Kyemah McEntyre, an 18-year-old student from New Jersey, broke the Internet earlier this month with her amazing prom ensemble.
She went to prom (where, naturally, she was crowned queen) wearing this incredible dress influenced by her African roots to prove bullies wrong for calling her "ugly".
The best part? She designed the whole thing herself!
As an artist I have a completely different point of view compared to most individuals. I am extremely analytical and observant. Throughout the world, we have people who do not notice each others essence and humanity. We Stunt our collective spiritual growth by allowing assumptions and stereotypes to cloud our mind and thus our physical reality. We let these negative ideas get the best of us, and in turn a world of isolation is manifested by our lack of sensitivity and desire to sympathize with each other. This results in a world in which people live within the confines of their own space, isolated from each other and separated from the rest of the world. Sometimes we get trapped in our own prejudice ways. We don't notice how the idea of a particular type of person changes the way we live our lives. The most creative people are the ones who step out of their comfort zone and take advantage of the world around them. My abilities as an artist allows me to experience the benefits that versatility fosters. Being exposed to all kinds of people and cultures is the muse for my artwork. I am an aspiring artist who is very passionate about the connection between art and the world. I believe that in order for society to gain a wider horizon, we have to be willing to acknowledge other people from differences, beliefs, morals, and values. #kyebreaktheinternet I love you guys, because of you all I continue to keep pushing no matter the circumstance. Let's try this again ✊🏾💕💕
With the help of local seamstress Markell's Closet, McEntyre's creation was brought to life, and subsequently went viral online with thousands of commenters showing their support for her designs.
And it seems she has some celebrity fans too, as singer and actress Naturi Naughton asked the teen to create her dress for the BET Awards red carpet on Monday.
In an interview with Cosmpolitan.com, Naughton revealed she discovered McEntyre was from the same town she grew up in: "That was an automatic connection," she said.
The dress was only the second thing McEntyre had ever designed, but she and the seamstress managed to turn the whole thing around in under a week (all whilst graduating from high school).
#MAJORmonday Still floating after yesterday's debut of my second collaboration with the talented @mindofkye_ for the lovely @naturi4real | This moment is here to showcase the God-given talent that myself and Kyemah are so blessed to have • This is the epitome of Black Excellence and is a chance for people to see how much #BlackGirlsRock - On behalf of Kyemah and myself I would like to thank everyone for the support and acknowledgement • Raise each other up and share in this magical moment with us #markell #KyemahMcEntyre #markellscloset #fashion #blackexcellence #naturinaughton #BETAwards #BETAwards2015 #blackgirlsrock
When Mcentyre watched the red carpet arrivals from home, she couldn't believe it, telling Cosmo: "It was surreal. It took me an hour after it happened for it to sink in. I really appreciate her for putting me out there."
This is definitely a face to watch in the fashion industry.