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Not Everyone Knows That Jennifer Lopez’s Famous Green Versace Grammy Dress Actually Launched Google Images

Not Everyone Knows That Jennifer Lopez’s Famous Green Versace Grammy Dress Actually Launched Google Images

In Summer 2019 the Council of Fashion Designers of America will acknowledge what her fans have always known: that Jennifer Lopez is a fashion icon. On April 16th, the CFDA announced that Lopez will be the 2019 recipient of their Fashion Icon Award. Considered the “Oscar’s of Fashion,” the award has been bestowed on impecable dressers such as Beyoncé, Rihanna, and Lady Gaga. However, this is the first time she or any a Latina will be honored by the council as an Icon.

Ever since the world received their first glimpse of JLo, her genuine talent and impressive personal style have won her fame and fans. Whether she’s wearing couture or a tracksuit, Lopez has the confidence and personal style to own any look. We can’t wait to see what outfit she will rock at the CFDA Awards on June 3rd but — considering what we’ve already seen — we know it will be iconic.

Here are some of JLo’s most en vogue looks that prove she’s an undisputed fashion icon.

1. The most fly of the Fly Girls.

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The first time the world got a real look from Lopez, she was showing off her moves with other dancers on “In Living Color.” Not only did the comedy show hype us to her dance moves, but it also introduced her cool-girl style. In addition to being one of the few people who actually looked good in the early 90s, Lopez was a fan of crop tops from way back when. Some things just never go out of style.

2. ¡Viva Selena!

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For her part as the Tejano queen, Lopez borrowed some staple styles from another Latina fashion icon. When the public first saw JLo as Selena, there was an honest shock at how right she looked in the singer’s classic outfits. Selena’s purple jumpsuit, bustier, and even her casual styles were amazing on her. We should have known then to expect great things from the starlet — both in her career and in her future looks.

3. Glitz and glamour at the Oscar’s.

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Lopez’s performance in “Selena” earned her critical acclaim and a nomination for a Golden Globe. Later that same year, she turned heads at the 69th annual Academy awards. Wearing a lacy light purple Badgely Mischka gown, JLo shined like the star she was quickly becoming.

4. The era of bikini tops and joggers.

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On May 11, 1999, Lopez released her first music video for “If You Had My Love.” Besides bringing us a video with a unique voyeuristic look at cyberspace at the dawn of the new millennium, it also offered several hip looks. While all outfits in this video are still pretty stylish, this bikini top, jogger, and body jewelry outfit is quintessential JLo.

5. Jenny from the Block.

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What’s needed for a good JLo music video? A romantic Male lead, amazing choreography and several fierce costume changes. That’s why “Jenny From The Block” is a great video and a fashion icon moment. It’s hard to choose just one chic fashion choice but Lopez made those Manolo boots famous so this look has to wins.

6. The dress that launched Google Images.

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After the public saw Lopez in that legendary green Versace dress at the 2000 Grammy’s, they couldn’t get enough. In fact, searches for JLo in that dress was the most popular search query Google ever saw. Due to this, the young company decided to flesh out an image driven search platform — aka Google Images. Considering this dress launched a tool most people use every day, we think it’s safe to say that Lopez is a fashion icon.

7. Everyone wanted this look back in day.

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Sometimes when we look back at clothing from decades past, we’re completely baffled by what we see. Other times, those outfits are worn by JLo and we realize we’d still like to cop this look. The early 2000’s saw velour track suits become popular and Lopez’s “I’m Real” video did a lot to spark that trend.

8. The Bennifer phase had its share of looks.

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Fun fact: it’s thanks to the union of JLo and former fiance Ben Affleck that we have fun celeb couple names. Since Bennifer split, both have moved on to bigger careers and more compatible loves. JLo was going through a glam phase during their relationship and she made some really great fashion choices — including the gown she wore to the “Gigli” premiere. The movie ended as poorly as the relationship but at least we have this great dress to remember both by.

9. A little black dress that’s anything but basic.

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In 2013, the Grammy’s enforced a new dress code collectively written by all the abuelas of the world. The new code banned thongs, any necklines cut too low and all hems cut too high. Pretty controversial for the often risky reward show. Leave it to JLo to stay within the rules while still maintaining making it sexy.

10. Giving the Sun reasons to be jealous.

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Besides looking great on the red carpet, in music videos and in everyday life, JLo also brings her amazing style to editorials. In this 2013 “Harper’s Bazaar” feature, the star combined tall gladiator sandals, a canary yellow mini dress and soft, sunkissed waves. The styling is relatively simple but the impact very memorable.

11. A look that combines fashion and art.

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Some times we see clothing that reminds us that fashion is as much art as anything found in a museum. JLo wore such a dress for the 2017 Billboard Latin Music Awards. Designed by Welsh designer Julien MacDonald, the shimmering black gown has intricate cutouts to make use of negative space. It makes for a show-stopping look that’s meant to walk the runway or red carpet.

12. Even her stage looks are flawless.

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Lopez gives nothing less than visual perfection with her regular wardrobe but she brings it to a whole new level with her stage looks. Her 2018 VMA performance for MTV’s Video Vanguard is a great example of this. The golden bodysuit, sparkly thigh highs and sheer flowing cape make her look like a high fashion superhero.

13. Styled head to toe.

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Sure, she’s an entrepreneur, movie star, award winning performer and fashionista but JLo hasn’t forgotten where she came from. Here dancer origins have brought her back to TV as a judge on NBC’s “World of Dance.” To celebrate season 2 of the dance competition, Lopez shared a series of pics featuring this ruffled blouse, golden harem pants and one of the most intricate braided updo you’ll ever see.

14. JLo’s style for “InStyle.”

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Casual and colorful, Lopez blessed us with this ensemble in a December 2018 spread in “InStyle.” The tunic dress is Valentino Haute Couture as are the gorgeous emerald suede boots. Topped off with Chopard Haute earrings, this is an effortlessly hip outfit.

15. Green dress 2.0.

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That “InStyle” spread gave us so much JLo fashion goodness that we’re still obsessing over it. One such bold look is the sparkly Valentino Haute Couture cape she wore with nothing else on. The star looks great in anything and we’re more than a little jelly. Still, we’re okay with it if it means we get to see great editorial styles like this.

16. As pink as she pleases.

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Looking like she just stepped out of a telenovela, JLo shared this fine feathered frock on social media. The cut is modest but she still looks incredibly feminine and romantic in this soft pink color. The glitzy addition of those blinged-out earrings are just icing on the cake.

17. #GymGoals

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This might seem like a weird flex, but this seemingly low-glamore ensemble is one of our favorites on this list. Who else do you know that looks this high fashion in a track suit? Nobody, that’s who. Her addition of shiny stilettos and oversized gold hoops has us really vibing with this complete picture.

18. This dress is a religious experience.

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The MET Gala is all about pageantry and our favorite looks are always the ones that dress for that year’s theme. Lopez did great service to 2018’s theme of “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” with her ornate Balmain gown. What’s even better is that the hand embellished piece was later auctioned off to benefit HIV research. We love a good cause as much as we love this dress.

19. Cute and sexy all in one.

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As an international star, JLo does her fair share of jet-setting. One such trip to the United Arab Emirates saw Lopez and fiance Alex Rodriguez stepping out to elite nightclub Base. There, the star rocked this adorable and flirty Balmain minidress. The combination of soft ruffles and peek-a-boo cutouts make for a style that is both sweet and sexy.

20. Simply jaw dropping.

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If you ever doubt Lopez’s fashion sense, take a look at this awe-inspiring dress. Worn to the “Vanity Fair” Oscar after-party, this Tom Ford mosaic dress illuminated with hues of pink, purple, blue and silver. This gown photographed beautifully and was the absolute perfect choice for a master poser like JLo. The girl really knows her angles.

Pagebreaks – 3 Slices Of Heaven In The Mexican Beachside You Have To Visit

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Pagebreaks – 3 Slices Of Heaven In The Mexican Beachside You Have To Visit

For decades, Mexico has been one of the main destinations for global tourism. The country offers amazing beaches where visitors can find both natural beauty and experienced hospitality workers who make their living by providing unforgettable experiences. We have selected 13 beaches that can cater for any kind of visitor and for budgets of all sizes. Remember that old Corona ad, “From where you would rather be”? Well, we would rather be in one of these slices of heaven.

1. Costa Careyes
Located in: Jalisco
Good for: high end, luxury traveling, honeymoons

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This relatively recent development is located in the Mexican state of Jalisco, so you can also visit the city of Guadalajara or the many tequila haciendas in the region. This beach is pristine and hasn’t been developed as much as classics such as Acapulco or Cancun. It is pricey, but ideal for a romantic getaway or a honeymoon… you might leave the room for a bit just to witness the stunning sunsets. You can find more details here: https://www.careyes.com/.

2. Puerto de Veracruz
Located in: Veracruz, Gulf of Mexico
Good for: old fashioned Mexican charm

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Veracruz is one of the oldest cities in Mexico, the port where the Spanish started the development of the new colony. The old port has been revitalized in recent years, and you can experience the charm of jarochos: you can smoke a cigar while sipping a cafe con leche in the traditional La Parroquia. You can also listen to nostalgic regional son jarocho or join old folks in a communal dance known as danzon. 

3. Bahia de Los Angeles
Located in: Baja California
Good for: those who love the stunning desert/ocean combo

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Less developed than beach towns such as La Paz and Los Cabos. This is a dream for those who love the combination of desert and sea. The Gulf of California bathes beaches that are red and feature spectacular rock formations crowned by cacti and succulents that defy the laws of gravity. A surreal but soothing destination. 

4. Isla Holbox
Located in: Quintana Roo, Yucatan Peninsula
Good for: just relaxing on a hammock as the waves caress the sand

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This island north of the Yucatan Peninsula is truly heaven on earth. It is part of the Yum Balam Nature Reserve, so it is not highly developed. The island is separated from the mainland by a lagoon which features flamingos and pelicans. Good to know: no cars are allowed on the island.

5. Isla Mujeres
Located in: the Caribbean Sea, near Cancun
Good for: snorkeling and scuba diving

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Another paradisiac highlight in the Yucatan Peninsula. This island has amazing beaches such as Playa Norte, plenty of resorts and scuba diving and snorkeling experiences. Even though it only has 4.22 km², it has it all: a lighthouse, Mayan ruins and even a sanctuary for sea turtles. 

6. Puerto Vallarta
Located in: Jalisco
Good for: going out and sleeping in!

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This traditional beach destination captivated filmmaker John Huston when he shot The Night of the Iguana here. Elizabeth Taylor, who was tagging along with her then-husband Richard Burton, also fell in love with the dramatic landscape, food and good vibes of this awesome place, which is also famous for its vibrant nightlife. A perfect alternative for those who find Cancun and Los Cabos to be just a bit too touristy. It is near the Tequila region, so a little stop is in order.

7. Mazunte
Located in: Oaxaca
Good for: cheap and low key hippie vibes

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This has been the de facto destination for Mexico City natives that just want to relax by the beach and eat some delicious Oaxacan food. Even though it is now a bit more developed than some would wish, it still retains a mystic but relaxed atmosphere. People feel so at ease that it is sort of a nudist beach: if that is your thing, clothes away! Seriously, one of the most beautiful places on Earth.

8. Mazatlan
Located in: Sinaloa
Good for: spectacular scenery and delicious seafood, Sinaloa style

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An oldie but goodie. This resort town borders the Pacific shoreline in the state of Sinaloa. It was an impressive boardwalk or malecon that covers 21 km. Old Mazatlan is a 19th-century colonial jewel with gorgeous architecture. If you are into big-game fishing, this is the place to be. You can also eat some amazing Sinaloa seafood. A taco gobernador, anyone? (if you are wondering, it has shrimp, black beans, a secret spicy sauce, and melted cheese, all in corn tortillas of course!). 

9. Playa Ventura
Located in: Guerrero
Good for: relaxing times and amazing food in a rustic environment

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Near the legendary but now dangerous Acapulco lies this beach which is visited by turtles and offers a rustic experience. Food is just great: pescado a la talla and lobster smothered in chili and butter. What is not to like? We hope it keeps that rustic feel and that development doesn’t translate into big resorts. 

10. Los Cabos
Located in: Baja California Sur
Good for: sea life watching

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A classic destination full of top-end resorts, but also the home of a charming town and plenty of spectacular animal sightings. You can take a whale watching tour or watch seals basking in the Baja sun. There are of course plenty of restaurants, bars, and nightclubs. And by the way, you might spot one of the many Hollywood A-listers who have made Cabo their preferred holiday spot. While you are here, why not rent a car and travel up the Baja peninsula all the way to the wine region near Ensenada?

11. Punta Cometa and Playa Mermejita
Located in: Oaxaca
Good for: thinking about la inmortalidad del cangrejo

 

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On the way to the charming Playa Mermejita (in Mazunte, see above) you can stop at this spot, which offers the most romantic sunset on Earth. You can also stare at the ocean and the beach and think about your life: nothing like being away from the tribulations of your daily life to reflect on where you are going.

12. Playa Pichilinguillo
Located in: Michoacan
Good for: unadulterated natural experiences

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White sands, tame waves, and blue waters. This is a playa virgen that totally gives us The Blue Lagoon vibes. It is ideal to scuba dive or snorkel, as waters are almost transparent and fish are still unafraid of humans. The lobster here is delicious. Plus, you will be helping the local economy thrive as it is not yet subject to big transnational resort companies. 

13. Playa del Carmen
Located in: Quintana Roo
Good for: a good mix of relaxing and fiesta!

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People who got sick and tired of how gringo Cancun looks have moved their business to Playa del Carmen, which started out as a “poor relative” and is now a hot spot for nightlife and glorious days at the beach. It attracted European tourism early, so there are plenty of culinary options as some visitors just decided to stay and open their own restaurants! Prices have peaked recently, but it is still a great option for those who believe that Cancun’s best days have passed.

READ: These Latin American Beaches Are The Perfect Getaways For All Of The Beach Bums In The World

Cancun Has a Major Algae Problem and The Cause Could Be Global Warming

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Cancun Has a Major Algae Problem and The Cause Could Be Global Warming

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For the past several years, Cancun has notoriously become one of The Summer Spots. With promises of cheap beer, crystal clear surf and fun hangs, tourists typically flock to the vacation destination for good times in the spring and summer in troves. The location’s sands, beaches, and resorts are typically packed by this time of year, but a nasty visitor is washing up on the shores of these beaches, scaring off the usual summertime travel industry.

For the past several months, an invasion of seaweed-like algae hasn’t been just an eyesore for tourists, it’s also been a nasal deterrent.

Hundreds of pounds of seaweed-like algae is washing up on the shores of Cancun and it’s ruining the city’s tourist season.

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The past several months, the sunny resort town has been inundated with slimy, brown seaweed-like algae. It’s name is sargassum and it has washed up all along the coast around Cancun; stretching all the way down to Playa del Carmen and even further to Tulum. With the stench of rotten eggs, the algae smells just as gross as it looks and makes for a pretty unappealing soggy mess. It’s definitely not the sort of beach conditions that encourage tourists to visit.

Though Cancun businesses are feeling the effects of this invasion, the president of Mexico isn’t as concerned. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has reportedly called the problem controllable and has only allocated 2.6 Million for the removal of the algae. The removal is a slow process — being shoveled away by city workers — but the lack of resources makes the task even more difficult. Also, the endless onslaught of fresh algae with every tide doesn’t help. Even using front loaders and trucks for the cleanup, the work takes several hours and results in an algae-covered beach only moments later.

Officials aren’t certain what the cause of this algae is but there are clues that point to it being caused by major global issues.

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Scientists have suggested that the increase in algae is caused by the warming of our Earth because of the global climate change we are currently experiencing. This is the same hypothesis that has been suggested to explain Florida’s Red Tide. Earlier this month, scientists at the University of South Florida used satellite imaging to discover the largest bloom of the algae in the world. It’s being called the Great Atlantic Sargassum Belt and it is impacting beaches along North, Central, and South America.

Others believe that deforestation is to blame for the assault of algae on these beaches. Due to the logging and increased use of herbicide and fertilizers by Brazilian lumber companies in the Amazon forest, dangerous runoff flows into the ocean. The nutrients in these fertilizers encourage the growth of the algae; causing super blooms to occur.

In a release about a study of these super blooms, Dr. Chuanmin Hu of the USF College of Marine Science expressed concern about the state of the Atlantic ocean. He has predicted that:

“The ocean’s chemistry must have changed in order for the blooms to get so out of hand.”

Regardless of what the Mexican president and scientists say, locals who face this problem every day are the ones most impacted by the algae.

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Tourism in the community has taken a major hit during a time when Mexico is already heading towards a recession. The first three weeks of June, hotel occupancy in the area dropped by 3.4%. Air travel to the city also saw numbers that aren’t as optimistic as Cancun usually sees during this time of year. It only claimed 1.2%, the smallest amount of growth that the area has seen since 2011.

It isn’t just the international travel industry that loses money to the algae. In a city like Cancun, as much as 40% of jobs are tied to tourism alone. Events like this — that impact the beaches so severely — threaten the livelihood of locals. The Mexican transportation industry, local artisans, restaurants, beach resorts, and sight-seeing locations depend on this busy season to provide the bulk of their yearly income. In order to lure travelers, hotels in the area are even running specials. In many places in Cancun, tourists can get as much as 20% off rooms and free transportation to unaffected beaches.

Cleaning up after this mess will take a lot more than a few hundred shovels.

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Reversing the effects of climate change can not really be accomplished on an individual level. Realistically, a single person does not cause this damage. Instead, it is large conglomerations that hurt our Earth with their anti-environmental policies. Until the governments of the world decide to hold these companies accountable, nothing productive will be done to stop this damage.

Right now, we’re seeing this onslaught of algae but who knows what is in store for our environment if we don’t make major improvements soon. It’s more than just our Cancun vacations that are counting on these changes.

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