JLo's Dress Helped Create Google Images

Jennifer Lopez has been a perennial staple of pop culture for over a generation. From first capturing our hearts in the film version of Selena to continually churning out bubblegum pop hits like On the Floor and I Luh Ya Papi. JLo has forever cemented herself among the annals of millennial diva-dom. However, her reputation has just increased to world-shaking proportions, as she has been officially acknowledged as the reason Google Images exists.

No, Jenny from the Block is not on any executive board at Google, but she has certainly been in their thoughts. It all hearkens back to her infamous outfit she wore to the 2000 Grammy Awards, an ensemble by Versace that was all green silk and deeply, deeply plunging neckline. Naturally, everybody wanted a peek at what JLo was packing that night, but being in the year 2000, there was no where that image could be found other than a TV Guide.

Herein lies the genesis of Google Images, according to a recent article by current Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt. “At the time, it was the most popular search query we had ever seen,” he said, but hindered by the capacity of text-searches only, Google had “no sure-fire way of getting users exactly what they wanted: JLo wearing that dress.” It may be difficult to imagine a world without the ability to instantaneously summon any image of our choosing, but without the everlasting allure of Jennifer Lopez and her sheer realness, that would indeed be the world we live in. So thank you JLo, that more than makes up for the reputation of Gigli.

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