Why I Wore Controversial Dress To Oscars – Tems

Nigerian musician, Temilade Openiyi, widely known as Tems has revealed why she wore a controversial gown to the 2023 Oscars.

The award event took place at the Dolby Centre, Los Angeles, on Sunday and was attended by prominent Hollywood actors in glamorous style.

Tems wore a custom white sculptural gown by Ukrainian brand, Lever Couture’s AW22, Leleka Couture collection. The dress drew mixed reactions for featuring a large headpiece which some viewed as constituting an obstruction to audience members at the event.

Tems at the Oscars

Reacting in an interview with Harper’s Bazzar, Tems in a pre-Oscars interview gave behind-the-scene details on the controversial gown.

She said she decided to “go all out” and “make the most” of her first Oscars attendance.

The singer added, “Two years ago, I would’ve said no to this dress.

“But it’s my first Oscars — I am going to go all out. I really wanted to make the most of the day. The dress is also my way of celebrating my work and the people around me, celebrating my country, and celebrating the people that are rooting for me. This dress says ‘Yes, yes, I am here!’”

Commenting on her recent record-breaking feats on the international music scene, the Crazy Tings’ crooner said this was only the beginning for her.

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She said that her collaboration with global music icons such as Beyonce and Rihanna was a testament to her being on the “right path”.

Tems added, “If the biggest women in the world love my work to such an extent that they are working with me, then that must say something. My work is actually reaching places, it’s making some type of impact.

“And that is insane! I really am just trying to keep my feet on the ground and continue running and doing things that are a hundred per cent authentic to me. Evolving, learning, growing. It’s just the beginning for me.”

Tems was nominated for Best Original Song at this year’s Oscars for her collaboration with singer Rihanna; music producer, Ludwig Göransson; and Black Panther’s director, Ryan Coogler, for the movie’s soundtrack, ‘Lift Me Up’,

The category was however won by Kaala Bhairava and Rahul Sipligunj for ‘Naatu Naatu’.

Obiajulu Joel Nwolu

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