The Oscars were definitely the most important event for Hollywood’s elite this past weekend. Many stars and actresses packed the Dolby Theatre to see Brendan Fraser win Best Actor, as Angela Bassett was once again passed over for a prized Academy Award. Apart from the yearly list of winners and losers, the internet has been buzzing about the numerous red carpet fashions. Tems’ lavish gown, in particular, has sparked widespread criticism online.
The Nigerian singer-songwriter’s all-white look was undeniably stunning, though the stiff fabric wrapped around her head proved to be problematic for others. After killing it on her first Oscars red carpet, Tems headed inside the venue, where her OOTN unfortunately blocked the view of those sitting behind her. In some clips circulating on socials, some attendees struggle to take in the show from behind the Best Original Song nominee.
Tems’ Oscars Look Sparks Twitter Debate
Tems dress was beautiful.
Tems is drop dead gorgeous.
Tems is my star girl and all that.
Tems blocking people’s views with her dress was inconsiderate.
People pointing that out is not racism as long as they aren’t using derogatory language.
Humans need to be more honest.
— Bibi, Bolouere (@boluxxxx) March 13, 2023
In the time since, Twitter has sparked a debate surrounding the topic, with some arguing that the 27-year-old is only facing so much backlash because she’s a successful Black woman. On the other hand, many users think that Tems’ dress of choice was “inconsiderate” of those around her, and making that known isn’t an act of hate. “People point that out is not racism, as long as they aren’t using derogatory language. Humans need to be more honest,” someone vented on Monday (March 13).
That same day, Harper’s Bazaar shared an interview with the “Free Mind” songstress, in which she explains her bold outfit’s inspiration. “Two years ago, I would’ve said no to this dress,” she told the outlet. “But it’s my first Oscars — I am going to go all out. I really wanted to make the most of the day. The dress is also my way of celebrating my work and the people around me, celebrating my country, and celebrating the people that are rooting for me. This dress says ‘Yes, yes, I am here!’”
“Lift Me Up” Co-Writer Explains Her OOTN
Her stylist, Dunsin Wright, told the magazine that his vision came together after hearing Tems say that she’s “entering a new era” at the start of 2023. “That played on my mind as I considered the perfect outfit for the Oscars. We wanted something that felt quite delicate but powerful, something that made her feel ethereal,” he shared. “It was a bold option, but I was confident that if anyone could wear it the way it needed to be worn, it was Tems.”
“She is so graceful and confident, and she makes every piece her own,” Wright praised his client. On her Twitter page, the recording artist seemingly addressed those throwing shade her way online, writing “Oops,” alongside some stunning portraits of her in the Lever Couture look. Let us know what you thought of Tems’ Oscars outfit in the comments, and check back later for more pop culture news updates.
— TEMS (@temsbaby) March 13, 2023