Teen went viral this year for the major statement she made with the skirt of her prom gown
A high school student pays tribute to three legendary black women by incorporating illustrations of them on her prom dress. See the unique creation that won her the "Best Dressed" title on prom night.
Most high school girls dream about bringing their crush to the prom but a student from New York City made sure famous icons kept her company that night.
Aishamanne Williams is a high school student who made quite the statement with her prom dress. She wore a custom-made gown that featured the faces of her idols, Lauryn Hill, Erykah Badu, and Angela Davis.
HOW SHE DID IT
Williams, who won “Best Dressed” on prom night chose to honor the legendary women with her one-of-a-kind gown. The 17-year-old worked with her friend’s mother, Donna Weeks and her schoolmate, Nyiesha Mallett to create the masterpiece she had in mind. She derived inspiration from designer Kyemah McEntyre’s artistic fashion pieces. The result was a beautiful bustier gown in white with giant illustrations of her three idols covering most of the gown’s skirt.
This student’s amazing DIY prom dress is an ‘ode to Black girls everywhere’ — and includes images of Erykah Badu, Angela Davis, and Lauryn Hill pic.twitter.com/jVo0LHuSOK— NowThis (@nowthisnews) June 21, 2018
WHY SHE DID IT
Williams describes the three legendary black women as “inspirational, radical, unapologetically honest” and she said honoring them was important to her. Sharing a photo of her dress on Instagram, she captioned it, “an ode to girls everywhere.”
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dress inspired by @mindofkye. the faces on the dress, drawn by @art_est_vita03, are @erykahbadu, Lauryn Hill, and Angela Davis. makeup by @mings.dynasty. an ode to black girls everywhere. (tagging people who inspire me in hopes that they see this and like it lmao) #prom2k18 #medgarmillionairesclub #erykahbadu #laurynhill #angeladavis
Speaking to Teen Vogue following the popularity of her gown, Williams opened up about how the three women inspire her.
“I love Erykah Badu's music...her spirituality, [and] the way that her energy speaks to mine. Listening to her music and her words makes me feel at home, so I wanted to pay homage to her for making black girls like me feel loved and represented."
“Lauryn Hill’s unapologetic blackness has always inspired me as well. I’ve admired her skillful lyricism and soulful music since my childhood.”
“I’ve also learned a lot from Angela Davis. I consider myself to be an intersectional feminist, and from studying her words and life, I’ve learned a lot about feminism, race, and class.”
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i know prom was like over a week ago but quick storytime: so remember how i said the dress was inspired by Kyemah McEntyre? at first i wanted a bunch of Bantu knots like how she had, and my stylist ended up doing four Bantu knots (my hair is thick so it ended up being four big ones). after my mom noticed that i really didn’t like it, she took all the buns down, unbraided my hair, and then freestyled until she came up with the hairstyle you see in the pictures. i wasn’t asked about my hair from @teenvogue or @nowthisher, so i wanted to take a minute to speak on the fact that my mom, who is not a professional, did something beautiful and spontaneous and i wouldn’t have been as happy that night if it wasn’t for her. so shoutout to black moms everywhere who finesse their daughters’ hair without even trying 😭
ON SELF EXPRESSION AND INDIVIDUALITY
Having earned respect for speaking her mind through her dress, Williams gave sound advice to others who would want to express their individuality the way she did.
“Just ask yourself: 'Who am I? What am I most passionate about? What message do I want to deliver to my classmates, and to the rest of the world?' Once you know that, create something true to yourself."
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i don’t plan for my graduation from high school to be anywhere near the greatest accomplishment in my life story, but the significance of the growth i’ve experienced over the past four years is monumental and worth recognition. cheers to the beauty of ceremonies, and to the human practice of celebration. may we seize each day onward and conquer every moment. makeup by @mings.dynasty
HER GRANDMOTHER'S DRESS
While Williams opted to honor popular women with her prom dress, Cassie Gillam in 2012 paid tribute to her grandmother with hers. While searching for the perfect prom dress, Cassie unearthed her grandmother Dottie’s prom dress which she used to play with when she was a child. The dress worn in 1955 fit her perfectly and she knew it would be a sweet surprise to her grandmother if she wore it to her own prom today. True enough, the moment, Cassie showed off the dress to Dottie, the women broke down in tears. The scene caught on video hit over 3 million views online. Cassie’s efforts to celebrate her grandmother was a success.
PROM DRESS ON A BUDGET
Meanwhile, a teen got creative with her prom dress knowing full well she was tight on budget. Nazmayde Castillo's boyfriend purchased a $50 dollar dress for her from the Fashion Nova website. To spruce the dress up for prom, she came up with a plan and asked her aunt's help to execute it. She transformed the short dress into a gown by adding a hem of blue flowers. The result was a unique masterpiece that earned raves and curiosity after Nazmayde's boyfriend a video of them on prom night. His inbox was immediately flooded with questions about the dress and where it was purchased. Nazmayde also earned praises for keeping to a budget and still coming up with a stunning dress. Check out the post below to see why it went viral.