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Jennifer Lopez Almost Robbed Us of Google Images

Stephanie Eckardt

Nearly 20 years ago, a new legend entered American folklore: that of the origins of Google Images. Once upon a time, in March of 2000, Jennifer Lopez wore a blue-green tropical-print Versace gown made of silk chiffon, which plunged far enough down Lopez's torso to show off her navel. And, as the story goes, so many people were compelled by a desire to see it for themselves that Google decided to roll out a visual counterpart to its default search engine that you've probably spent hours of your life scrolling through since.

It's no surprise, then, that Lopez revisited that fateful night to launch her new career as a vlogger, which began with a video titled "Moments of Fashion" that she uploaded late last week. In reminiscing, she referred to that fateful night as her "biggest fashion moment ever"—and also casually mentioned the fact that it almost never came to be.

According to Lopez, she was "out in the middle of nowhere" with Matthew McConaughey, filming a horse-riding scene in The Wedding Planner, when her stylist showed up, bearing news that the Grammy Awards were the very next day. Even more dramatically, there was also apparently "nothing out there" for Lopez to wear to the event, seeing as Lopez had put off the fitting for weeks. (Leave it to J.Lo, who was one of that year's nominees, to not think the Grammys are a big deal—though she now attributes her negligence to her nonstop schedule of going between the recording studio and the movie set.)

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Despite there being "nothing" out there, Lopez's stylist did manage to come up with two dresses just in time, when Lopez was in the middle of doing her hair and makeup in the hours leading up to the awards. As far as her stylist was concerned, though, there was only one option: a "kind of a white dress or something like that," Lopez said. The other, of course, was the Versace, which came with a hitch: Three different people—including Donatella Versace herself—had worn it out in public since its 1999 debut on the runway.

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Donatella Versace wearing Versace at the 1999 "Rock Style" Met Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.
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Of course, Lopez ended up becoming the fourth person, to her manager and "trusted consigliere" Benny Medina's delight. (Her stylist, on the other hand, was "mortified.") At first, Lopez wasn't entirely on board herself: It took quite a bit of "toupee tape" to address her fear that her "boobs were gonna pop out on stage." Fortunately, that never came to pass; otherwise, Lopez, who promptly received an "ovation for just standing there," might very well have broken the Internet.

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David Duchovny and Jennifer Lopez presenting the first award of the evening at the 42nd Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on February 23, 2000.
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Jennifer Lopez in her historic Versace dress at the 42nd Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on February 23, 2000.
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The Glitzy Style Evolution of Jennifer Lopez

Lopez started receiving critical attention with her performance in Selena, for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe. She appeared at her first Oscars later that year n a sparkly lace gown, looking every inch the movie star she would soon before. They say dress the part, after all.

Jennifer Lopez in Badgely Mischka at the 69th annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles, California, March 1997. Photo by Getty Images.

Nothing says '90s like a halter and matching cropped jacket.
Jennifer Lopez at the 40th annual Grammy Awards in New York, New York, February 1998. Photo by Getty Images.

Continuing the body-con glamour trend, J. Lo appears in a high-neck gown reminiscent of many that would soon follow.

Jennifer Lopez at the VH1 Fashion Awards in New York, New York, October 1998. Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage.

For the 1999 Oscars, Lopez opted for a more classic look, another Badgely Mischka design (the same label she had worn for the event two years prior).

Jennifer Lopez in Badgely Mischka at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Los Angeles, California, March 1999. Photo by Barry King/WireImage.

Arguably Lopez's defining look of the decade, the Versace gown she wore to the 2000 Grammys is still the benchmark for daring red carpet looks.

Jennifer Lopez in Versace at the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California, March 2000. Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images.

This marks a rare foray into short dresses for Lopez — albeit still shiny and glitzy.

Jennifer Lopez in Valentino at the Golden Globes in Beverly Hills, California, January 2001. Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage.

Later that year, Lopez appears in a conservative — by her standards — Chanel ball gown.

Jennifer Lopez in Chanel at the 73rd annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles, California, March 2001. Photo by Vinnie Zuffante/Getty Images.

Two years later, she reprises the one-shoulder look, bringing back a hint of the old sparkle that started to become her hallmark.

Jennifer Lopez in Valentino at the 75th annual Academy Awards in Hollywood, California, March 2003. Photo by Frank Micelotta/Getty Images.

She's been known to favor warm tones, and this bright orange Michael Kors is one of its most obvious examples. It paves the way for the bright yellow, gold, and red looks to follow.

Jennifer Lopez in Michael Kors at the 61st annual Golden Globes in Beverly Hills, California, January 2004. Photo by Getty Images.

Looking like an awards statuette herself, Lopez exudes an undeniable movie star-ness in Marchesa.

Jennifer Lopez in Marchesa at the 66th annual Golden Globes in Los Angeles, California, January 2009. Photo by Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images.

We've seen few examples of the full ballgown look on Lopez over the years, and here, it's made all the more unfamiliar by her hair let loose.

Jennifer Lopez in Roberto Cavalli at the Cannes Film Festival in Cap d'Antibes, France, May 2010. Photo by Getty Images.

The empire waist of this silhouette offers a different take on her red carpet aesthetic, though her sleek hair still recalls her looks of the previous decade.
Jennifer Lopez in Zuhair Murad at the 68th annual Golden Globes in Beverly Hills, California, January 2011. Photo by Getty Images.
Jennifer Lopez in Zuhair Murad at the 2013 Golden Globes.

After a series of prototypically J. Lo, yet unsurprising, looks, this Versace gown is sleek, edgy, and chic.

Jennifer Lopez in Versace at Fashion Rocks in New York, New York, September 2014. Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic.

J. Lo's looks have gotten increasingly dramatic in just the past few years — 2000 Versace aside — and she takes it a step further for the 2015 Oscars.

Jennifer Lopez in Zuhair Murad at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills, California, February 2015. Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic.

At first glance, this gown is classic Elie Saab: very, very pretty, but unsurprising. It's only on closer look that you realize the sheer illusion disguising a plunging neck.

Jennifer Lopez in Elie Saab at the 87th annual Academy Awards in Hollywood, California, February 2015. Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage.

She's claimed the illusion dress for her own these past few years. Rihanna and Beyoncé had better watch their backs.
Jennifer Lopez in Atelier Versace at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala in New York, New York, May 2015. Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic.

On a red carpet crowded with stunning looks, J. Lo still saves some of the attention for herself in a canary yellow gown paired with a dark red lip. While the dress — high slit, built-in cape — is classic J. Lo, it's the dark makeup that makes it a real step in her red carpet evolution.

Jennifer Lopez in Giambattista Valli at the 73rd annual Golden Globes in Beverly Hills, California, January 2016. Photo by Getty Images.

Jennifer Lopez in Dolce & Gabbana. Photo by Getty Images.
Jennifer Lopez. Photo by Getty Images.
Jennifer Lopez in Zuhair Murad. Photo by Getty Images
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