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.
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!