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J.Lo’s Green Versace Dress Is Going To Be A Caribbean Sneaker Dream

When we mention Jennifer Lopez and Versace in the same sentence, you’re sure to get a very clear visual of THAT one particular dress. You know the one. That dress that the Latina pop diva wore to the 2000 Grammy Awards ceremony. It’s the same one that is credited with the invention of Google Image Search. The iconic dress even has its own Wikipedia page, just like the real pop culture fixture that it has proven to be.

Yes, after all this time, that dress is still as showstopping as it was when we first saw it in Grammy coverage all those 19 years ago.

Now, the recognizable dress has been converted into high-end sneakers and we can’t get enough of their awesome design.

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The Versace Chain Reaction sneaker has been on the market for over a year and proves to be a fan favorite for the Italian designer. Its identifiable silhouette has stayed consistent as the famous fashion house has released several designs of their signature sneaker. The shoe has proven popular with both sneakerheads and high fashion fans alike.

In order to create this incarnation of the popular shoe, Versace Chain Reaction teamed up with beloved sneaker store Concepts. The international high-end sneaker store has a great reputation among the sneakerhead community — collectors who obsess over rare, limited edition and high-end pairs of shoes — so it was a smart move by Versace to trust the brand with a collaboration. Concepts is also already widely known for its high profile collabs with such brands as Nike, New Balance, and Mephisto — just to name a few.

To make this collaboration work, the two companies behind the design had to make sure the sneaker accurately reflected the legendary 2000 moment.

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The gauzy slip of a dress gives the newest version of the Versace Chain Reaction sneaker a touch of Hollywood glamour while still being functional and versatile wear. The gleaming jungle print has been upgraded to more durable nylon as opposed to silk while emerald green laces cross the tongue — like a boa constrictor waiting among the trees.

The shoe also features a nude leather tongue — no doubt a reference to JLo’s show-stopping, plunging neckline that was as much part of the dress’ hype as the dress itself. You’ll also find Braille along with the toes of the sneakers. The small bumps spell out “Love” and we fully believe that this touch is totally JLo’s influence.

JLo fans were quick to praise the collaboration’s immortalizing of this memorable pop culture event.

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This Twitter user suggested that Versace got inspiration for their new JLo shoe from a popular social media meme. We have to admit, we’d love to see how the fashion institution takes on other iconic Jennifer Lopez looks.

This tweet pointed out that — despite almost twenty years — Jennifer Lopez has still got it going on.

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This JLo fan isn’t afraid to admit that the diva is still incredibly sexy. The superstar just hit the big 5-0 and still looks just as good as she did when she first broke onto the scene. With her constant tour schedule and energetic family life, we know JLo has been putting in the time and can definitely still rock that famous Versace dress if she ever wanted to.

JLo’s love might not cost a thing, but if you’re looking to pick up a pair of these sneakers, it comes with a price tag.

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The sneakers are now available on Concepts website in both men and women’s sizes. A pair will run you about $1,075 before taxes. So, if you can afford the price, the sneakers can help you look just like JLo — at least from the ankles down.

Sports Illustrated Featured Valentina Sampaio As Their First Trans Model And The Images Are Stunning

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Sports Illustrated Featured Valentina Sampaio As Their First Trans Model And The Images Are Stunning

She might be listed as part of Sports Illustrated’s 2020 “rookies, but Brazilian model Valentina Sampaio is hardly one herself. In 2017, the model made waves when she became the first trans woman to appear on the cover of Vogue Paris. With appearances on the catwalks of Victoria Secret and appearances for L’Oréal, she’s been breaking barriers ever since.

Now, three years after making her first big splash, the Brazilian model is making waves for Sports Illustrated.

Joining the likes of models such as Tyra Banks, Christie Brinkley and Heidi Klum, Sampaio’s feature on Sports Illustrated makes for another first. As a transwoman, she became the first trans model to appear in its pages and spoke out in an open essay on what it means to be part of the brand.

“Being trans usually means facing closed doors to peoples’ hearts and minds. We face snickers, insults, fearful reactions and physical violations just for existing. Our options for growing up in a loving and accepting family, having a fruitful experience at school or finding dignified work are unimaginably limited and challenging,” Sampaio wrote. “I recognize that I am one of the fortunate ones, and my intention is to honor that as best I can.”

Reflecting on her humble beginnings in a fishing village in northern Brazil, Sampaio explained that she intends to use her growing platform to fight for trans rights.

Writing about the beauty of her home country, Sampaio explained that its lovely visuals are darkened by a backdrop of brutal crimes against the transgender community. “I was born trans in a remote, humble fishing village in northern Brazil. Brazil is a beautiful country, but it also hosts the highest number of violent crimes and murders against the trans community in the world—three times that of the U.S,” she wrote. In a previous interview with Vogue, Sampaio highlighted that in 2019, 129 transgender people had been murdered in Brazil.

“What unites us as humans is that we all share the common desire to be accepted and loved for who we are,” Sampaio wrote in the essay. “Thank you SI for seeing and respecting me as I truly am. For understanding that more than anything, I am human. Thank you for supporting me in continuing to spread a message of love, compassion, and unity for ALL.”

Karen Vega Becomes The First Oaxacan Model To Grace Pages Of Vogue Mexico

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Karen Vega Becomes The First Oaxacan Model To Grace Pages Of Vogue Mexico

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According to the National Commission for the Development of the Indigenous Peoples, Oaxaca has the greatest percentage of indigenous people in Mexico. Making up 48% of the population in Oaxaca, Mexico the indigenous group continues to flourish and influence Mexican culture to this day. And yet, despite their prevalence and contributions, Oaxacans remain sorely underrepresented in Mexico and Latin America. Only recently, with the rising attention towards actress Yalitza Aparicio, have most mainstream outlets featured the indigenous people of Oaxaca on their screens and magazine pages.

Fortunately, that doesn’t seem to be slowing down.

Karen Vega broke barriers recently after becoming the first Oaxacan model to be featured in Vogue Mexico

Just 18 years old, the model graced the magazine’s pages and spoke out about the importance of seeing more diversity in the world of fashion. “It is time for new generations to have media that show them expressions of equality and educate them about the differences that make us all beautiful,” Vega told the outlet. “My grain of sand would be to put the focus on the southern woman, our stories, where we come from so that more than just photo models, we can also be an inspiration of another kind.”

According to Vogue Mexico, Vega’s journey began at the age of 14 when she helped her abuelo’s wife with her business as a seamstress.

At the time, Vega helped her measure out the dresses that she made for a local fashion form. According to Vega, she quickly fell in love with the world of fashion and began to dream about modeling as a profession. Using social media sites as her instruction guide, she began to obtain an understanding of what fashion meant. She flipped through the pages of magazines and began connecting with models to understand how to break into the world of modeling. Soon enough, after receiving an invite from the designer Pompi García and the photographer Enrique Leyva to model for part of the production “Magical Realism” in the city of Oaxaca she found herself on the path to a professional career in modeling.

She went on to join García and Leyva’s modeling agency, Talento Espina. The agency strives to represent Oaxacan models and ultimately helped Vega receive an invite to participate in an Autumn-Winter show in Mexico City.

“At first there was a lot of doubt about my participation, because although it was a very nice opportunity, the move and my parents’ confidence to leave was difficult, since it was the first time I was leaving Oaxaca,” Vega told Vogue. Fortunately, Vega’s agency was able to help her older brother come along with her.

Now she’s modeling for big brands like Vogue and says its thanks to her agency which taught her to never tolerate abuse from people who hired her and to speak up. According to Vega, working with her agency has taught her that while pursuing her dreams of modeling will come with its struggles because of her Indigenous origins it’s not at all impossible.