This Jennifer Lopez outfit is the reason Google image search exists

Yes, really.

Yes, really.

Jennifer Lopez is one of the most talked-about women in the world. This was no exception this week as she tied the knot with Ben Affleck, 20 years after the couple originally started dating.

Jen and Ben met in 2002 while working on their film Gigli, dating for 18 months and even getting engaged before their shock split in 2004.

This weekend, after rekindling their romance last year, the couple tied the knot in their wedding 2.0, saying their vows before family and A-list friends in Georgia.

While Jennifer's Ralph Lauren bridal gown was undoubtedly doing the rounds this morning, there was a different story that got people talking the most.

The resurfaced anecdote refers to Jennifer's 2000 Grammys gown - a look that actually prompted the invention of Google Image search.

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Yes, really. It emerged a few years ago that one of Jennifer Lopez’s red carpet looks (the green sheer Versace scarf dress) is actually responsible for the existence of Google image search, with the below the belly button plunging neckline quite literally breaking the internet.

Let’s not forget, this was a whopping 22 years ago, long before the days of Lady Gaga’s meat dress or Rose McGowan’s topless chainmail outfit. At this point, the most avant-garde red carpet looks to happen were when Justin and Britney wore quadruple denim or when Christina Aguilera showed her midriff.

Needless to say, everyone was talking about J-Lo’s revealing green dress and wanted to see the pictures for themselves.

"At the time, it was the most popular search query we had ever seen, but we had no surefire way of getting users exactly what they wanted: J-Lo wearing that dress", explained Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google. For that reason, he explained "Google image search was born."

When asked about her role in Google image search’s existence by E! News, J-Lo replied, "I heard that, who knew?!", before joking about not being compensated. "I'm a little bit upset about it. I'm sure Versace's in on it as well."

When asked what she would have liked to have got from it, Jennifer Lopez replied light-heartedly, "Just a small part of it…a truck full of money."

Jenny Proudfoot
Features Editor

Jenny Proudfoot is an award-winning journalist, specialising in lifestyle, culture, entertainment, international development and politics. She has worked at Marie Claire UK for seven years, rising from intern to Features Editor and is now the most published Marie Claire writer of all time. She was made a 30 under 30 award-winner last year and named a rising star in journalism by the Professional Publishers Association.