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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nomoreimmigration on

Who cares? Ohpra Winfree is generous?? Not with her money, never with her money, but yes with other peoples money. Ohpra is a greedy tightwad.

guest on

how nice!

Lynn Sweet on

Not surprised she would give it to a black…

maci on

LOVE ! no matter how i feel about a celeb i am always glad when someone’s day is made like this. It takes literally nothing out of oprah, yet it surely but a huge smile on the recipient’s face. I hope she enjoys the new dress

nomoreimmigration on

I bet that Ohpra did not even pay a dime for this dress, and that somebody gave this dress to Ohpra for free. Ohpra gets everything for free and that is why she is called Ohpra Winfree!

nomoreimmigration on

I’m not surprised she would give it to a black either. I think Ohpra is a racist or reverse racist, and Ohpra has schools over in Africa too, lavish schools for blacks only. And she supported Obama over Hillary Clinton for president in 08, so you know color is more important to Ohpra than gender, and color more important than character. Shame on you Ohpra.

nomoreimmigration on

Ohpra is looking old and worn-out lately don’t you think?

Angela on

@nomoreimmigration, seriously? If you don’t like her, don’t read things about her and comment on them. BTW, trying to be all cute by “misspelling” her name and all that just makes you look uneducated.

racistsareeverywhere on

So what if she’s racist? She wouldn’t be the 1st racist on earth OR the last? What’s your point??? Were the whites that voted for Hilary racists? Were the blacks that voted for Obama racists? Was Oprah racist when she gave her mostly-white audience cars? Or holiday gifts year after year after year after..? If she is racist, who cares BUT she’s probably not: |

nomoreimmigration is an idiot on

To nomoreimmigration

Oprah is a generous kind woman who has been successful due to her drive and determination to succeed. She has worked hard for what she has. Go find some trolls and hang out together.

Girty4444 on

Black or white, successful or not, free or expensive…..it was very nice.

SEM on

That was a really nice thing to do…

ImALadyToo on

“Black Women Taking Over Hollywood” and “This Year has been a kick with a Capital K-I-C and a Double K” – yeah, nothing racist about this magazine or Oprah. Right. Oh, that’s right, only

ImALadyToo on

“Black Women Taking Over Hollywood” and “This year has been a kick with a Capital K-I-C and a double K” – yeah, nothing racist about this magazine or Oprah. Nothing at all.

April on

Can’t believe the idiotic Oprah hate messages on here. Oprah is amazing, lovely, generous, and has a huge heart. I love that she gave her dress to a fan just from a simple Twitter request. It’s highly unusual and you are def in a minuscule percentage of people who don’t like Oprah. Oprah is an awesome celeb and I would love to read more about her and see less headlines on utterly useless, arrogant, obnoxious celebs like those annoying Kardashians and Miley!

bchs71 on

WTF? you people are awful! She gave it to a black? Are you kidding me? She didn’t pay for it? She is a tightwad? OMG! You sound like racist pigs and yes, I’m white (most often to my shame.)

Rose on

The same thing happened to me a year or so ago. I was watching “Leave It to Niecy” starring Niecy Nash and I loved the summer dress she was wearing so I jokingly asked if I could have it and she said yes, we exchanged messages and within a few months the dress was delivered to my home!

David on

Her name is Oprah, not Ohpra.
You are correct, she is a person, who happens to be black.
She gave the dress to another person, who happens to also be black.
She did build a school in South Africa for young underprivileged girls.
She has also given millions of dollars of her money to other initiatives that she supports.
I’m curious what you have done for others lately besides show your own racist side with your uneducated, poorly written, hateful comments? Please let us know.

david on

Her name is Oprah, not Ohpra.
You are correct, she is a person, who happens to be black.
She gave the dress to another person, who happens to also be black.
She did build a school in South Africa for young underprivileged girls.
She also gives millions of dollars to other initiatives that she supports.
Here’s wishing the world was full of racist, greedy, tightwads like Ohpra… and perhaps a few less people like you.

jwcgd23 on

Reblogged this on Lita's Corner.

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!

tsr_star on

Nt surprised. Oprah always has given so much to people. She has a heart of gold.

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