2023 can undoubtedly be hailed as Tems’ year, as she achieved several noteworthy milestones including the “Tems Viral Oscar Dress” trending as a topic on social media.
She earned a Grammy for Best Melodic Rap Performance, which she shared with Future and Drake. Additionally, her work on “Lift Me Up” from Black Panther: Wakanda Forever earned her an Oscar nomination for Best Original Song.
In her first viral appearance, she showed up in a voluminous, sculptural gown by Ukrainian brand Lever Couture caused a stir on social media.
The recent addition of a larger-than-life headpiece to her gown at the Oscars made her take up more space, leading to various opinions on social media.
In an interview with Harper’s BAZAAR, Tems elaborated on her fashion decision for the 95th Academy Awards.
She had this to say:
“Two years ago, I would’ve said no to this dress. But it’s my first Oscars — I am going to go all out. The dress is my way of celebrating my work, celebrating my country, and celebrating the people who are rooting for me,” This dress says Yes, yes, I am here!
She also went on to talk about her experience with the Oscars.
“When I first started out, this was not on my list of things I needed to do. But honestly, I am honoured. It’s the first time I’m in this space, and it just gives me the motivation to keep going and do more and reach my maximum potential.”
When asked about being an inspiration to people, she concluded with this statement:
“All of this, to me, is an open door. Not just for me, but for everybody who is from where I’m from. If I can do it, they can do it. I’m happy that I got to fight, and I want to let people know that they should fight for every single thing that they believe in. It’s not easy, but once you have a plan, once you know who you are and you know where you’re going, every single thing sorts itself out.”