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It Turns Out Ginger Spice Wore That Iconic Jennifer Lopez Dress First

Jennifer Lopez’s iconic green Versace dress is the reason we have Google Image search today, but that doesn’t mean she was the first to wear it. Geri Halliwell, also known as Ginger Spice of the Spice Girls, wore the look about a month before, meanwhile, Donatella Versace sported it nearly a year before the 2000 Grammys — it just didn’t have the same impact. 

The tropical patterned dress made of silk chiffon with a plunging neckline and sheer fabric was considered provocative for the time. Perhaps, no more provocative than Jennifer Lopez’s voluptuous body which was considered out of the norm. This was the same era of waify actresses with jutting hip bones and visible rib cages, Lopez was an outlier. 

This is why Jennifer Lopez specifically in that dress became a moment in fashion history. 

Ginger Spice rocks it first allegedly 

Bestselling author Juno Dawson pointed out the fact that Geri Halliwell wore the dress before Jennifer Lopez on Twitter. The Spice Girls singer wore it a month before J. Lo, to the NRJ Music Awards in Cannes on January 22, 2000.

“Not to diminish J-Lo, but history remembers that @GeriHalliwell WORE IT FIRST,” Dawson wrote. 

“Very long, very straight hair extensions is a LOOK also,” she said in another tweet. 

While I’ve never seen anyone claim that Lopez wore it first, it is also ahistorical to suggest Halliwell did. 

Actually, my guy, Donatella Versace wore it first

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Donatella Versace actually first wore the dress in 1999 to the Met Gala. Who wore the dress first seems irrelevant to the fact that it exists in our collective memory because of Jennifer Lopez. 

The dress is famous because of how Lopez appeared in it not because of when it was worn. The “I’m Real” singer’s curvaceous body uniquely filled it out. Moreover, her tan complexion suited the vibrant green best.

For years, Lopez was advised to lose weight because of her curvy body. The Versace dress showed the world there was nothing wrong with it, that in fact, a body like Lopez’s should be admired.

“But I got a lot of flak for it from people in the industry. They’d say, ‘You should lose a few pounds,’ or ‘You should do this or do that.’ It finally got to the point that I was like, ‘This is who I am. I’m shaped like this,’ ” Lopez told InStyle

“Everybody I grew up with looked like that, and they were all beautiful to me. I didn’t see anything wrong with it. I still don’t!”

 It’s why they call it a “fashion moment,” it’s because a piece of clothing is only as good as the person wearing it. 

Jennifer Lopez inspired Google Image search

I am not shading Halliwell or Donatella they looked great in it, but sometimes the right person can elevate a look because of what they exude in it. When she appeared on the red carpet of the 2000 Grammy Awards, J. Lo inspired a record number of searches that triggered Google to invent Google Image search. This isn’t only a fashion moment, it is fashion history. 

“People wanted more than just text. This first became apparent after the 2000 Grammy Awards, where Jennifer Lopez wore a green dress that, well, caught the world’s attention,” Google’s executive chairman Eric Schmidt said

“At the time, it was the most popular search query we had ever seen. But we had no sure-fire way of getting users exactly what they wanted: JLo wearing that dress. Google Image Search was born.”

J. Lo tells the story of the iconic dress

Before the Grammys, Lopez wasn’t sure of what to wear. Her stylist, Andrea Lieberman presented her with tons of looks, but nothing was quite right. When she spotted the green Versace dress, she knew it was the one. It didn’t matter that it had been worn twice before. 

 “This is what we’re going to wear; this is it,” Lopez recalled to Vogue. “I didn’t think it was all that risqué, to be honest.” 

The singer believes the image of her in the dress transcends even her own career and accomplishments. 

“The dress was just provocative enough to make people interested,” she said. “That was a moment that captured people’s imaginations, I think . . . in terms of my career, this dress really marked a moment in time. Even if you don’t know my music and you don’t know my movies, people know about that moment and that dress. That was it.”

Almost 20 years later, Lopez rocks it again

https://www.instagram.com/p/B2pNt7ulT9M/ To commemorate the historical ensemble, last week, Lopez wore a sleeveless version of the dress to close the 2020 Spring Versace show. As she strutted down the catwalk, the crowd went crazy. The 50-year-old looked as glowing and transcendent as she did 18 years ago.    “You know when I do something, I really do it,” Lopez said that night. And that’s that on that. 

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The Long Awaited Trailer To JLo And Maluma’s ‘Marry Me’ Is Finally Here

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The Long Awaited Trailer To JLo And Maluma’s ‘Marry Me’ Is Finally Here

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One of the year’s biggest collaborations is starting to make more progress after being largely shut down thanks to the Coronavirus pandemic. Of course, we’re talking about the upcoming highly-anticipated Jennifer Lopez film, Marry Me, which also stars Maluma in his acting debut.

Although we still have a while to wait before the movie makes its big screen debut (not until 2021), we’re finally getting our first look at what the duo will look like on screen along with other exciting details about the project.

Marry Me finally has an official trailer and JLo and Maluma fans couldn’t be more excited.

It seems like we’ve been hyped up for this film forever – and thanks to Coronavirus, we kinda have. But finally, Universal has released the teaser for Marry Me, and it reveals a few new details about the film and its cast. Along with J.Lo, the film stars Owen Wilson, Sarah Silverman, and Colombian singer Maluma in his major feature debut.

The film was originally announced last summer and production began in October 2019 but much of it was shut down once the Coronavirus struck. The film is directed by Kat Coiro (It’s Always Sunny in PhiladelphiaDead to Me) and features original music by Lopez and Maluma, which sounds too perfect to be legal, sorry.

To celebrate the cinematic milestone, López and Maluma have reported that they are recording a full-length soundtrack of original songs. Maluma Baby is hyped from the time he’s spent in the studio with J.Lo (who wouldn’t be?), telling a reporter last year, “It’s been such an amazing experience also working, doing music. I mean we never stop.”

So here’s everything we know about the film so far.

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Based on the graphic novel by Bobby Crosby, the film is described as a “modern love story about celebrity, marriage and social media.” López plays musical sensation Kat Valdez, who agrees to live-stream her marriage with her fellow superstar Bastian (Maluma — fictional or not, this is officially the hottest couple on Planet Earth and we can’t unsee it) in order to boost the sales of their new single and duet, “Marry Me.”

When she finds out that Bastian has been cheating on her, however, she freaks out and decides to marry a stranger in the audience watching: divorced high-school math teacher Charlie Gilbert (Owen Wilson), who was dragged to the event by his daughter. The unexpected sequence of events leads the two down a path toward unexpected true love.

Even with a new movie coming out, both JLo and Maluma have been hard at work in the studio.

Just last month, Maluma surprise released his latest album – PAPI JUANCHO. It’s Maluma’s fifth studio album and was produced alongside longtime collaborators Rude Boyz. Although the album features Maluma’s alter ego as the main star, it also includes several guest appearances from a number of reggaetón royals, including Justin Quiles, Lenny Tavarez, Myke Towers, and Jory Boy. PAPI JUANCHO was made during quarantine between the singer’s hometown of Medellín and Miami, his U.S. base.

Meanwhile, JLo has teased new music in recent weeks. Jennifer Lopez posted a picture with producer Ryan Tedder over the weekend in which she promised that new music is “just around the corner.”

The snap, in which Lopez is sporting dark red lips and a messy up hairdo alongside the OneRepublic leader and veteran songwriter/producer — rocking a black Mad Tasty hat — doesn’t offer much more detail about what the duo are cooking up, but Lopez seems pretty psyched.

“Can u feeeeeel it… new music just around the corner!!” Lopez wrote.

It would be a welcome return for Lopez, who has only released a remix of “If You Had My Love” so far this year, as fans wait for her to announce a release date for her as-yet-untitled ninth studio album. Lopez’s last full-length was 2014’s A.K.A., which featured the singles “I Luh Ya Papi,” “First Love” and “Booty.”

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JLo Introduces Her Nibling, Brendon In New Short Film ‘Draw With Me’ And It’s A Must Watch

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JLo Introduces Her Nibling, Brendon In New Short Film ‘Draw With Me’ And It’s A Must Watch

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Jennifer Lopez has been wildly busy as of late – and that’s all despite a global pandemic. The Hustlers star attempted a takeover of the New York Mets baseball team with her husband A-Rod, she’s launching her own beauty line, and continues to push out grade-A social media content that keeps her fans begging for more.

Although she’s been busy, she still found the time to support her nibling – who has created a short film about how art was a lifeline for them when coming out. She used the term, which is a gender-neutral alternative for a niece or nephew, when discussing her sister Leslie Lopez’s child, Brendan Scholl (who is transgender and uses they/them pronouns).

Jennifer Lopez has introduced the world to her nibling Brendon and their new short film.

In a video posted to her Instagram TV channel, JLo introduced the film Draw With Me. She’s supporting the short film by her nibling which is about “accepting change and challenges with love, knowing when we do –everything is possible. Please enjoy the first 5 minutes of this incredible story. Stay tuned for the full documentary at film festivals worldwide and coming soon on VOD. A film by @ithakafilms @marcomaranghello @lyndalopez08,” she says in the post.

During her introduction, she explained, “Draw With Me is a short film about a transgender youth and their journey of coming out to their family, and also engaging with their art to help them cope with the feelings they were having during this time.”

She continued on to say, “The film is important and timely in its story and message, and can have a huge impact on those of us who watch and experience what Brendon and their family is going through in this time of acceptance and admission. It’s a story very close to my heart, because it was a family affair… because Brendon is my nibling.”

In the film, Brendon tells the very important and timely story of their coming out and coming to terms with their identity.

After JLo’s brief introduction, there’s a short five-minute preview of the film, featuring Brendon telling their coming out story. “It was in eighth grade when I finally felt comfortable with saying that I’m trans,” they said. As their mom Leslie explained in the film, “You’re talking about your identity as a person. Sexual preference has to do with who you go to bed with, and your identity is who you go to bed as.”

Brendon continued: “I’m just hit with how lucky I am in terms of the family and friends. Titi Jen made that post where she used the right pronouns. It felt really nice to have a family member in a very public way show their support, makes me appreciate things other people will do for me and for anyone else who’s struggling.”

They also share some very dark moments that illustrates how important films like ‘Draw With Me’ really are.

When talking about their lowest moment in the five-minute clip, Brendon says, “The darkest point was definitely when I wasn’t out to any of my teachers or my parents. I was worried about when I came out, that would be like the last straw, so to speak.” The family then reflect upon the night that Brendon very sadly tried to take their own life.

After this, Leslie says, came a turning point, “When it finally hit me, like, ‘Oh my God, my kid just trying to kill themself’, it just hit me. When you finally get to the acceptance part, then you realise it’s not about you. This is about my child.”

And when aunt Lynda asked Brendon about advice they would give to someone who has never had a trans person in their life, their message was clear. “The best thing I can say is just believe them. I shouldn’t have to be scared to tell people who I am,” they said. “If they don’t like me because I’m trans then it’s their loss. I’m not going to change myself just because this one person doesn’t like it.”

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