Oprah Gives Essence Cover Dress to a Fan Via Twitter

03/06/2014 at 04:11 PM ET

Oprah wedding dressCourtesy Essence

Have you ever looked at a celebrity wearing a beautiful dress on the cover of a magazine and thought to yourself, “I wish I could wear that dress!” So has Atlanta resident Brandi (aka Twitter user @snobaby28), though she took it a step further: She asked Oprah Winfrey if she could have the dress the megastar wore on the March cover of Essence. Even more surprising? Oprah said yes!

Brandi Tweeted at Winfrey about her love for the dress, joking “I know u won’t wear again.” Said Oprah, “You’re right, I won’t,” and directed Brandi to reach out to her assistant to get the exchange underway.

And because Oprah always delivers, a week later, the dress was in Brandi’s hands.

The Brian Rennie for Basler number has a structured bodice and a slightly ombré feathered and fringed skirt — perfect for a glamorous wedding, which Brandi seems to have in mind. “Oprah said the dress was special, but just too fussy and feathery for her to wear on the red carpet so we lucked out!” says editor in chief Vanessa Bush of the dress’s new life.

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What do you think of Oprah’s generosity? Are you loving the dress? Let us know!

–Alex Apatoff

FILED UNDER: Celebs , Designers , Dresses
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Rhonda on

Some of you love to stir up trouble. Why does everything have to be about race? If the recipient of the dress was a white lady, what negative thing would you have to say then?

Nanu 08 on

Not loving that dress at all……….

April on

Nice response David! And love the “nomoreimmigratoon is an idiot” name! If you have complaints on someone as generous and big-hearted as Oprah, I don’t know what is wrong with you. Who cares if the recipient of the dress was black? It shouldn’t matter what race the recipient was!!! I’m sure Oprah would have honored the request no matter what race the requester was…the amazing part is that she actually DID honor the request because I can’t imagine that many celebs would. Few are even close to how generous and loyal to their fans as Oprah is!!

me on

not a white fan? SHOCKER

Dori on


Elaine Irvin on

Oprah is so cool; love her

Vic on

Very cool ofher, though it will open the flood gates and everyone willask her for something…

Christine on

@ Lynn Sweet…
Seriously? Because a white lady and a Hispanic lady were also asking for the dress, but Oprah picked the black lady. C’mon.

mat32164 on

Kudos to @snobaby28 for asking, and what a nice move on Oprah’s part. A good deed only requires a good comment. Why all the hating? My husband always says, if you don’t ask, you won’t receive! Nice story!!!

Sonia on

Hey Lynn Sweet your white sheet is showing might want to tuck it back in! LOL. Ignorant!

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