Tems’ Stunning Oscars 2023 Look Sparks Conversations

Singer and songwriter Tems’ Oscars look drew admiration from followers Sunday, but it surely additionally left some viewers at house scratching their heads.

Tems wore a shocking white Lever Couture robe that featured a cloud-like structured hood that prolonged above her head. The “Free Mind” singer was nominated this yr for Best Original Song for “Lift Me Up,” the “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” observe she co-wrote.

Tems on the ninety fifth Academy Awards on Sunday in Hollywood.

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While the singer’s look acquired some reward on social media, some Twitter customers identified that Tems’ ensemble possible obstructed the views of visitors seated behind her on the ceremony.

Some even criticized the artist for seeming thoughtless towards the individuals round her.

But different Twitter customers took a extra nuanced view of Tems’ robe.

Some individuals celebrated the truth that a Black lady unapologetically took up area at a traditionally white ceremony that has lengthy confronted criticism for a scarcity of range in its nominees and winners. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was slammed for shutting out a number of Black filmmakers and performers from latest movies, similar to “The Woman King” and “Till,” in its Oscars nominations this yr.

BuzzFeed reporter Ade Onibada wrote in an article printed Monday that Tems, who’s Nigerian, wore an ensemble that was harking back to a gele, a conventional head tie worn in Nigeria.

Other individuals identified that celebrities, similar to Lady Gaga, have worn view-blocking outfits at award ceremonies on a number of events.

“Lady Gaga been wearing contraptions to award shows for years and 3 other women have worn similar dresses this award season but SURE, call Tems obnoxious and inconsiderate,” tweeted prison lawyer Olayemi Olurin.

Lady Gaga at the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards in 2010 in Los Angeles.
Lady Gaga on the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards in 2010 in Los Angeles.

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Tems might have responded to a few of the hoopla surrounding her Oscars look.

The singer tweeted several photos of her sporting the robe Sunday night time, writing within the put up, “Oops.”