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Check Out How JLo Acts When She Gets A Major Rejection

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You Still Fly Girl

Back in 1990, 20-year-old  Jennifer Lopez was young, hot and a good dancer, so good she made it to the top four in the “In Living Color” auditions.

But it didn’t go exactly her way. Keenen Wayans and the top choreographer, Rosie Perez, decided to pick someone else! Our girl JLo was left out of the backup dancer squad.

Luckily, the following year, JLo auditioned again and finally became a fly girl, which we all know lead to an incomparable career. You go girl!

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The Super Bowl Just Hit The Latina Trifecta Thanks To This Big Announcement

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The Super Bowl Just Hit The Latina Trifecta Thanks To This Big Announcement

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Looks like the Super Bowl is officially going to be fire. Late last year it was announced that , Jennifer Lopez and Shakira would headline the halftime show. News of their duo performance sparked both delight and, in light of the NFL’s anti-Black Lives Matter stance, some controversy. Still, whether you love it or hate, the show will go on and Demi Lovato is now taking part.

On Thursday the “Sorry Not Sorry” singer announced that she will be performing “The Star-Spangled Banner” at Super Bowl LIV in Miami. 

In a post to her Instagram account, the singer shared an official photo and a caption that read, “Singing the National Anthem at #SBLIV See you in Miami @NFL.”

The announcement is proof that Latinas and Demi in particular are setting 2020 on fire.

After all, Lovato’s announcement comes just two days after she announced that she had accepted an invite to performat the 2020 Grammy Awards at the end of this month. The news sparked excitement amongst Lovato’s fans particularly because the singer hasn’t performed live since 2018 when she was hospitalized for a drug overdose. 

This year, Jennifer Lopez and Shakira will also headline the halftime show.

Super Bowl LIV will be played on February 2. Fox will televise the game starting at 6:30 p.m. with kickoff shortly thereafter.

We don’t know who will face off in the 54th Super Bowl but we know who will be serving up delicious cuisine at Hard Rock Stadium the day of the big game and the big performance — a dominicana chef.

Chef Dayanny de la Cruz the Centerplate Executive Chef of the Hard Rock Stadium will be feeding guests with delicious sazón on Super Bowl Sunday. 

The woman responsible for coordinating the food experience for Super Bowl LIV is Dayanny de la Cruz. The mom of three is the executive chef of the Hard Rock Stadium. FIERCE recently spoke to Chef Dayanny about her beginnings, her connections with the world of food, breaking through the glass ceiling and what it’s like to design a menu that matches JLo and Shakira’s superstardom. 

Chef Dayanny was born and raised in the Dominican Republic and grew up in a home where everything happened around the kitchen table. It was the kind of childhood where her mother always insisted she eat before she play and she was able to run outside and pick ripe mangoes straight from surrounding trees. Chef Dayanny credits this early association with fresh foods and the warmth of a lively kitchen with her decision to enter the culinary world. 

She first went to school to get a degree in hospitality management from Universidad Central del Este in the Dominican Republic. It was here that she decided to move to the United States with her parents and pursue a career in culinary arts. After getting her degree in Grand Rapids, MI, the newbie chef accepted her first position in a kosher kitchen at the DoubleTree Hotel in Chicago — an experience that she says was one of the most difficult and rewarding of her career. 

It was during this time in Chicago that Chef Dayanny was exposed to the world of sports luxury entertainment. She quickly started building her resume with some of the most elite sports events in the US, such as the US open in New York, the Kentucky Derby and the NBA All-Stars. Chef Dayanny explained to FIERCE, the experience was a different challenge than what she was used to, but she was drawn to that difficult task.

Her experience eventually led her to Miami and the Hard Rock Stadium.

 As the executive chef, this means she would be in charge of the kitchen staff for each of these locations. Chef Dayanny also oversees the menus for each concession, kitchen and restaurant at the stadium, and ensures the quality of the food leaving the kitchen. Currently, the stadium has 7 kitchens, 167 suits, 7 all-inclusive clubs and 25 concession stands.

Among those responsibilities is a self-imposed rule that Chef Dayanny expects of her kitchens: to keep them extremely diverse. Listing Central America, South America, Africa and other countries as some of the sources of inspiration for the cuisine she serves, the chef explained to FIERCE that she not only includes her own Dominican flavors into her kitchens but she encourages the native flavors of her kitchen staff to be utilized as well. 

The road leading up to her high-profile career hasn’t been easy. Unfortunately, Chef Dayanna also experienced something many women — Latinas especially — experience coming up in her career.

Like in many industries, the culinary world is still very much a boys’ club. As such, women are given an especially difficult time when they enter the industry to gain experience. Sometimes the interactions are so traumatizing that women leave their industry completely to avoid facing more injustices. 

Chef Dayanny confirmed that as a Latina she bumped into the infamous glass ceiling several times before climbing up the ladder. However, it wasn’t her own struggle she was concerned about, but the struggle of the next generation of women. Acknowledging that we still have a ways to go in making strides in equality, Chef Dayanny explained, “If we are standing still, not moving forward, we aren’t clearing the way for the next generation.” 

As thrilled as she is about the upcoming Super Bowl, when asked how she feels knowing that she is somewhat responsible for feeding JLo and Shakira, Chef Dayanny left us with a reminder of what’s most important. 

Anyone who talks to Chef Dayanny can hear how much she loves to cook and how she adores food in general. So, to reach this point in her career where she receives this honor is obviously a big deal for her. In her interview with FIERCE, we hear in her voice how proud she is to land this role. While Chef Dayanny admitted she is excited about organizing the menus at the Super Bowl, for her, the real excitement comes when the party is over.

JLo’s Iconic Versace ‘Jungle’ Dress Broke The Internet— Now The Label Redesigned The Dress And Made The Pop Star The Face Of Their Brand

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JLo’s Iconic Versace ‘Jungle’ Dress Broke The Internet— Now The Label Redesigned The Dress And Made The Pop Star The Face Of Their Brand

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Jennifer Lopez has been tied to Versace for years. Ever since her infamous appearance at the 2000 Grammy Awards in that palm print dress that prompted the creation of Google‘s image search, JLo’s long-lasting love affair with the Italian brand has been an ever-present relationship in her career. And the friendship is finally being celebrated. Jenny from the block is celebrating her long-running affair with Versace by becoming the face of the brand in 2020.

The superstar has been associated with the Italian fashion house since 2000.

Lopez wore the brand’s plunging jungle print dress to the Grammy Awards in 2000, and the iconic red carpet outfit led to the creation of Google Images. She celebrated the look once again just last year in September, when she sported an updated version to close Versace’s catwalk show in Milan.

On Saturday, J.Lo announced on Instagram that she was representing the brand’s Spring/Summer 2020 collection.

Now, Jennifer has revealed that she and Versace’s chief creative officer Donatella Versace were celebrating two decades of their professional relationship by collaborating on the brand’s spring/summer 2020 advertising campaign. “I am so excited I can finally reveal that I am the face of the #VersaceSS20 campaign!” she wrote alongside multiple shots from the campaign. “Thank you to @Donatella_Versace and everyone at @Versace for your vision and collaboration.”

The fashion house shared many of the same images to its Instagram page, as well.

“The new #VersaceSS20 advertising campaign features long-time friend of the House @jlo who surprised the audience and broke the internet closing the runway show in an iteration of the iconic Jungle print dress,” an Instagram post read, referring to the pop star’s appearance at Milan Fashion Week last fall in which she donned a dress reminiscent of the one which she wore to the 2000 Grammy Awards.

Versace later said, “The new #VersaceSS20 campaign is a provocation on the power of the internet and its vessels for voyeurism.”

Both the singer and the brand, shared pictures from the futuristic campaign, which was shot by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, and showed her posing in various designs in a glass box featuring holograms of a computer keyboard on the walls. She can be seen modelling a new spin on the jungle print design – a plunging jumpsuit with matching blazer – as well as a red minidress and a midriff-baring black number.

J.Lo has worked closely with Versace because of the power the brand bestows upon women.

“To me, Versace represents empowerment and putting something beautiful out into the world,” she explained in a statement. “It’s a dream to collaborate with my friend Donatella again on this gorgeous campaign.”

Donatella posted various images on Instagram and described her longtime friend as “simply breathtaking” and “stunning”.

“Thank you so much Jennifer for taking part in this project… Love you! #VersaceSS20 #Campaign #JLo @jlo,” the designer wrote.

J.Lo, who’s performing at the Super Bowl halftime show next month, spoke about her iconic green Versace dress while hosting “Saturday Night Live” in December.

“I walked the runway at Milan for the first time wearing a dress I wore 20 years ago,” she said. “Now some people said I look better now than I did then, and I’m not bragging — that’s just, you know, gossip.” She ended her appearance on the talk show with a music number during which she wore the same iconic dress.

The campaign, which also features Kendall Jenner, comes amid a successful—yet controversial—period in Jennifer’s career.

She is currently hitting the awards season circuit for her performance in Hustlers and is preparing to perform at the Super Bowl Halftime Show with Shakira in February. JLo’s Oscar buzz was just shut down just last week, after the Academy announced their nominees —and Lopez wasn’t one of them. And best believe her fans and fellow celebrities took to the internet to express their anger.