Tems says her view-blocking Oscars costume was an ‘oops’

Nigerian singer-songwriter Tems has one phrase for critics of her fabulous however monumental Oscars robe:


That’s what the Oscar nominee tweeted Monday afternoon after memes and a video of a lady attempting to look round her cloud-like, view-impinging white robe within the Oscars viewers went viral. She gracefully included a blushing emoji and 4 element pictures of her placing ensemble.

Tems, whose full identify is Temilade Openiyi, was nominated for the tune Oscar for co-writing “Lift Me Up” from “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.” The 27-year-old co-wrote the tune with Rihanna, director Ryan Coogler and Ludwig Göransson. Rihanna carried out “Lift Me Up” in the course of the Academy Awards broadcast, however “Naatu Naatu” from the film “RRR” took residence the trophy.

The robe — which was simply noticed in overhead photographs on TV as a giant white dot amongst an in any other case moderately uniform seated Oscars viewers — sparked an assortment of sartorial reward, lighthearted memes and allegations of disrespect amongst on-line commenters.

One of them summed up the state of affairs, tweeting, “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.”

Tems’ sculptural robe was by Lever Couture and struck a temper much like the royal blue Gaurav Gupta creation that Cardi B wore to the 2023 Grammys. But whereas Cardi become an archival Paco Rabanne chain-mail robe to honor that lately deceased designer when she offered a Grammy in February, Tems slid right into a strapless black robe with an ultra-high leg slit for the Vanity Fair Oscars after-party — and nothing above the shoulders which may block the opposite visitors’ views of Hollywood royalty as they noshed on In-N-Out.

Tems modified from an enormous white robe right into a smooth black one earlier than attending Sunday’s 2023 Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills.

(Cindy Ord / VF23 / Getty Images for Vanity Fair)

Times workers author Nardine Saad contributed to this text.

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