Tiffany Haddish’s Clever Response to Jada Pinkett Smith’s Assertion She Shouldn’t Wear Knock-Off Handbags

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Tiffany Haddish’s frugality led her to become a Groupon spokesperson. (Ethan James Green

If Tiffany Haddish can be counted on for anything, it’s having a reasonable answer for an odd-ball dilemma. Rather than investing thousands in designer handbags, the “Girls Trip” star has a practical reason for sticking with knock-off labels.

“When I was shooting ‘Girls Trip‘ “I had a knockoff Michael Kors bag that said MLK instead of MK,” she explained in W magazine’s May issue. “[My co-star] Jada [Pinkett Smith] told me that I shouldn’t have knockoff stuff. I told her that my philosophy is, Whatever the bag costs, I should be able to keep that amount of cash in the bag. If it’s a $300 purse, I have to put $300 in cash in that purse. I do not want a bag that is more expensive than the cash I have to put in it.”

Haddish said with things looking up for her money-wise, she’s been able to afford Fendi and Gucci bags but she still ensures she has the cash equivalent of whatever the bag costs on hand. If not, she won’t buy the purse.

“And if things start to go wrong, I’m going right back to my knockoffs,” she added. “When you’re somebody like me, who’s been homeless, clothes are not that important. Clothes are not a roof over my head, food in my ­stomach, my family’s health — that’s what money is for. But fashion helps get more money. So, we ride.”

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Tiffany Haddish is W magazine’s May 2018 cover star. (Ethan James Green)

This isn’t the first time the Groupon spokesperson has been open about getting her money’s worth in fashion. The Alexander McQueen gown she sported at the “Girls Trip” premiere last year has famously been worn twice since then, including while presenting at the Oscars in March.

“And I might wear it again,” Haddish disclosed to W. “Here’s the story of that dress: I hired a stylist for ‘Girls Trip,’ and she said, ‘Girl, if you’re trying to make it to the next level in your career, you’re going to have to spend a little money.’ I said, ‘I’m down to look my best. Whatever it takes.’”

And while the stylist brought several options for Haddish to try on, only one gown — the most expensive one — fit.

“I should’ve known — wasn’t no price tag on that dress. So I wear it for ‘Girls Trip,’ and then they give me the receipt. When I saw the receipt, I cried. The dress was $4,122! So I’m wearing it multiple f—ing times. I don’t care what nobody say — that’s a down payment on a car, that’s a medical bill. So, even though everyone says I shouldn’t wear the dress in public again, I’m wearing it.”

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