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J Lo’s Famous Green Dress Has Made A Comeback In Versace’s Spring/Summer 2020 Campaign

While some younger folks may not remember Jenny from the Block, EVERYONE knows who J Lo is. An iconic, impactful, and inspiring presence in Hollywood since the 1990s, Jennifer Lopez continues to blow our minds as an incredibly talented actress and performer (Have you seen Hustlers yet? Hot damn.). And in case she doesn’t impress you enough with her tireless schedule and extensive resume, have you ever laid eyes on this woman? It’s become almost cliché, but J Lo truly seems to defy the process of aging—if anything, she is actually becoming more gorgeous over time. J Lo just turned 50, and in addition to wowing us with her grace, authenticity, and talent, she is a living example of how nutrition and exercise can really work wonders on a person—OR, let’s face it, she might just a mystical creature who is totally untouched by the laws of biology. Quién sabe.

With all this in mind, it may come as a shock that J Lo—though she certainly knows she’s a queen—hasn’t always been convinced of her ability to kick life’s booty as an independent woman. In a recent interview with The New York Times Magazine, J Lo spoke about her role in Hustlers, saying, “I’ve always been so much a romantic, so much about having a relationship, and this woman is the total opposite. And to play that, to live in those shoes, to walk in those very high heels, in that skin, made me realize I’m out here on my own.”

“That’s what I need to teach my daughter,” she added. “That aspect of it: that you can do it on your own.”

And when you examine J Lo’s career, she has truly done so much, visibly growing and evolving as an artist since her breakout role in the 1997 Selena biopic.

Several folks may not know that amid all of J Lo’s hot bops and cinematic hits, she also pioneered Google Images . . . well, kind of. She didn’t so much as “pioneer” Google Images as inspire its creation back in 2000. And why, you might ask, was J Lo the reason for this now-ubiquitous tool, a tool utilized on a literally constant basis to search all kinds of random content?

Oh, we’ll tell you why. You might remember a dress—a green dress, with long sleeves, a plunging neckline, and sheer jungle-print fabric that trailed all the way to the floor. An exotic dress. A Versace dress. This exotic Versace dress:

Credit: Jennifer Lopez / YouTube

Jennifer Lopez wore this dress to the 42nd Annual Grammy Awards in 2000, and people were SHOOK. They took to the internet, hoping to find photos of this groundbreaking moment in fashion, but they fell short—at the time, Google only loaded text-based search results. And while it took some time for Google Images to come about after this frenzy, J Lo is credited as the impetus for its existence.

In 2015, former Google CEO and executive chairman Eric Schmidt wrote on Project Syndicate, “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. At the time, it was the most popular search query we had ever seen. But we had no surefire way of getting users exactly what they wanted: J­Lo wearing that dress. Google Image Search was born.”

And the Google Image search for the green dress has persisted over the past 20 years. Cathy Edwards, director of engineering and product for Google Images, told GQ that “people are still doing queries for ‘Jennifer Lopez green dress,’ ‘Jennifer Lopez jungle print dress,’ ‘Jennifer Lopez Grammys dress,’ [that] sort of thing.” And now those searches are probably surging right now, for a couple of reasons.

J Lo appeared in a remixed version of that infamous green dress back in September, when Versace debuted its Spring/Summer 2020 collection at Milan Fashion Week. And recently, she’s appeared in a Versace ad campaign with Kendall Jenner, rocking futuristic digs that “explore the blurring of lines between public and private life in today’s internet society,” according to an Instagram caption.

In a statement about her recent collaboration with Versace, J Lo said, “In terms of my career, the Jungle dress really marked a moment in time. To me, Versace represents empowerment and putting something beautiful out into the world. It’s a dream to collaborate with my friend Donatella again on this gorgeous campaign and to create something new and fresh out of a piece of iconic fashion history. 

Well, we’re excited too, J Lo. Just check the Google Image stats for this new iteration of that classic green dress.

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Latina Actresses Are Pivoting to Directing and Producing In Order to Get More Latinx Stories Told

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Latina Actresses Are Pivoting to Directing and Producing In Order to Get More Latinx Stories Told

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The numbers are bleak. Latinos make up 18% of America’s population but only 5% of the number of speaking roles in movies in 2019 according to the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative.

Hollywood seems to be late to the party when it comes to Latino representation onscreen. But luckily, there are a handful of Latino artists and creators out there who are taking the fight to appear in front of the screen to behind the camera.

Take, for example, Eva Longoria, who was just announced to be directing and co-starring in the new action-comedy film, “Spa Day”

This marks the third movie the Mexican-American actress will be helming and the first Latina to ever direct more than one major studio film.

The other films on Longoria’s roster include a vehicle for her and Kerry Washington tentatively titled “24/7”, as well as the upcoming biopic “Flamin’ Hot”–a movie centered around Richard Montañez, the man who invented Flaming Hot Cheetos.

Longoria has been candid about how the decision to move into directing and producing has been a strategic one.

“One of the reasons I went into producing and directing was I wasn’t going to sit back and wait for somebody to create a role I wanted to do,” Longoria told Variety in 2018.

“You can’t just sit around waiting for [good projects], and I wanted to create that — not just for myself but for other Latinas.”

But her career transition isn’t unique as a Latina in Hollywood. She has joined the ranks of other Latinas in Hollywood who have began to produce and direct their own projects in order to finally see Latino stories told on screen.

Her peers include Jennifer Lopez (“Shades of Blue“, “Hustlers“), Selena Gomez (“Living Undocumented“), America Ferrera (“Gentefied“, “Superstore“), Gina Rodriguez (“Diary of an American President,” “Carmen San Diego“), and Salma Hayek (“Ugly Betty”).

All of these women have thrown their weight behind projects that otherwise wouldn’t be made if their names weren’t attached to them.

All of these women are creating stories that feature Latino stories and Latino talent–in front of and behind the camera.

America Ferrera explained the reason behind her conscious career pivot from acting to directing/producing: “My genuine heart’s desire is to tell stories that haven’t been told,” she told CBS This Morning. “It’s hard to get stories about people like us made. And then to get those stories told by us is very very uncommon.”

Although the endgame is to have Latinx stories greenlit without having to first be a famous singer or actress, the work these ladies are doing might be laying the foundation for an easier road for future industry players of Latino descent. Or as Longoria so eloquently put it: “If we unite and create opportunities for each other and pull each other up, there could be a lot more success for representation on TV.”

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Yalitza Aparicio Stars In Dior’s Women-Centric Film Series

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Yalitza Aparicio Stars In Dior’s Women-Centric Film Series

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In the two years that have passed since her debut as an actress in the 2018 Academy Award-winning film Roma, Yaltiza Aparicio has established herself as a Hollywood “get.” The Indigenous actress has appeared countless times on the cover of magazines, ones like Vogue México and Vanity Fair, and has been featured in ad campaigns for designers like Rodarte. So it’s no surprise that she has now been tapped to be part of Dior’s new campaign “Dior Stands with Women.”

As part of an effort to celebrate women across the film, beauty, and health industries Dior has launched its “Dior Stands with Women” campaign.

On Monday, the fashion brand announced it had launched a series of short films honoring women and their contributions to the industries and communities which they occupy. The campaign features actresses like Yaltiza Aparicio, model Paloma Elsesser, dancer Leyna Bloom, Cara Delevingne, Charlize Theron, Parris Goebel, and others.

In a statement about the campaign, Dior announced their intent in a post on Instagram. “Inspired by the exceptional women who have marked its history, Christian Dior Parfums unveils a series of short filmed portraits that give a chance to speak to extraordinary women,” it reads.

Speaking in the portrait series, Aparicio explains “For me, being a woman means being strong, always holding your head up because they tell you what they say, you must be sure of what you are capable of,” she went onto say that as “as an ambassador for UNESCO, my role is to represent indigenous communities with dignity. Give them a voice and visibility, which is something that we have lacked for a long time… Women have fought for many years for gender equality. It is not about being superior to men, it is about having the same opportunities, that in your work they give you a fair salary and not simply because you are a woman they pay you less or that they consider that you have fewer capacities simply because you are a woman.”

Speaking about their journeys, actresses Cara Delevinge and Charlize Theron touched on being unapologetic and part of male-dominated industries.

Check out Yalitza and the others in the Dior campaigns below.

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