And that Versace green dress is even more iconic than we first thought…
Yes, you read right. Google’s executive chairman, Eric Schmidt, has revealed that Jennifer Lopez and Versace were responsible for the creation of Google Images.
The year was 2000 and J Lo had just werked up a storm on the Grammys red carpet in THAT slashed-to-the-navel green Versace gown. Fan girls everywhere wanted to see pictures of the dress everyone was talking about, but when they searched for them on Google, they, well, just didn’t exist.
‘When Google was launched, people were amazed that they were able to find out about almost anything by typing just a few words into a computer,’ Schmidt explained in an interview with Project Syndicate.
‘It was better than anything else, but not great by today’s standards. So our co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin – like all other successful inventors – kept iterating. After all, people wanted more than just text.’
‘This first became apparent after the 2000 Grammy Awards, where Jennifer Lopez wore a green dress that, well, caught the world’s attention. At the time, it was the most popular search query we had ever seen. But we had no sure-fire way of getting users exactly what they wanted: JLo wearing that dress. Google Image Search was born.’
The Versace dress in question was already declared iconic after the unprecedented reaction it got at the time, but Google’s new revelation adds even more to its status and history.
‘It was an unexpected success,’ Donatella Versace previously told the Canadian Press of the creation’s success. ‘The next day Jennifer was all over the place with people talking about her in that dress. It was one of those moments like Gianni had with Elizabeth Hurley and the safety-pin dress.’