Ask and ye shall receive!
Oprah Winfrey generously gifted a Twitter user with the ivory gown she wore on the cover of Essence. The 60-year-old TV titan modeled the Brian Rennie for Basler design for the March 2014 Hollywood issue, which she shared with fellow actors Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael B. Jordan and Forest Whitaker.
Twitter user @snobaby28 reached out to the star of Lee Daniels' The Butler on Valentine's Day, writing, "You look beautiful in that essence cover pic. WOW. CAN I please have that dress? Cuz I know u won't wear again lol luv u." Winfrey agreed and replied, "You're right I won't wear ever again contact my asst. and show her this tweet." Feeling overwhelmed with gratitude, @snobaby28 wrote back, "THANK YOU!!! You are truly a blessing. Sitting alone in sadness and you have brightened my day. Bless U."
Winfrey once again proved that she's a woman of her word, and on Feb. 21, she made @snobaby28's dreams come true. "THANK YOU! Recv beautiful dress," the social media user told the OWN creator. "Plan to wear at my wedding when I find a groom lol but will twt pic wearing it soon. Luv u to life!"
A designer dress isn't the only thing Winfrey has gotten rid of in the past year. The philanthropist auctioned off hundreds of her belongings (and donated the proceeds to charity)—but it wasn't easy.
"When you're just coming into your own, nobody ever teaches you how to ask for less. But over the years, you begin to make distinctions; you start to focus on what's important, and you start to release what's superfluous," the benevolent billionaire writes in the March 2014 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine, which focuses on de-cluttering. You realize that a single piece of art that really speaks to you can be far more powerful than a wall filled with 'important' works, that a meal eaten with feet up and pajamas on is usually a lot more pleasurable than any fancy-shmancy food at a black-tie gala, that good conversation with an old friend beats just about everything—that less actually is so much more."