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The Story Behind Tiffany Haddish’s Stunning Oscar Dress

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If there’s anybody who’s having a better year than Tiffany Haddish, we would not believe it. After her hit movie Girl’s Trip, she’s hosted SNL, inked a new deal with Netflix, and stole the show at the 90th Academy Awards when she presented along with fellow comedian Maya Rudolph.

Tiffany also stole the show at the red carpet earlier that day when she showed up dressed in a traditional Eritrean dress, cape and all. The story of the dress is the story of Tiffany’s heritage.

Tiffany was born to Leola (an African American) and Tsihaye Reda Haddish, an Eritrean immigrant. Although she had a fractured relationship with her father, who left when she was only 3, she has always expressed her love for her father and the difficulties she has faced as he came in and out of her life. She took to social media last year to express her worry when her father fell ill. 

This was one of the Happiest Days of my life. Because that was the day I learned that dreams do come true. I didn't know my father growing up, and I used to work Bat mitzvahs and weddings and whenever the father and daughter dance happen I would get so jealous because I thought that would never happen for me. Then I met a man that said he would make my Dream come true of my father walking down the aisle and Dancing with my Daddy. My X husband did just that. Even though my Dad didn't want me to get married he stood right by my side. I cried so hard when we danced because there I was in my Daddy's arms. He said something to me I dreamed of him saying to me all of my life. He said " Tiffany you are the most beautiful woman in the world and I am so proud of you. Even when you wrong you are right in my eyes. I am here for you." That was it I started to ugly cry. Now my Daddy is in the Hospital with Heart failure and pneumonia. I am praying he lives so he can see me win awards, walk me down the aisle again, meet his Grandchildren I have yet to give him and share the success I have yet to gain. Daddy I Love you! God Please don't let my Daddy Die.

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After her father passed away, Tiffany traveled to the East African country for the first time to pay her respects and reconnect with the Eritrean side of her family. In the interview with Eritrea state television, Tiffany described her trip as a fulfilling and exciting experience.


So on Hollywood’s biggest night, Tiffany showed up in a traditional Eritrean dress to honor her heritage. “He said one day I would end up here, and if I ever end up at the Oscars to honor my people,” she told ABC. “So I’m honoring my fellow Eritreans.” 

And social media went crazy for the dress! 





A dress fit for a queen! Get it Tiff! 


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