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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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Jennifer Lopez And Matthew McConaughey Honor The 20th Anniversary Of ‘The Wedding Planner’

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Jennifer Lopez And Matthew McConaughey Honor The 20th Anniversary Of ‘The Wedding Planner’

2001. A year of quite a lot of big events and don’t fans of The Wedding Planner know it!

Twenty years ago the beloved romantic comedy starring Jennifer Lopez as a cynical but ambitious wedding planner and Matthew McConaughey the engaged doctor with who she falls in love with.

Twenty years later and of course we needed a reunion to celebrate.

Fortunately, the leading stars reunited for a virtual screening of the 20th anniversary of the hit film. 

During an Instagram Live event, the two actors reunited to wax nostalgia about their iconic romantic comedy from their respective homes. During the sweet gathering, Lopez and McConaughey talked about all things related to that time including their kissing scenes. Recalling one kissing moment in particular, Lopez said to McConaughey “You said, ‘Miss Lopez, I’m going to kiss you now.’ And I said, ‘OK, let’s do it. Let’s hit it.'”

Speaking about the movie’s impact on their career they both admitted that they’ve been lucky.

“When you do these movies… we’ve been lucky enough to continue doing what we love,” Lopez explained. “There are certain moments that always stick out in your head.”

“I so enjoyed working with you,” Lopez added. “We had such a nice rapport and chemistry. We were somewhat at the beginning of our careers at that time. It was exciting to be working on any movie. I still feel that way. It was a magical time. I’m such a romantic too that working on those types of movies have a real feel for me.”

Sweetly, McConaughey praised Lopez for her talent and ambition.

“You prepare so well for everything you do. I love your intentionality, I love how deliberate you are. You would have it down, you love the choreography. I love your deliberation, and the preparation you have,” he added before lamenting the fall of romcoms. “In a way, [The Wedding Planner] was the last of the rom-coms,” McConaughey said. “The rom-com doesn’t get made anymore.”

Lopez was quick to point out that she’s worked hard to ensure that rom-coms don’t die altogether. “I wanna know there’s a happily ever after, I wanna know that. Even though we know we’ve lived through a tough year, miracles still happen, love prevails, things can go right, for sure.”

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J.Lo’s Social Media Challenge Has Backfired Spectacularly And People Are Having Too Much Fun

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J.Lo’s Social Media Challenge Has Backfired Spectacularly And People Are Having Too Much Fun

Social media challenges are everywhere and some of them are super fun. However, J.Lo’s attempt to create a social media challenge for the anniversary of her song “Love Don’t Cost A Thing.” The challenge has drawn more trolling responses than genuine and here’s why.

J.Lo was probably expecting a different reaction to #LoveDontCostAThingChallenge.

J.Lo’s song “Love Don’t Cost A Thing” was released 20 years ago and it was a very important moment in Latino pop culture. We all know the song by heart and if you say you don’t then you aren’t being honest. Yet, J.Lo’s way of trying to celebrate the song’s release is, well, bizarre. We should keep in mind that we are dealing with an ongoing pandemic and it is winter, but J.Lo wants you to find a beach, walk around, and through your clothes and jewelry everywhere?

In fact, one of the responses questioning the challenge has more likes than the original post.

J.Lo literally just walked on the beach and threw her jewelry and clothing around. Like, what is happening here? There are so many questions right now and the text of the original tweet offers no real guidance. How is this a fun challenge?

@_nellerita makes a good point. We don’t have valuables that we can just throw around for a social media challenge. Most challenges involve dances, which gives a set parameter of what to do. This is just too open ended and, quite frankly, a wild concept.

Legit, people have a lot of questions about what is happening with the challenge and the tossing of jewelry.

A lot of people don’t have jewelry just laying around, tbh. We might have an Apple watch that is the only real thing we wear but why would we throw it? It is clear that J.Lo was hoping to see people recreate the iconic scene of the music video when she stripped down to go into the water. While the moment is iconic, it is something that we are not super eager to recreate as we stay isolated during this Covid winter.

Overwhelmingly, this has been the reaction to the #LoveDontCostAThingChallenge.

Most of Twitter is just sitting there trying to figure out what exactly is going on with J.Lo and her challenge. We appreciate someone getting people involved and mobilized. We also want to see our people succeed. However, some things need to be thought out a little bit more than this social media challenge.

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