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The Reason Why Tiffany Haddish Donned a Traditional Eritrean Gown at the Oscars

Tiffany Haddish’s Oscars red carpet look was definitely one of a kind. The “Girls Trip” star took a cue from her father’s heritage and wore an Eritrean gown in his honor.

“My father is from Eritrea and he passed away last year,” she tells ABC’s Michael Strahan at the Sunday, March 4 ceremony. “And he said one day I would end up here and if I ever end up at the Oscars to honor my people and I’m honoring my fellow Eritreans. Elelelele!”

The gown, a traditional dress from the North East African country, is called a zuria according to Quartz. Such gowns are typically worn during formal ceremonies, hence why Haddish declared to E! News that “the princess of Eritrea has arrived.”

Many Eritreans applauded her gown online.

“Man I’m getting emotional. Tiffany Haddish is a real-life Nigisti,” one person tweeted, referencing her royal status.

“We stan an Eritrean queen, empress of the horn,” said another.

“Eleleleleing all day, what a time to be alive, what did we do to deserve Tiffany Haddish?” another wondered.

Although estranged from her father for years, Haddish had reconnected with him thanks to her former husband and he was able to walk her down the aisle at her wedding.

Tsihaye Reda Haddish, the comedian’s father, was reportedly a refugee and while his bond with his daughter never got especially strong, Haddish certainly values her father and his culture, as evidenced by a trip she took to Eritrea earlier this year. There, she visited the cemetery and met her family for the first time.

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This was one of the Happiest Days of my life. Because that was the day I learned that dreams do come true. I didn't know my father growing up, and I used to work Bat mitzvahs and weddings and whenever the father and daughter dance happen I would get so jealous because I thought that would never happen for me. Then I met a man that said he would make my Dream come true of my father walking down the aisle and Dancing with my Daddy. My X husband did just that. Even though my Dad didn't want me to get married he stood right by my side. I cried so hard when we danced because there I was in my Daddy's arms. He said something to me I dreamed of him saying to me all of my life. He said " Tiffany you are the most beautiful woman in the world and I am so proud of you. Even when you wrong you are right in my eyes. I am here for you." That was it I started to ugly cry. Now my Daddy is in the Hospital with Heart failure and pneumonia. I am praying he lives so he can see me win awards, walk me down the aisle again, meet his Grandchildren I have yet to give him and share the success I have yet to gain. Daddy I Love you! God Please don't let my Daddy Die.

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