Tiffany Haddish Wears Traditional Eritrean Gown in Honor of Her Late Father to 2018 Oscars

How Tiffany Haddish’s 2018 Oscars gown is inspired by her late Eritrean father

Tiffany Haddish's Eritrean outfit for the 2018 Oscars
Tiffany Haddish’s outfit for the 2018 Oscars — her very first Academy Awards! — wasn’t only incredibly stunning, but it was also deeply meaningful. (Photo: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)

BY MCKENNA AIELLO | E! NEWS

There’s a special meaning behind Tiffany Haddish’s 2018 Oscars look.

The Girls Trip star told E!’s Ryan Seacrest on the red carpet that the traditional African gown is a nod to her Eritrean heritage, where her late father was from. Reflecting on her whirlwind year, Haddish shared, “There have been really awesome, really great times and some bad times. My father passed away this year and he’s from Eritrea.”



She recalled him telling her, “‘One day you’re going to end up at the Oscars and when you go, you have to honor your people.’ So I’m wearing an Eritrean, authentic princess dress. And I’m PROUD of it.”

What a tribute!

Heartwarming dedication aside, Haddish is most certainly ready to have the time of her life at her very first Academy Awards.

The lovable comedienne said she’s most looking forward to “meeting Meryl Streep and asking her to be my mama,” adding, “I’m looking forward to having drinks with Whoopi Goldberg.

I’m looking forward to doing the ‘Nae, Nae’ with everybody, and I’m definitely looking forward to presenting an Oscar.”

The night has only just begun, and something tells us Tiffany every A-lister inside the Dolby Theater will have a new BFF by the curtain call.




Tiffany Haddish at 2018 Oscars

Tiffany Haddish on the Oscars 2018 Red Carpet
Tiffany Haddish on the Oscars 2018 Red Carpet

BY COLLEEN KRATOFIL | PEOPLE

Just three days ago Tiffany Haddish wasn’t sure what she was going to wear to the Oscars.

But in just a few days she managed to find a dress that’s both gorgeous and meaningful.

The presenter arrived at the 2018 Academy Awards wearing a cream gown with a fitted bodice and full skirt, plus a black cape with black-and-gold embroidery throughout that has a very touching backstory.

During a stop on the carpet, she told ABC that her look was in tribute to her father, who was from the northeast African country, Eritrea, and passed away last year.

“He said one day I would end up here and if I ever ended up at the Oscars to honor my people so I’m honoring my fellow Eritreans,” she said.

So she chose this traditional Eritrean dress to pay tribute to her father and her family’s roots.

Her beauty look consisted of an updo featuring soft curls framing her face and topped off with gold jewelry.

Last week she told PEOPLE that she still wasn’t sure what she was going to wear to the Academy Awards, but did have her clutch all ready to go.

“The one thing I have to have in my purse on Oscar Sunday is some breath mints because I’m definitely going to be eating.”