Prom is supposed to be one of the best nights of your young life – and one of the most stylish. Prom fashion changes year-to-year & has gone from #backintheday to #promslay2K. Some teens stick to traditional styles, some look to celebs for inspiration & others get creative. But one style that’s getting a lot of positive attention this year are the Afrocentric prom dresses. These teens are poppin – literally, stylin’ and profiling in The New York Times Fashion & Style.
“I feel like our generation is getting more proud of where we come from,” she went on. “We’re our own little African goddesses. I want to represent that.” ~ Azara Bernard, 18.
“I wanted to show my culture. I wanted my classmates to get a taste of what African style looks like.” ~ Julie Cheeks, 17.
“After discussing how beautiful it was and that I would do an African theme with a teacher, I was told it wasn’t really ‘something you wear to prom,’ [but] I wanted to make a point, that I am comfortable with my Melanin and roots.” ~ Makalaya Zanders.
Last year, Kyemah McEntyre damn near #broketheinternet with her prom dress & words about why she wore it. At the time she said, “I remember growing up and oftentimes comparing myself to women with straighter hair, lighter skin. “I thought, ‘Why aren’t I beautiful in my natural state?” Now, seeing the Afrocentric prom dress trend take off like this, she says ~ “I do feel I’ve inspired a lot of women,” Ms. McEntyre said, a small catch in her voice. “That was actually the point of it all.”
Black teens are embracing their beauty and culture in a whole new way & we are here for all of it.