Singer Tems reacts to backlash over the view-blocking dress she wore to the Oscars
Tems, a Nigerian singer, has responded to the backlash over the view-blocking dress she wore to the Oscars.
The “Lift Me Up” co-songwriter caused a stir with the enormousness and perceived enormity of her Oscars gown. Specifically when glimpses of her seated mid-row in the Dolby Theatre set off spectators who sympathized with those who sat behind the view-obstructing garment.
The cloud-like gown that the Nigerian singer wore, with a flowing arc running over her head and voluminous sleeves, was designed by Lever Couture, a Ukrainian design house based in Los Angeles, and styled by Dunsin Wright. It was displayed during Tokyo fashion week last September. The dress made waves when Tems graced Sunday’s Oscars in Hollywood with a champagne-colored gown.
While the show-stopping piece landed the 27-year-old on several best-dressed lists, it also took on a life of its own on social media, where the discourse focused on how it adversely affected Oscars attendees. Indeed, Tems was visible in several aerial shots inside the theater and when cameras panned across the room to show the audience.
The discourse has been an assortment of sartorial praise, light-hearted memes, and allegations of disrespect.
Reacting to the criticism that trailed the outfit, Tems shared photos of her in the same outfit with the caption “oops”. It also came with a blush emoji.