Tiffany Haddish Wears Stunning Traditional Eritrean Attire On Oscars Night To Honor Her Late Father
"He said one day, I would end up here."
It's Oscars night and Tiffany Haddish stole the show at the red carpet in our books.
The Eritrean-American comedian and Girls Trip star used attending the star-studded event as a great opportunity to honor her late Eritrean father, who, like any other proud parent, knew she would end up where she is tonight.
"My father is from Eritrea and he passed away last year—and he said one say I would end up here; and if I ever end up at the Oscars to honor my people, so I'm honoring my fellow Eritreans."
Watch the clip from her interview below.
Tiffany Haddish's #Oscars dress is a tribute to Eritrea, where her father lived until he passed away last year https://t.co/ebJj1ryPMm— Jarett Wieselman (@Jarett Wieselman)1520208548.0
Haddish is donning a zuria, an embroidered dress worn by women in Eritrea and Ethiopia, topped with a kaba—a cape you'll see a habesha bride and groom wear at weddings.
With her ululation and eskista, it's heartwarming to see her be so excited to be present at the Oscars, as well as put one on for her people.
And folks on social media couldn't agree more.
I just LOVE that @TiffanyHaddish is paying homage to her late, Eritrean dad, who made her promise that if she ever… https://t.co/nHUr7krLyp— Awesomely Luvvie (@Awesomely Luvvie)1520210741.0
Tiffany Haddish really pulled up to the Oscars with her Ka’ba and Zuria on while eleleleling on TV. What a time. https://t.co/S0SU9kDThY— Buna Time Podcast 🎧 (@Buna Time Podcast 🎧)1520208837.0
WHEN TIFFANY HADDISH SAID I’M HONORING MY FELLOW ERITREANS ELELELELELE I *FELT* THAT— Muna Mire (@Muna Mire)1520210174.0
So excited to see @TiffanyHaddish beautifully representing my Eritrean people on the red carpet! Elelelele! 😍😍🇪🇷🇪🇷 https://t.co/Tdw2SOC6tD— Lydia Grmai (@Lydia Grmai)1520211407.0
Back in January, Haddish recently shared her emotional homecoming to her father's land, where she felt like she was finally home. Read more here.
Correction 03/05/2018: This piece has been edited to reflect the zuria as an embroidered dress instead of a hooded dress. Habesha women can accompany the zuria with a net'zela—a sheer piece of cotton one can drape over the dress. Thanks to Bethel Habte for the correction.