Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez in THAT Versace dress in 2000


Jennifer Lopez did more than make headlines when she wore that Versace dress to the Grammy Awards in 2000 – she made history.

Unbeknownst to the singer at the time, the semi-sheer tropical-print dress, with navel-grazing neckline, would be the catalyst for the creation of Google Image Search. Yes, really.

Up until that moment in 2000, we had only been able to search for things via plain old words. But once J Lo stepped out in that statement gown, a whole new world opened up.

'At the time, it [the dress] was the most popular search query we had ever seen,' Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt wrote in an article recently. 'But we had no surefire way of getting users exactly what they wanted: J­Lo wearing that dress. Google Image Search was born.' There you have it. Jennifer Lopez: Internet Pioneer.

And there we were thinking Google Image would have come about thanks to hordes frantically searching for pictures of kittens doing unspeakably cute things. Turns out we've got the Internet all wrong. Kind of...

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