Jennifer Lopez brought back her iconic Versace dress on ‘Saturday Night Live’

Jennifer Lopez wore the updated version of her iconic green Versace dress while hosting

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Jennifer Lopez wore the updated version of her iconic green Versace dress while hosting “Saturday Night Live.”
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Jennifer Lopez is back in that Versace dress – again.

While hosting “Saturday Night Live,” Lopez surprised the audience when she switched out of a three-piece black tuxedo to reveal an updated version of the iconic jungle-print dress.

“I walked the runway in Milan, wearing a dress I wore 20 years ago,” Lopez said during her monologue. “People say I look better now than I did then. And I’m not bragging, that’s just, you know, gossip.”

The 50-year-old star, who has appeared on “SNL” before, wore the original version of the Versace dress when she first hosted the NBC show in 2001.

In September, Lopez celebrated the 20th anniversary of her 2000 Grammys appearance in the dress when she wore an updated and more “naked” version to close out Versace’s Spring 2020 fashion show.

Jennifer Lopez walks the runway at the Versace show in September.

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Jennifer Lopez walks the runway at the Versace show in September.
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Although the dress is associated with Lopez because it inspired the creation of Google Images, she actually wasn’t the first celebrity to wear it on the red carpet.

“My stylist was like, ‘No, you can’t wear that,'” Lopez told Vogue. “No, you can’t wear that one, somebody else has worn it.'”

Jennifer Lopez wearing the original Versace dress at the 2000 Grammys.

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Jennifer Lopez wearing the original Versace dress at the 2000 Grammys.
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Spice Girls member Geri Halliwell, also known as Ginger Spice, wore the dress one month prior while attending the NJR Music Awards. Donatella Versace and Sandra Bullock also wore the now-iconic look before Lopez, though Bullock’s was a different color.

Gerri Halliwell attended the NJR Music Awards in January 2000.

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Gerri Halliwell attended the NJR Music Awards in January 2000.
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At the time, Lopez didn’t have a lot of options, so she decided to take the risk and wear the Versace dress to the Grammys.

“I really didn’t think about it. I didn’t think it was all that risqué, to be honest,” she told Vogue. “It was just one of those perfect moments – the dress was just provocative enough, I guess, to make people really interested.”