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Friday 19 December 2014

Jennifer Lopez: Versace dress was surprising

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Jennifer Lopez

42ND GRAMMY AWARDS AT THE STAPLES CENTRE, LOS ANGELES, AMERICA - 23 FEB 2000
Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez had no idea the Versace gown she sported to the Grammy's in 2000 would be so thrilling.

The singer wore the plunging palm-printed dress to the Grammy Awards in 2000.

Jennifer graces the latest edition of W magazine where she recalled her shock at the response the sea green chiffon gown received.

“We had looked at a few dresses, and nothing was right,” Jennifer explained. “My stylist said, 'There’s this one dress, but other people have worn it.' I tried on the Versace and decided to wear it anyway. But I was still surprised by the reaction: when I came onstage with David Duchovny, who was the biggest star in the world then, he said to the audience, ‘Nobody is looking at me.' This loud sound started from the back of the room - it was kind of like a roar, over me in the dress."

At the time Jennifer was dating American rapper P Diddy. It was only when she returned to her seat that she understood why the revealing number had been so thrilling.

"When I went to my seat, I said, ‘What’s the big deal?!’ Puffy and Benny [Medina, her manager] were waiting, and they said, ‘You have to take pictures in that dress ,'” she smiled.

In January Jennifer told the US edition of Harper's Bazaar that she has kept the Versace gown as a souvenir.

The 43-year-old joked she gets it out to look at occasionally.

“I have that at home [the iconic Versace dress],” Jennifer confessed.

“The other day, my housekeeper put it on a mannequin in my spa, where I get my hair and make-up done. She sent me a picture. She was like, ‘You like this dress?’ Um, yeah, but I don't know if I like it out in the house!”

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