Tia Carrere picked up her first ever Grammy – for Best Hawaiian Music Album – but she did it with the sinking U.S. economy in mind.
“This actually is the whole outfit,” Tia said of her Grammy Awards ensemble – a skin-tight black number with jewel embellishment, and a fancy purse, which she purchased on eBay. “This is less than $100 dollars, my whole outfit. It’s my statement for the economic times.”
As a cheer erupted backstage in the pressroom when Tia revealed her fashion-forward move, and she quickly offered advice for looking good in tough financial times.
“You know what, look fabulous and feel fabulous at any price,” she laughed.
And, of course, a shining gold gramophone complimented the outfit.
“This is awesome, this is so awesome and I can’t believe I’m holding this priceless artifact with a $30 dress,” Tia laughed. “I guess coming from Hawaii it’s really ingrained [in you that] the blessings that you have come from earth.”