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Kyemah McEntyre, the teen who achieved viral fame after creating the prom dress of the year, has gone on to do even bigger and better things.

The designer created Power star Naturi Naughton’s gorgeous dress, worn Sunday night at the BET Awards. McEntrye says the actress emailed her after seeing her design all over the web. Following their meeting, Naughton told the New Jersey native she wanted to wear something traditional to the awards show. According to BuzzFeed:

“[Naughton] explained to me that she wanted to connect with her African roots as well.”McEntrye said. I explained to her that my prom dress was my first design ever and that her design would be my second. … She wanted to shed light on young people from her community [East Orange, New Jersey] and that she did. I enlisted a local seamstress by the name of Markell Mockabee, who brought my design to life.”

The result was pure gold. Naughton’s look was like no other on the carpet:

Naturi Naughton at the BET Awards

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The actress thanked the teen on Twitter after fans inquired about the designer.

McEntrye says she wants to continue to inspire teens like herself.

“It’s just amazing to be celebrated for just being myself,” she said. “I consider myself to be an artist, fashion designer, and self-identity activist.” And as such, she says, “I wanted to inspire little girls to be themselves,” adding that the dress “definitely exceeded my expectations.”

Kyemah also hopes to be the voice of her generation with her designs and thought-provoking artwork. It’s clear to see she’s well on her way.

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9 thoughts on “Teenage Afrocentric Prom Dress Designer Creates Naturi Naughton’s BET Awards Gown

  1. WillowFan on said:

    Wow, that is nice on her, and the color is perfectly executed – it all really pops; just exquisite, wearer and dress.

  2. Ms. McEntrye has a lot of talent. Naturi Naughton’s gown is very pretty but that prom dress is too much for a teen. I love the female body and embrace all my curves but that’s way too much exposure and especially for a teen. Janelle Monáe looked beautiful in her BET Award outfit and shows us that you can be sexy and gorgeous and showcase your figure without having all your assets out. But God Bless Keymah McEntrye on her future endeavors.

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