Another prom season has ended for high schoolers across the nation, and with any prom season, there’s always quite an array of dresses.
From the celebrity-inspired knockoffs to custom-made pieces, prom season gives teens the opportunity to express their individual style.
But no one managed to do it better than Kyemah McEntyre. You may have seen McEntyre’s photo on your Facebook newsfeed and Twitter timeline. The dress is absolutely jaw-dropping and pays homage to African culture and prints. McEntyre designed the dress herself, and her concept was made by Markell’s Closet.
The East Orange, N.J., student posted on Instagram about the inspiration behind her design:
Here is her message she posted on Instagram:
I’m Kyemah McEntyre, I am 18 years old and I am undoubtedly of African Descent. As an artist I have a completely different point of view compared to most individuals. I am extremely analytical and observant. Throughout the world, we have people who do not notice each others essence and humanity. We Stunt our collective spiritual growth by allowing assumptions and stereotypes to cloud our mind and thus our physical reality. We let these negative ideas get the best of us, and in turn a world of isolation is manifested by our lack of sensitivity and desire to sympathize with each other. This results in a world in which people live within the confines of their own space, isolated from each other and separated from the rest of the world.Sometimes we get trapped in our own prejudice ways. We don’t notice how the idea of a particular type of person changes the way we live our lives. The most creative people are the ones who step out of their comfort zone and take advantage of the world around them. My abilities as an artist allows me to experience the benefits that versatility fosters. Being exposed to all kinds of people and cultures is the muse for my artwork. I am an aspiring artist who is very passionate about the connection between art and the world. I believe that in order for society to gain a wider horizon, we have to be willing to acknowledge other people from differences, beliefs, morals, and values. I would like to take this moment to say that you have to understand who you are because if you leave that space open, you leave your identity in the hands of society. Don’t let anyone define you. Beautiful things happen when you take pride in yourself. #blackgirlsrock #kyebreaktheinternet