Tiffany Haddish surprised everyone at the 2018 Oscars when she ditched her traditional Eritrean dress that she wore on the red carpet and appeared on stage to present two awards in her famous white Alexander McQueen dress that she previously rocked on 'Saturday Night Live' and at the premiere of 'Girls Trip.'
The rising comedian is everyone's new favorite star, ever since her breakout performance in 'Girls Trip,' and she was one of the presenters at the 90th Academy Awards alongside Maya Rudolph. The two brought the house down with their presentation and also reportedly received calls to do more co-hosting collaborations. Paul Thomas Anderson, Maya's husband has also previously expressed interest in having the two co-star in a new film.
But the one thing that stood out to viewers the most was the now iconic dress that Tiffany wore while on stage. She previously wore the white, figure-hugging dress to the 'Girls Trip' premiere and later hosted NBC's 'Saturday Night Live' in it, bringing up the dress and her decision to wear it in her monologue on the show. She said, "I feel like I should be able to wear what I want, when I want, how many ever times I want, as long as I Febreze it."
Her team told her, "Tiffany, you cannot wear that dress on SNL. You already wore it - it's taboo to wear it twice." She replied, "I don't give a dang about no taboo. I spent a lot of money on this dress. This dress cost way more than my mortgage. This is an Alexander McQueen, okay. This is a $4,000 dress! I'm [going to] wear this dress multiple times," as the audience cheered.
Tiffany said that she planned to wear the dress as much as possible - to bar mitvahs, to parties, to weddings, and even to her own funeral, and it's refreshing to see her break away from red carpet traditions and the excesses of Hollywood events, while calling out the ridiculousness of taboos about wearing a perfectly good dress more than once. Twitter users are thrilled to see the dress make a resurgence.
Tiffany isn't the first celebrity to recycle a dress on the red carpet, though. Many other celebs have reused dresses at premieres, live appearances, events, and more, including big names like Anna Wintour, Helena Bonham Carter, Kanye West, Kate Middleton, Dame Helen Mirren, Harry Styles, and Michelle Obama often being seen in the same ensemble.
However, part of the trend of not wearing the same outfit twice can be explained by the fact that some designers style celebrities for free, with the catch being that the celebrities return the outfits to the designers once they have worn and promoted them. This is a great way for the designers to get publicity while saving the big bucks.
Since Tiffany paid for her dress with her hard-earned money, she isn't letting it go to waste, and while most other dresses would gather dust in the closets of wealthy celebrities, Tiffany is changing the game with her honest and thrifty fashion choice as well as her candid personality.
Tiffany made a lot of headlines at the Oscars, with a video of her jumping across cordons in her Eritrean dress to greet Meryl Streep and curtsy before her also going viral on Twitter. She also called out to Meryl before presenting an award, saying, "Meryl, I want you to be my mama one day. Let's get this money, girl." The talented comedienne's enthusiasm is infectious and endearing.
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