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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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Cardi B Claps Back at Haters Who Say She Shouldn’t Have Won Billboard’s ‘Woman of the Year’ Title

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Cardi B Claps Back at Haters Who Say She Shouldn’t Have Won Billboard’s ‘Woman of the Year’ Title

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Cardi B knows her worth and doesn’t have time for the haters. On Wednesday, Billboard announced that they crowned Cardi B “Woman of the Year”–an honor they bestow annually on a female artist who dominates the pop culture scene. As reference, last year, the award was given to Billie Eilish.

But with the chart-topping, record-smashing success of “WAP,” Billboard had pretty much no other choice but to give the title to none other than our Dominican-Trinidadian Queen, Cardi B, this year.

But not everyone was so happy about. A few bitter critics took to the internet to complain about the usual stuff: Cardi’s contributions to music this year, and her being a polarizing figure in general.

“Cardi B sets women back hundreds years,” wrote one particularly bitter Twitter user. “She objectifies women’s bodies as ‘machines’ made solely for sex. The English-level used is shameful. I wouldn’t want my kids to listen to any of that crap.”

So on Wednesday, Cardi took her Instagram to serve her haters a hefty serving of humble pie.

“Morning y’all, it’s your girl Cardi B,” she greeted her audience, bare-faced, her hair wrapped in a scarf, dressed in a floral robe. “And yes, I am Woman of the Year.” And it just got more hilarious from there.

“And for you crybabies like, ‘But she only got one song!’ Yeah, I got that song, b—h. You know, the one that sold the most? The one that streamed the most? The one that had Republicans crying on Fox News about it. The one that have a song that’s about to be six times platinum in three months. The one that had your grandma popping her p—y on TikTok. Yeah b—h, that one.”

As Cardi continued to spit facts, she then took the opportunity to highlight her political activism this year–a brand of activism that kept her younger fans both entertained and, more importantly, engaged.

“For over a year, I’ve been influencing and using my platform for y’all to vote, not just for when Joe Biden was going against Trump,” she added. “I’ve been informing y’all about y’all’s senators, midterm elections, using my money to meet up with these candidates like Bernie. Flying out, tired after shows. Yeah, that’s me, b—h.”

Never one to take un-founded criticism lying down, she continued her tirade against ill-informed haters. “Even when y’all’s crying like, ‘But she don’t represent us!’ Yes I do, b—h. I represent America,” she paused for emphasis here.

“I wanted a change, and that’s exactly what the f–k I did,” she said. She then concluded the video: “And eat it up. I’m just that b—h. Eat it up with a spoon so y’all can get a mouthful.”

Cardi B never fails to keep us fully entertained. The annual Billboard’s Women in Music event will be held on December 10th. As a side note, Jennifer Lopez will also be receiving Billboard’s Icon Award.

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Jennifer Lopez Gave A Teary Speech About Change And Being A Young Latina While Accepting The 2020 People’s Icon Award

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Jennifer Lopez Gave A Teary Speech About Change And Being A Young Latina While Accepting The 2020 People’s Icon Award

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Drum roll please… and the 2020 People’s Icon is Jennifer “Jenny from the Block” Lopez!

The E! People’s Choice Awards took place on Sunday and J.Lo took the stage to receive the People’s Icon Award in a stunning red dress. 

J.Lo was honored for her work as an artist, dancer, actress, and for opening the door for more  LatinX representation in the entertainment industry. She has been very successful, from starring as Selena Quintanilla-Pérez in the 1997 film to the iconic Versace green dress to her role in the 2019 “Hustlers” movie and her 2020 Half-time Super Bowl performance.

As J.Lo received her award on stage, she was surprised with a virtual message from Nicole Kidman and Renne Zellweger. 

Moments later, Emme and Max, Lopez’s 12-year-old twins appeared on the screen to congratulate their mom and stayed on the screen as support during J.Lo’s acceptance speech.

“Man, 2020 was no joke right? I mean before 2020 we were obsessing about winning this award or getting nominated for that award or we were caught up in who sold the most records or box office opening or crazy stuff like did we get the latest drop or the newest sneakers before anybody else. But not this year. This year was the great leveler,” Lopez told the audience as she began her speech. 

“It showed us what mattered, what didn’t. And for me, reinforced what mattered most: People, all of us, together,” Lopez said and took a pause as the audience applauded. 

“Helping each other, loving each other, being kind to each other. And the importance of that connection, that human touch. I realized that’s what I strive for in everything I do. To reach people, to touch people. I believe that’s what we all want, those shared experiences to know that we’re not in this alone.”  

The artist thanked her fans, family, and friends for having faith and believing in her even when she did not feel motivated. 

“You know I approach my career the same way I approach my life. I lead with life, I feel with my heart and I always try to speak truth in telling stories, singing songs. I do so with the purpose of bringing a little happiness, creating beauty and inspiring others to do the same. From being a little girl in the Bronx, New York, and having the privilege of performing on some of the biggest stages in the world, and even at the Super Bowl earlier this year, that was a biggie! I have seen and learned a lot and I am still learning. I want to thank you and tell you how much I appreciate you for letting me do that in front of you for all of these years,” she said.

J.Lo went on to speak about the struggles and doubts she faced as a woman and a Latina and gave an inspiring message to young girls. 

“As a Latina and as a woman, we have to work twice as hard to get the opportunities, sometimes my big dreams and my ambitions, it made the people around me nervous. ‘You can’t be an actress. You’re an actress, what you want to sing? You’re an artist, you won’t be taken seriously as a businesswoman.’ The more that they said I couldn’t, the more I knew that I had to. So now here I stand so very grateful knowing that the true measure of my success is not in box office numbers or records sold, but from the love that I feel from all of you,” a teary J.Lo said. 

“The true measure is inspiring girls in all ages and all colors, from all over the world, to know you can do whatever want, as many things as you want and to be proud of who you are no matter where you come from. I want them to know your dreams are limited only by your imagination, determination and their willingness to never give up. If I have touched you or them in any small way, then this is the greatest award I could ever receive. I accept this award with great humility and gratitude, and hope we can begin to heal as a country and stand together united and proud, and in harmony,” she said.

At the end of the speech, she gave a message to the Latino community in Spanish. 

“Y a mi gente Latina a donde quiera que yo esté y donde quiera que yo vaya siempre los tengo presente. Y es para mi un orgullo poder representar a los Latinos de todas partes. Con todo mi corazón y con todo mi amor gracias mi gente los quiero mucho y recuerden la vida es un tango y hay que seguir bailando siempre,” Lopez said before leaving the stage. 

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