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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.”

As El Chapo Got Sentenced To Life In Prison, His Daughter Launched A Clothing Line Based Off The Drug Lord And People Cannot Wait To Drop Money On This

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As El Chapo Got Sentenced To Life In Prison, His Daughter Launched A Clothing Line Based Off The Drug Lord And People Cannot Wait To Drop Money On This

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It’s been a tumultuous week for drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. On Wednesday, Guzman was sentenced to life in prison plus 30 years and was ordered to pay $12.6 billion in forfeiture. But on that same day, Alejandrina Gisselle Guzman Salazar, one of Guzman’s ten children, was in the midst of officially launching her new clothing line named after her father, El Chapo 701.

El Chapo’s daughter is starting a clothing line in Mexico that is based heavily off the legacy and lore surrounding him.

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The brand-new fashion line made it’s debut at the Intermoda fashion show in Guadalajara this week and is making headlines for its inspiration. Alejandrina Guzman named the brand “El Chapo 701” as a reference to Forbes naming her father the 701st richest person in the world back in 2009. 

The clothing line sells items such as T-shirts, belts, purses, and jackets all adorned with imagery of Guzman and the 701 logo. According to the Mexico Daily News, many of the products that were on display in Guadalajara were made by prison inmates at the Puente Grande prison in Jalisco where Guzman managed to escape from in 2001 out of a laundry cart. The proceeds from sales will reportedly go to helping people in need and assist in the reintegration of inmates back into society.

“In the entire world, he is known as the CEO of Sinaloa or the Lord of the Mountains. He is the unique and legendary 701,” the brands website says.

Products prices range from $35 for shirts to $100 for belts and jackets. 

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Whether it’s ties, leather wallets, and boots, El Chapo 701 has managed to produce a wide variety of items for the El Chapo enthusiast in your family. Many of the items reportedly sold out very quickly at the Intermoda fashion show amidst growing buzz for the recently incarcerated Guzman. 

But there is already a competing El Chapo brand that is being released. That company has the consent and approval of Guzman and is being headed by his wife. 

Back in March, Guzman had reportedly signed a contract from prison granting rights for his name and likenesses to a company headed by his wife, Emma Coronel. The company is called El Chapo Guzman and just saw it’s first clothing drop last week. The ex-drug lord will not have any role or say in Coronel’s company. 

“I’m very excited to start this project, which was based on ideas and concepts that my husband and I had years ago,” Coronel told CNN, adding that the line will be dedicated to their twin daughters.

Reaction to the El Chapo clothing brand has been quite interesting online as some are praising his daughter for her entrepreneurship skills.

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Some people online are looking at the brand launch in a more positive way. One user said “You gotta understand Our people are hustlers. The hustle never stops! YEEE!!! Plus it’s simply supply and demand WHY U MAD HE CAUGHT ALREADY”

Guzman has been viewed differently by various people since his rise to Robin Hood-like reputation in Mexico. He would often give back to the many poor communities in Sinaloa, Mexico making him a beloved figure to many there. But that legacy is mixed to others as Guzman became a drug lord and kingpin for drug cartels in the ’80s and ’90s. 

While the 62-year-old Guzman gets ready to spend the rest of his life behind bars, there is a growing market for brand and name. With nearly 9K followers on Instagram, Alejandrina Guzman has a well-established social media presence for her fashion brand and will no doubt be fueling this popularity behind El Chapo. 

“There are people who give us a lot of support, who like it, who buy things and come from other places to distribute our products,” Adriana Ituarte, a sales representative for the brand told Mexico News Daily. “But there are some people who criticize us, who say we are promoting a drug trafficker.”

READ: El Chapo Will Spend The Rest Of His Life Behind Bars But It’s What He Told The Judge That Everyone Is Talking About

Just When You Thought The Fashion Industry Didn’t Need To Learn More Lessons About Tone Deafness, Chanel Did This

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Just When You Thought The Fashion Industry Didn’t Need To Learn More Lessons About Tone Deafness, Chanel Did This

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Like many major institutions, the Fashion Industry has been accused in the past of gatekeeping and breeding a lack of diversity in its designers, models, and photographers. This lack of variety in the stories told by the industry has resulted in more than a few controversies in the recent past for some of the biggest names in fashion.

Brands like Gucci, Prada, and H&M have all seen major backlash after featuring products that were more than a little racist. Back in December of 2018, it was Prada with their Golliwog-like figures displayed in the windows of their SoHo boutique. Then there was H&M and their online page featuring a young, black child wearing a shirt that had the word monkey on it. Less than a month later it was Gucci in February 2019, with their sweater that — when pulled up — had the dark features and red lips of a blackface character.

These controversies caused more than a little public outcry when they happened. Either because of these instances or because they realized it was way past time, all three of these company’s created some sort of position to encourage diversity and inclusion in their organizations.

Now, it seems that Chanel has done the same but their hire has a major difference than others in the industry.

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Earlier this month, Fiona Pargeter — who previously held the same position at Swiss bank UBS — joined Chanel as their Head of Diversity and Inclusion. Though Pargeter obviously comes with previous experience, she also lacks something that seems important in an inclusion director. Namely, she isn’t a member of one of the marginalized communities Chanel hopes to further incorporate.

According to a post on VOGUE, the role was created as “a sign of Chanel’s commitment and its importance to the house.” In an interview with THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, a Chanel representative elaborated on this new position. The statement read:

“Fiona Pargeter just joined the company in the position of head of Diversity and Inclusion to evolve our existing diversity and inclusion approach. Diversity and Inclusion has been led for a couple of years in our People and Organization function by our people communication and engagement leader. Fiona has been hired to continue to create momentum for our efforts. This recruitment is a sign of our commitment to these topics and its importance to the house.”

While the position doesn’t necessarily require the director of diversity and inclusion to be a minority, this appointment does raise some valid questions.

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Was Pargeter the best person for the job based on her experience and skill and is that why she got the job or was it another example of failed diversification? Was her hiring a purposeful attempt to avoid tokenism and diversity hiring? Only the decision-makers at Chanel can speak towards that.

Can a white person honestly do a good enough job at reaching out to marginalized communities? Do they understand enough about the racism that Black and brown people face? Can they make a difference in the systems that oppress these communities? We aren’t sure but history has shown us that the only ones who create this kind of systematic change are people who have experienced the atrocities of said system themselves.

In response to Gucci’s controversy, streetwear designer Dapper Dan was tapped to lead a predominately black “Changemakers Council.” Additionally, the brand hired a Black Vice President of Brand and Culture Engagement, Antoine Phillips. Prada recruited director Ava DuVernay and artist Theaster Gates to co-chair the Diversity and Inclusion Council after their own backlash. Likewise, H&M made their own hires after their accusations of racism. Annie Wu was instated as Global Leader of Diversity & Inclusiveness for the company and Nigerian-American Ezinne Kwubiri was made the North American lead.

Can these Black people and people of color do a better job than Pargeter just because they understand the pain of racism? Possibly but we can’t say for sure.

Of course, Twitter had a lot to say about the Chanel hiring as well.

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This Twitter user pointed out that Chanel’s response to too few Black people and POC in their company was to hire yet another white person. It almost reads like a bad joke when it’s put that way but it is exactly what the fashion company did in this situation.

There’s no telling how impactful this hire will prove for Chanel or other members of the industry but, in the meantime, we can vote with our dollars instead. Buy from Black and POC owned brands and know for sure that your money is going directly back into marginalized communities instead of systems that would further oppress them.

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