Jennifer Lopez, a powerhouse Latina in Hollywood for nearly three decades, has continuously commanded attention with her music, films, physique, and personal style. While her breakout role in the biographical film “Selena” initially thrust her into the spotlight, it was a bold fashion choice that truly etched her into the hall of fame of pop culture history. At the 42nd Grammy Awards in 2000, Lopez donned a jaw-dropping green Versace dress, igniting such fervor that it sparked the creation of Google Images. Since then, J.Lo has ascended to icon status in the world of fashion, effortlessly dazzling in music videos, awards shows, and notably, the Met Gala.

The Met Gala, a pinnacle of extravagance in the fashion realm since its inception in 1948, holds a special place in Lopez’s sartorial journey. Making her debut in 1994, she has graced the event 14 times and anticipates her 15th appearance with heightened excitement this year. What sets this forthcoming gala apart is her role as co-host — a first for the luminary. Alongside other stars like Bad Bunny, Zendaya, Chris Hemsworth, and Anna Wintour, who curates the guest list annually, Lopez will take the stage as co-host, amplifying her influence in the fashion sphere. This year’s theme, “The Garden of Time,” commemorates the Costume Institute’s latest exhibition, “Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion.”

As we eagerly await Jennifer Lopez’s ensemble for the 2024 Met Gala, known for her daring fashion choices and trendsetting style, let’s journey through some of her most unforgettable moments at the prestigious event.

2004: “Dangerous Liaisons: Fashion and Furniture in the 18th Century”

JLo wears Dolce & Gabbana alongside designers Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce. Credit: Getty Images.

After attending her first Met Gala in 1999, Lopez returned in 2004 and asserted her status as a fashion force in a black gothic Dolce & Gabbana gown, aligning with the “Dangerous Liaisons: Fashion and Furniture in the 18th Century” theme. Paired with striking earrings and a daring red lip, her presence alongside designers Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce was nothing short of captivating.

2010: “American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity”

JLo wears Zuhair Murad. Credit: Getty Images.

In 2010, the Met Gala embraced the theme “American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity.” Lopez made a dazzling statement in a strapless tulle gown designed by Zuhair Murad for the occasion, complemented by a sultry smoky eye makeup look and a fringe bang hairstyle.

2011: “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty”

JLO wears Gucci. Credit: Getty Images.

In a stunning display of style prowess, the fashion icon commanded attention in a vibrant red Gucci dress to the 2011 Met Gala themed “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty.” The ensemble boasted a striking floral shoulder shrug, perfectly showcased against Lopez’s sleek, slicked-back hair and coordinating lip color.

2013: “PUNK: Chaos to Couture”

JLo wears Michael Kors. Credit: Getty Images.

In a nod to the “PUNK: Chaos to Couture” theme, Lopez showcased her versatility in a form-fitting animal print Michael Kors dress. While the gown exuded punk aesthetics, it was her edgy faux-mohawk updo that stole the spotlight, showcasing a side of Lopez’s style repertoire rarely seen before.

2017: “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between”

JLo wears Valentino. Credit: Getty Images.

At the 2017 Met Gala, themed “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art of the In-between,” Lopez made a stunning appearance in an enchanting blue gown by Valentino. The dress featured a graceful turtleneck and flowy train, adding an extra touch of elegance to her look.

2018: “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination”

JLo wears Balmain. Credit: Getty Images.

Among Lopez’s most talked-about Met Gala ensembles was her appearance in 2018 for the “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” theme. Adorned in a Balmain gown featuring a bold torso cross design, the dress boasted a daring slit and jewels that were individually sewn onto the dresses feathers.

2019: “Camp: Notes on Fashion”

JLo wears Versace. Credit: Getty Images.

At the 2019 Met Gala, themed “Camp: Notes on Fashion,” Lopez radiated in a silver-beaded Versace gown, epitomizing camp extravagance. Adorned with a flapper-style headpiece and a breathtaking Harry Winston necklace featuring a 65.32-carat purple sapphire pendant, she effortlessly embodied the spirit of the event.

2023: “Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty”

JLo wears custom Ralph Lauren. Credit: Getty Images.

At last year’s Met Gala, themed “Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty,” Lopez exuded fierce femininity in a custom Ralph Lauren ensemble, showcasing a midriff-baring halter gown paired with a flowing pink silk satin skirt, all meticulously crafted by hand. Completing her look with towering platforms, black silk evening gloves, and exquisite diamond jewelry from Lorraine Schwartz, Lopez added a touch of edgy elegance with a leather beret trimmed with fishnet material, a statement piece she embraced throughout the evening.

With each Met Gala appearance, Jennifer Lopez continues to redefine fashion and solidify her status as an enduring icon in the industry, leaving an indelible mark on the red carpet and beyond. Not to mention, her upcoming role as co-host promises an exciting evening to look forward to, adding an extra layer of excitement to her already highly anticipated presence at the event.