Teenager Shuts Down Teacher Who She Claims Said An African-Print Prom Dress Would Be 'Tacky'

'There's nothing like Black Girl Magic.'

A teenager is hoping to inspire other young girls with her African-inspired prom dress.

Makalaya Zanders of Cleveland, Ohio, US, wanted to wear a gown made from Ankara fabric, but claims she was told by a teacher it would be "tacky for prom".

The 18-year-old decided to prove them wrong, enlisting the help of designer DeAndre Crenshaw to create a stunning gown, which she rocked at the event.

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"My dress was to make a point," Zanders wrote on Instagram.

"That African style is beautiful. That I am comfortable with my Melanin and roots. And finally that there's nothing like Black Girl Magic."

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According to Zanders her date, who wore a matching blue suit, is "nonchalant" about their photos going viral as he doesn't have social media accounts.

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Speaking to ABC News, the teen said she hoped her dress would inspire other young girls.

"I was told when I was younger that I was too dark, too this, too that," she 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."

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