Jennifer Lopez Explains Why She Almost Scrapped Her 'Jungle' Dress Days Before The Grammys

It was the reason that Google image search was first created, but JLo was awfully close to putting her famous green gown into the no pile.

It's been 20 years since Jennifer Lopez wore the green jungle print plunging gown that turned heads everywhere at the Grammy Awards in 2000.

And on Friday night in celebration of the history making moment, the singer wore a replica of her original gown to end the Versace show at Milan Fashion Week.

Yet it all could've been completely different, at least if JLo's stylist had got her way. Speaking about the dress to Vogue following her catwalk appearance, Lopez shared some behind the scenes intel of what actually went down prior to her appearance.

Jennifer Lopez and Donatella Versace walked the runway at the Versace show during the Milan Fashion Week. Image: Getty

Lopez was being fitted for her Grammys appearance on set during the filming of 'The Wedding Planner' and as it turns out, she wasn't the first person to wear the dress.

“My stylist was like, ‘No, you can’t wear that,’” Lopez said. “‘No, you can’t wear that one, somebody else has worn it.’”

The gown had in face already been worn by Donatella Versace herself as well and Geri Halliwell and Sandra Bulllock, who wore it in a different colour.

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Yet Lopez had limited dress options available to her at the time and the Grammys were fast approaching. So with time running out, she made the choice to go ahead and wear the dress.

 “I really didn’t think about it. I didn’t think it was all that risqué, to be honest,” she said. “I was more excited it was the Grammys. I wasn’t even thinking about the dress all that much. I was just glad I had something to wear.”

Geri Halliwell wearing the dress in 2000 (left) and Donatella Versace wearing it next to Matt Dillon in 1999 (right). Images: Getty

But once Lopez appeared on the red carpet, she said she could hear the whispers of the crowd talking about her dress, creating a buzz almost instantaneously.

“It was just one of those perfect moments...the dress was just provocative enough, I guess, to make people really interested,” Lopez said.

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The dress went on to become "the most popular search query Google had ever seen", according to former Google CEO Eric Schmidt in a 2015 essay.

“When we launched Google people were amazed that they were able to find out about almost anything by typing a few words into a computer.

Jennifer Lopez during her Grammys appearance in 2000. Image: Getty

"So our co-founders – like all successful inventors – kept iterating. After all, people wanted more than just text,” he explained at the time.

This first became apparent after the 2000 Grammys where Jennifer Lopez wore a green dress that, well, caught the world’s attention.

Schmidt said despite the huge number of queries, "we had no surefire way of getting users exactly what they wanted.”

“As a result, Google image search was born,” he wrote in an essay on Project Syndicate.

And the rest as they say, is fashion-making history.

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