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.
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."
"I was told when I was younger that I was too dark, too this, too that," the Ohio teen said. "I didn't grow up with black Barbies besides Brandy. As a young girl, I thought I didn't fit that standard, traditional definition of beautiful."
Every little detail of Zanders' outfit was gorgeous, from her arm bracelet to her nails.
As of now, Zanders intends to work in the fashion industry, which is good for everyone.
On Instagram, Zanders spoke about the dress and the inspiration behind it.
Thank you to everyone who gave me kind words on my prom dress. My date doesn't have social media so he's kinda nonchalant lol. The dress came after seeing the beautiful @jessnnecee wearing one similar to a ball. So being someone who loves our culture and African glamorous style , me and @indelible_dc decided to take the Ankara dress and put a twist on it. Little did I know it came out more beautiful, then I could've ever imagine!! My dress was to make a point. That African style is beautiful. That I am comfortable with my Melanin and roots. And finally that there's nothing like Black girl Magic
Here's the dress that model Jessica Chibueze wore and designer DeAndre Crenshaw used as the basis for Zanders' stunning prom outfit.
Anybody who thinks these women's dresses are tacky can go buy some new polo shirts from J. Crew.