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A white administrator, according to Cosmopolitan, told high school senior Makalaya Zanders​ that an Ankara fabric dress would be "tacky for prom." Zanders's response was to wear the dress regardless and look like a total bombshell for prom night.

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18-year-old Zanders told ABC that aside from looking amazing, her intention with her prom dress was to "empower young girls of color by showing them they're beautiful, too."