while J.Lo was filming “The Wedding Planner” and there was no time to fuss.  It was literally a last minute decision.

8.    Barely Any Red Carpet Time

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You would think with all the photos we see of J.Lo smiling for the paparazzi that she had hours to stand around posing on the red carpet, but actually she was running late.  She was the first presenter of the night so she had to rush the red carpet to meet her fellow presenter David Duchovny backstage.

9.  J.Lo is Responsible for Google Images?

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Eric Schmidt, President of Google said in a 2015 interview, that J.Lo’s dress was the most searched term in google’s history up to that point. The high demand drove google to create a search engine that showed photo results instead of text.  It was then named Google Images.  

10.  Mega Downloads

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The only way you could see images of J.Lo’s fabulous frock that night in 2000 was to download it directly from the Grammy website.  In the 24 hours following the awards show, it  was downloaded 642,917 times.

11.    J.Lo Overshadowed Santana

While J.Lo didn’t win the award she was nominated for, she did win for most press coverage.  The next morning she was on the cover of newspapers across the country.  She said in her youtube video that she had a massive picture on the cover of the LA times and in a small box on the bottom of the page was a picture of Santana who had won 11 Grammys the night before.

12.    It Saved a Fashion House.

Donatella Versace was at a turning point in her career.  Gianni Versace had passed away in 1997 and Donatella was struggling to find her own voice within the fashion house.  It was that moment when J.Lo made the dress infamous that the House of Versace was reborn.

13.    Not Her First Fashion Award 

The award she will get from the CFDA this June is just one of many awards she has received for her iconic style.  In 2002, the VH1 Vogue Fashion Awards named J.Lo the most influential star of the year and the award was presented to Lopez by Donatella herself.

14.    The Trey Parker Parody

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The following month, Trey Parker, creator of South Park and the musical The Book of Mormon, went to the Academy Awards and wore a copy of J.Lo’s dress on the red carpet. Making the dress a show stealer twice!

15.    Ellen Wore It, too.

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Ellen crashed J.Lo’s Las Vegas show “Jennifer Lopez: All I Have” in 2017 wearing the green dress, and a busty body suit.  J.Lo laughed it off, but Ellen persisted that she should be J.Lo’s understudy and began to order the people backstage around.

16.    Pretty Affordable Copy 

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Online fashion retailer PrettyLittleThing sold an almost exact copy of the dress on their online store for a mere $50 back in 2015. 

17.    Ebay Has You Covered

Another way to get the dress is to find a used Versace for sale on resale sites.  Prices range from $2000 to $7000 dollars.  

18.    Deja Vu

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J.Lo recreated her legendary look for a 2015 concert in her home neighborhood of the Bronx.  She came out in a slightly altered bodysuit and fishnets.  The pattern and the plunging neckline were still represented.

19.    The Co-Designer was Luigi Massi.

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Luigi Massi was Donatella Versace’s right hand man and he had a hand in tailoring many of J.Lo’s looks over the last 20 years including that palm print gown.  J.Lo cried when speaking about him in her youtube video because he had passed away a few weeks ago.  “He couldn’t speak English, and I couldn’t speak Italian but we always understood each other.  We had such fun working together for 20 years.”

20.     J.Lo Thought About Selling the Dress

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In a 2000 Documentary for MTV Lopez tells the camera in a confessional moment that she was thinking of selling the dress to Planet Hollywood and giving the proceeds to charity. She then went on to say “I can’t go to sleep with my Grammy dress every night.”

Latinas Have Always Pushed The Envelope When It Comes To The Acrylic Nails Game

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Latinas Have Always Pushed The Envelope When It Comes To The Acrylic Nails Game

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Acrylic nails have been a long-time fashion staple. Many of us have those early memories of a tía, a vecina, mom, etc., rocking the long red nails. Today, fake nails are not just a passing fad, but they have become an essential part of pop-culture, wearable art. Most famously, Cardi B (who has worn acrylics since before she was famous and has remained loyal to her same nail artist Jenny Bui) is one of the celebrities that has captivated the world which her famous “sets” which, no doubt, has inspired millions of fans.

Acrylic nails have always and will continue to be a woman’s strongest style accessory.

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One of the most iconic sets is part of a special exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art. Back in the 90s, Lil Kim (the original Queen Bee) asked her manicurist – celebrity nail artist Bernadette Thompson – to add something different to the nail design for a photoshoot for the Junior M.A.F.I.A. single “Get Money.” Thinking on her feet, Thompson cut up a dollar bill and…the rest is history. Thompson is credited with moving nail art into the world of high fashion since she often had to fight against editors of Vogue, and other big-name fashion magazines, to feature the nail designs worn by the artist.

They can tell any story you want and make any statement you can imagine.

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However, acrylics have been here long before celebrities and Instagram. One of the most famous manicures has even held Olympic gold, thanks to Hall of Famer, Florence Griffith Joyner. “Flo Jo” – still considered the fastest women in history – not only was she an iconic Olympian, but she was also known for her distinctive fierce style and nails.

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If we look at the history of nail art, India is the first to put color on the map in 5000 B.C. and are credited with being the ones to dip fingertips in red henna, a practice which is still seen today.

Different cultures across the world have incorporated acrylic nails.

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But where did the concept of acrylic nails come from? The earliest traces can be found somewhere around 3000 B.C between Egypt and China. We can thank ancient Egyptians for almost every aspect of the beauty and cosmetics that we use today. They also introduced the notion of associating red with power and nobility. Noblemen and women would use berries to add red hues to their nails and if anyone from the lower class was caught with red nails, they were put to death. It is believed that the ancient royal Egyptians used ivory, gold, and bone to create extensions of their nails. Shorter nails implied that you needed your hands available to work, therefore, longer nails became a symbol of status, wealth and non-laboring hands.

Around the same time period, the ancient Chinese were the first to make a “permanent color stain” that would taint nails the same as nail polish does today. Here is also where we have the closest example to modern-day acrylics. The earliest dynasties created elaborate “fingernail guards” which gave the appearance of exaggerated long nails. The nail extensions were made of gold and precious gems; and as with the ancient Egyptians, long nails became a symbol of a someone that did not need their hands free for manual labor and therefore became a symbol of the ruling class. The ornate nails were usually worn on one hand, covering each finger (except the thumb) and only the most elite wore fingernail guards on both hands.

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In both Egypt and China, higher-ranking men and kings also sported the acrylics and nail polish. When King Tut’s tomb was discovered in 1922, among his treasures they found the royal red nail coloring still in a sealed bottle, and the paint was still good.

Ancient Greece also got in on early acrylic nails. They believed in the healing energy of the moon and favored the appearance of moon shape nails. Greek women would place pistachio nut shells over their nails and in order to give a pleasing round appearance.

In South America, the Incas of Peru, are said to have been the first to have actually created nail art, by adding a decorative element – an eagle – to their nails.

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Over time, artificial nails were slowly making their way throughout Europe and eventually made their way across the ocean.

In 1934, Dr. Maxwell Lappe – a dentist from Chicago – was working on a remedy to help his patients who bit their nails. Mixing two dental acrylic products – liquid and powder – he created Nu Nails. The mixture was thick and heavy, meant to create a hard nail protective covering.

However, these are the first official artificial nails documented in modern history.

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During the 1930s, starlets –  like Greta Garbo –  often tried to create their own “nail extensions” by wrapping foil around their fingers and then painting the foil red.

In 1957, twenty years after Nu Nails, another dentist – Dr. Frederick Slack – made a breakthrough. As the story goes, he broke his own nail and in order to create a temporary fix, he used dental acrylic and aluminum foil, and accidentally invented the first sculpted acrylic nail. The Slack family went on launch the modern acrylic nail industry and has since created several innovative products, including the first non-yellowing bonding formula, which is still used today.

The nail game is constantly growing and evolving.  Today, we are in an acrylic boom again, nails are not only a part of our fashion, but they can also be part of the larger conversation.

Your set can reflect your politics, religion, heritage etc.

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Acrylic nails and nail art aren’t going anywhere, they have been here since the days of B.C. and will most likely continue to always be part of our human story. Although women of color in the United States are often chastised for wearing long and elaborate nails, it has never stopped us from doing so, nor should it. We are walking in the traditions of ancient royals and nobility – men and women – so continue to hold your head high, pick your colors, add some bling and don’t be shy; tú dale, and make the ancient world proud…live boldly.

READ: Cardi B’s Blinged Out Nails Have Inspired Reebok New Dazzling Limited-Edition Shoe

Concha Skincare Products That Are Better than A Concha

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Concha Skincare Products That Are Better than A Concha

Conchas hold a special place in our hearts. That soft, sweet bread perfect with cafecito or just as a snack has become one of the Latinidad’s most beloved foods. However, it’s not just our love of eating this pan dulce that has launched it to popularity. Its recognizable shape, scent and flavor has made it the versatile subject of many accessories. Namely, it’s found its way into our favorite body care items. 

Whether it’s a sweet scented concha candle or some concha lip gloss, we love these items. Get ready to add a few of these to your own collection as you check out some of the best concha-themed body care products there are. 

1. Concha Bath Bomb

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Loquita Bath and Body is a California-based company that specializes in Latinx and 90’s nostalgia bath products. They’re the company that gave us the famous concha bath bomb. Their concha bath bomb comes in a variety of scents like a chocolate concha, a unicorn concha, a pink concha, and a zombia concha. Drop one of these in your tub and your bathroom will soon smell like the local panderia. 

2. Concha Bath Sponge

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Are you in the need for some exfoliation to get your skin to it’s very smoothest and softest? Use this concha bath sponge with your favorite body wash or bath butter and your skin will soon be as sweet as the pan dulce that inspired this product. 

3. Concha Body Oil

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If your looking for that final touch before you leave the house, this concha body oil is for you. Spray a fine mist onto your skin and hair and get ready to shimmer like the star you are. It also has the added benefit of a fresh-baked pan dulce scent. 

4. Concha Sugar Scrub

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Your skin should be as moisturized as a piece of tres leches. With Loquita’s Concha Sugar Scrub, it will achieve just that effect. You’ll be just as soft as the fresh and delicious concha that you’ll smell like. 

5. Self Conchas Pouch

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All these concha-inspired body care products need their own place of honor. Stay with the theme by choosing the Mitu Shop’s “Don’t Be Self Conchas” pouch. It’s perfect for toting all your concha-themed goodness wherever you may go. 

6. Concha Lips

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The iconic pink of a fresh-baked concha now makes for the perfect lip color. A luscious pink liquid lipstick, this concha-inspired formula is long-lasting and will leave your lips looking yummy.

7. Concha Bubble Bar

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Beaugrimebaby is another California-based bath and beauty company. They have their own take on concha body care with their concha bubble bar. Available in five scents Cafe con Leche, Agua De Coco, Minty Pan, Rosa Salvaje, and Strawberry the bars bubble up into an incredibly fragrant bubble bath cocktail.

8. Pan Dulce Headband

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Before you enjoy some much needed TLC, you gotta get yourself ready. Keep your hair away from your face with this pan dulce printed headband and get ready for a facial, sugar scrub, face mask or whatever pampering you’re into.

9. Stay Golden Heart Concha Soap

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EmviBeauty is a Latina-owned bath, beauty and skincare brand from Etsy. Their “Stay Golden Heart Concha Soap” is cruelty-free and vegan. The heart-shaped bar is a blend of fresh almonds, oatmeal, honey, caramelized brown sugar, ripe fig and a touch of musk. 

10. Concha Compact Mirror

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LizasBoutique is an LA-based Etsy shop that creates unique Latinx-themed jewelry and accessories. Their concha-inspired hand mirror is an adorable and useful addition to your makeup bag.  

11. Concha Candle

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Oh Comadre is a Latina-owned California candle shop. Each scent is lovingly crafted to inspire nostalgia. Their concha candle will make you feel like you just stepped into a cozy bakery. Light this before you use a concha bath bomb or body butter for a super sweet combo.  

12. Chocolate Concha Lip Balm

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If you want that concha taste and concha softness, try Loquita’s Chocolate or Vanilla concha lip balms. Nix your petroleum-based lip balms and try this beeswax, sweet almond oil, cocoa butter and castor oil formula for the ultimate in softness. 

13. Concha Lip Scrub

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Get your lips kiss-ready with a concha-flavored lip scrub. The brown sugar crystals will exfoliate your lips and get your pout ready for whatever the day might bring. 

14. Concha Whipped Soap

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Whipped soap offers moisturizer and a gorgeous scent in a product as luxurious as your skin regiment should be. Use your concha-themed body sponge with this whipped soap in the shower and you’ll come out positively smooth and glowing.