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Photos of New Jersey teen's custom designed prom dress go viral

Kyemah McEntyre, an 18-year-old New Jersey high school

Kyemah McEntyre, an 18-year-old New Jersey high school student, posted this photo of her self-designed prom dress to Instagram. Since then, it has received more than 10,000 likes. Photo Credit: Instagram / mindofkye

For any teenage girl, choosing the perfect prom dress is an important decision. Some spend weeks picking theirs out, then fret that someone else might be caught in the same style. Luckily, that was the least of Kyemah McEntyre's worries. The 18-year-old designed her own custom prom dress this year, and the Internet loves it.

Each photo the East Orange, New Jersey, teen shared of herself in the dress at her high school's prom last weekend has garnered more than 10,000 likes.

A red, long-sleeved gown, with green, yellow and black designs throughout, was hand-sketched by McEntyre, she explains on her Instagram

According to BuzzFeed, the aspiring designer plans to attend Parsons School of Design come fall. But, she already identifies herself as an artist and says that her design was inspired by her desire to unite differing cultures.

Society allows "assumptions and stereotypes to cloud our mind and thus our physical reality," McEntyre wrote in a caption. "We let these negative ideas get the best of us ... Sometimes we get trapped in our prejudice[d] ways."

Believing her fashion focus just might have the power to help people jump out of their comfort zone, this teen is helping others acknowledge their "differences, beliefs, morals and values." Even better, her artistic ability has already helped unite other teens at her high school, who reportedly had been quite negative about McEntyre's physical appearance.

"This is for always being labeled as, 'ugly' or 'angry,'" she wrote on Twitter alongside a photo of the dress.

By the big night, her peers nominated her prom queen.

"Don't let anyone define you. Beautiful things happen when you take pride in yourself," she wrote.


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