Illustration for article titled Teen’s White Teacher Said Wearing an African-Print Dress Wasn’t Prom-Appropriate; Teen Proved That Idea Wrong

Every year during prom season, there’s always that one person who stands out from the crowd. Last year, New Jersey teen Kyemah McEntyre looked regal in a dress that paid homage to African culture and prints.


And this year there’s Makalaya Zanders, a high school student from Ohio.

Zanders said that her dress was inspired by a gown Nigerian model Jessica Chibueze wore to a ball. But the dress almost didn’t happen.


In an Instagram post, Zanders said a teacher told her that an African-print dress wasn’t something that should be worn to prom. Well, she proved that teacher wrong. Zanders and her date, Charles Jackson, attended Garfield Heights High School’s prom and looked amazing doing it.

If that’s not Black Girl Magic, I don’t know what is.

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