We’ve dressed all types in the 10 years we’ve celebrated prom with Long Island high school girls brave enough to let our readers choose their gowns — among them, an elite athlete, a talented singer-actress, even one who became an Army cook. But not one of them has ever admitted to being what this year’s Project Prom winner, Nabila Alim, 18, of Deer Park High School, proudly calls herself. That would be “a total nerd.”

True blue

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Sapphire rhinestones and crystal beads drench the pale top of this glamorous dress that features a cutout back along with a blue flowing skirt by Blush.

Red hot

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Red pearls and clear paillettes dapple the plunging bodice of this dramatic, big-skirted ballgown by Milano Formals.

Dramatic stripes

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Black-and-white stripes provide graphic pop and maximum impact on this sophisticated strapless number by Betsy & Adam.

Among the racks

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Nabila Alim, 18, of Dix Hills, this year's Project Prom winner, shops for her dress at Charlotte's Closet in Port Washington.

In Charlotte's Closet

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Jen Forman, right, was inspired to create Charlotte's Closet, a Port Washington company that rents gowns for such events as proms, bar and bat mitzvahs, when her daughter Charlotte, left, needed several party dresses.

Beauty preparations

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A glam squad from Maximus Salon and Spa in Carle Place gets Nabila Alim ready for her photo shoot.




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