Who said we’ve got to wait until February to wear the beautiful bold prints reminiscent of black history?

Well, nobody… but that’s not the point.

When 18-year-old Keymah McEntyre stepped into the ballroom at her high school prom in New Jersey, you can just imagine all the double-takes she received. Wearing a stunning, self-designed tribal print, long-sleeved gown; with a sexy yet classy plunging neckline and full flowing skirt, she would’ve been right in sync strolling on any star-studded red carpet.



Her gown made her an Internet favorite, with people supporting her effort by making largely positive comments on her Instagram posts.

Local seamstress Markell took the design from the page to the machine and made the dress a reality.

To top it all off, McEntyre wore  minimal jewelry and her hair in a big, bold and beautiful ‘fro.

But the young designer, who plans to attend Parsons the New School for Design, was not without her personal agenda.

“This is for always being labeled as “ugly” or “angry.” Thank God, stereotypes are just opinions,” she captioned an Instagram photo that shows her wearing her design.

But who cares about the haters, anyway. They have no voting power at her school.

After all, it is McEntyre who got the last laugh. When the evening ended, she was crowned prom queen.

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