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Jennifer Lopez's iconic green dress is the reason Google Images exists

Joe Harker

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Jennifer Lopez's iconic green dress is the reason Google Images exists

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Jennifer Lopez once wore a dress so iconic that the whole world wanted to see her wearing it, and ended up inventing Google Images in the process.

The dress in question is a green Versace silk chiffon covered in a tropical leaf and bamboo pattern with an incredibly low neckline that goes right down to the navel. Take a look at the singer strutting down the runway in a new version of the iconic dress:

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JLo first wore the dress all the way back in 2000 for the Grammy Awards and it got so much attention that people damn near blew up the internet searching for it.

In fact, it was such a popular search for people that Google decided to create Google Images just to meet the demand of so many people wanting to see pictures.

Ex Google CEO Eric Schmidt revealed that it was the flood of people wanting to see Lopez in that dress which got the ball rolling on the whole thing.

JLo wearing that dress was so iconic it changed history. Credit: Twitter/@mattxiv
JLo wearing that dress was so iconic it changed history. Credit: Twitter/@mattxiv

Google Images didn't become a thing until the year afterwards, launching in July 2001, and it was all because people basically broke the internet demanding to look at Lopez in the green dress.

Writing in 2015, Schmidt said: "When Google was launched, people were amazed that they were able to find out about almost anything by typing just a few words into a computer.

"It was better than anything else, but not great by today's standards. So our co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin - like all successful inventors - kept iterating. They started with images. After all, 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."

Jennifer Lopez has worn a few versions of the iconic green Versace dress throughout the years. Credit: REUTERS / Alamy Stock Photo
Jennifer Lopez has worn a few versions of the iconic green Versace dress throughout the years. Credit: REUTERS / Alamy Stock Photo

While there's a copy of the dress kept in a museum, JLo still has the original and has worn other versions of it at big events throughout the years.

The original was donned by a few people before Lopez made it so iconic - being worn to the Met Gala in 1999 by designer Donatella Versace before Geri Halliwell had it for the NRJ Music awards in January 2000, a month before JLo stunned the world with it.

It turns out a good piece of fashion really can change the world.

Topics: Celebrity, Fashion, Technology

Joe Harker
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