Spice Girls star Geri Halliwell wore the Versace jungle dress one month before J.Lo

"In terms of my career, this dress really marked the moment in time. If you don't know my music and you don't know my movies, people know about that moment and that dress," Jennifer Lopez explained to Vogue about her iconic Versace dress from the 2000 Grammys.

The jungle print plunging gown was revisited for the 20-year-anniversary of the dress -- debuting a reworked version for the finale of Versace's Spring 2020 show during Milan Fashion Week, where J.Lo walked the runway. (The dress is available on Moda Operandi)

However, what most people don't know is that J.Lo was actually not the first to wear the green silk chiffon gown. One month before Lopez's stylist at the time, Andrea Lieberman (who now spearheads A.L.C.), presented the singer with dress options for the awards show, Leiberman insisted she not wear the dress since Geri Halliwell from Spice Girls had already worn it.

Yep, Ginger Spice rocked the daring-cut dress to the 1st Annual NRJ Music Awards in Cannes one month prior to J.Lo presenting Best R&B Album at the 42nd Grammy Awards. And before that, Donatella herself wore it to the 1999 Met Gala, where the theme was 'Rock Style' right after Amber Valetta debuted it on the RTW runway. 

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'Spice Girls' Geri Horner in the Versace jungle dress
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'Spice Girls' Geri Horner in the Versace jungle dress
(Original Caption) Arrival of British singer Geri Halliwell. (Photo by Stephane Cardinale/Sygma via Getty Images)
Geri Halliwell (Spice Girls) during The 1st Annual NRJ Music Awards in Cannes, France. (Photo by Tony Barson Archive/WireImage)
Geri Halliwell (Spice Girls) (Photo by Tony Barson/WireImage)
Geri Halliwell (Spice Girls) in Cannes, France. (Photo by Tony Barson/WireImage)
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J.Lo might not have been the originator of the jungle dress, but she certainly made the navel-plunging gown the most famous, inspiring Google to launch Google Images after the search engine was too ill-equipped to handle the search traffic.

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Donatella Versace at the 1999 Met Gala
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Donatella Versace at Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala, New York, December 6, 1999. (Photo by Mari Sarai/Wireimage)
Donatella Versace at Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala, New York, December 6, 1999. (Photo by Mari Sarai/Wireimage)
(Original Caption) : New York City: Donatella Versace at the 1999 'Rock Style' Gala at the Met. (Photo by Mitchell Gerber/Corbis/VCG via Getty Images)
Trudie Styler, Donatella Versace, Anna Sui and Marc Jacobs at Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala, New York, December 6, 1999. (Photo by Mari Sarai/Wireimage)
UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 06: Matt Dillon and Donatella Versace arrive at the Costume Institute Gala "Rock Style," an exhibit of rock 'n' roll fashions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. (Photo by Richard Corkery/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
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Jennifer Lopez's infamous 2000 Grammy Dress
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Jennifer Lopez (Photo by Jim Smeal/Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)

Jennifer Lopez turned heads and made history books with this extremely deep-plunging neckline at the 2000 Grammys.

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Lopez arrives at the 2000 Grammy Awards in a sheer Versace gown.

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Jennifer Lopez & Puff Daddy at the Grammys in Los Angeles, California on 2-23-2000 at the Staple Center. (Photo by Barry King/WireImage)
Actress/Singer Jennifer Lopez attends the 42nd Annual Grammy Awards on February 23, 2000 at Staples Center Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - FEBRUARY 24: American actress/pop star Jennifer Lopez and American Sean "Puff Daddy" Coombes attend the 42nd annual Grammy Awards on February 24, 2000 in Los Angeles, United States. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
E364995 06: Presenter Jennifer Lopez poses backstage at the 42nd Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles February 23, 2000. (Photo by Brenda Chase)
2/23/00 Los Angeles, CA. Jennifer Lopez with Sean "Puffy" Combs at the 42nd Annual Grammy Awards. Photo by Ryan Scott/Online USA, Inc.
LOS ANGELES - FEBRUARY 23: Singer Jennifer Lopez backstage at the 42nd Annual Grammy Awards, February 23, 2000 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bob Riha, Jr./Getty Images)
(Original Caption) Jennifer Lopez, the host for the night. (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images)
Jennifer Lopez (Photo by Jim Smeal/Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
Jennifer Lopez and Puff Daddy (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)
Jennifer Lopez (Photo by Jim Smeal/Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
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