Tiffany Haddish wears Eritrean zuria and honors father at Oscars - WSIL-TV 3 Southern Illinois

Tiffany Haddish wears Eritrean zuria and honors father at Oscars

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WILLIAMSON CO. -- Tiffany Haddish showed up to the Oscars representing her Eritrean roots.

"My father is from Eritrea and he passed away last year, and he said one day I would end up here and if I ever end up at the Oscars to honor my people, so I'm honoring my fellow Eritreans," Haddish told ABC in an interview on the red carpet.

Haddish, a 38-year-old comedian and actress, stunned the world in her zuria, a Tigrinya term used to describe an Eritrean or Ethiopian dress. The presenter also wore werki (the gold accessories) and a kaba (the black cape-like clothing piece, used for special occasions) on the red carpet.

Many call this a special moment, including families in the midwest. It's a moment Eritrean-American Miela Fetaw will never forget.

"My heart has been smiling since she walked onto the Oscars red carpet, I literally started crying," Fetaw said. "I have never seen myself in that way and she just took it to a whole other level."

Fetaw and her family immigrated to the United States from Eritrea, a country in Northeast Africa, in 2001 to pursue their dreams. She says today reminded her family that representation truly matters.

"If our traditional dresses can be on the [Oscars] red carpet, then I know we can too," Fetaw said.

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