In the year 2000, we thought the world was going to end with the whole Y2K debacle. But then came the bright light of JLO and her magical green dress.
February 23rd 2000, Jennifer was at the height of Selena and Out of Sight fame as well as her musical debut with On The 6, her platinum selling album. She attended the Grammys like all the other fancy, famous people in a knockout dress.
You know the dress we’re taking about, the Versace number she wore to the 2000 Grammys when she was accompanied by Puff Daddy, pre P Diddy. It was a tropical print, green silk chiffon cut to her navel, held by a shiny brooch and held to her beautifully, bronzed bosom for dear life by double sided tape.
David Duchovny even commented on it while presenting with Lopez at the show, “This is the first time in five or six years that i’m sure, no-one is looking at me.” He said.
It was quite the garment. Here’s a picture:
The media attention it received created a demand on Google search for images, which they didn’t offer at the time.
Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google, wrote about it all in an essay titled “The Tinkerers Apprentice” for Project Syndicate in 2015.
He said: “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: J.Lo wearing that dress. Google Image Search was born.”
Now you can find thousands of images on Google of Lopez in that dress, what a muse she is.
When asked about it, Jennifer replied, “I heard that, who knew?!”
She was also not pleased she hadn’t received anything for her contribution, “”I’m a little bit upset about it,” she joked. “I’m sure Versace’s in on it as well.”
What would she have wanted for it?
“Just a small part of it … a truck full of money.”
Wouldn’t we all Jenny from the block, wouldn’t we all.
Loaded staff writer Danielle De La Bastide has lived all over the planet and written for BuzzFeed, Thought Catalog as well as print publications throughout the Caribbean.