Temilade Openiyi, better known by her stage name Tems, is a Nigerian musician who has discussed her decision to wear a flashy attire to the 2023 Oscars.
The Grammy Award winner faced a barrage of criticism after some attendees to the event on Sunday complained that the garment blocked their view. Hollywood's elite attended the annual award ceremony at the Dolby Centre in Los Angeles while dressed to the nines.
As the Nigerian singer came at the gathering, Tems' attire caught everyone's attention. She was dressed in a white sculptural gown from the AW22 Leleka Couture line by Ukrainian label Lever Couture. The garment contains a big headdress which makes it difficult for anyone behind Tems to see what is in front owing to how view-obstructing the headpiece is. Tems explained her decision to wear the lavish gown in an interview with Harper's Bazzar.
The Grammy-winning artist claimed that she made the decision to "go all out" and "make the most" of her first Oscars appearance. She said; “Two years ago, I would’ve said no to this dress,” she said. “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!”
For the soundtrack to the film, "Lift Me Up," which she co-wrote with the legendary singer Rihanna, music producer Ludwig Göransson, and Black Panther director Ryan Coogler, Tems received an Oscar nomination for Best Original Song. Yet "Naatu Naatu," by Kaala Bhairava and Rahul Sipligunj, took first place.
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