Jennifer Lopez almost broke the internet when she slayed the runway in the updated version of her famous green Versace dress for the brand’s 2020 spring-summer collection. It came almost 20 years after the original green Versace dress she wore at the 2000 Grammys basically gave birth to Google Images.
In an interview with Vogue, the 50-year-old superstar reminisced about fitting the dress for the 2000 Grammy Awards, where she was nominated for the first time for Best Dance Recording for “Waiting For Tonight.” Back then, she didn’t have a lot of dress options. Her stylist at the time, Andrea Lieberman, advised her against wearing the Versace dress because other celebrities had already worn it, but J. Lo went with the dress. “I didn’t think it was all that risqué to be honest. I was more excited that it was the Grammys. I wasn’t even thinking about the dress that much. I was just glad I had something to wear.”
On the red carpet, the crowd parted to let her and her date, Sean Combs who went by Puff Daddy at the time, through. “All of a sudden everybody started moving. There was a buzz in the air. There was something extra about it.”
When she got onstage to present an award, she recalled, “There was this murmur in the crowd and everybody started clapping. I was smiling and just trying to be as normal as you can be on the Grammy stage. It was just one of those perfect moments. The dress kind of blew open and it was just provocative enough, I guess, to make people really interested.”
Jennifer said she eventually met Donatella Versace at the Met Ball, and she could feel the designer’s pain over the death of her brother, Gianni Versace. “I could feel how sad and devastated she still was. I put my hand on her back and I held her hand for most of the night [even though] I didn’t really know her. It was the first night I met her. She always remembered that. We became very connected.”
You can watch the full interview below:
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