A teen from Florida chose to make a political statement on prom night.
Milan Bolden-Morris, a senior at Cardinal Newman High School in West Palm Beach, wore a mermaid dress, displaying images of 15 victims of police brutality. The stunning floor-length dress featured black-and-white pictures of Sandra Bland and Michael Brown, among other African-Americans killed in police-involved incidents. The 17-year-old took to Instagram to proudly share an image with her followers of herself wearing the stunning gown. “Yes I'm black. Yes I'm 17. Yes GOD is using me to convey a message that's bigger than me. #AllLivesMatter #BlackLivesMatter #MoveWithPurpose," Bolden-Morris captioned the photo.
Florida-based designer Terrence Torrence, who has previously worked with rapper Lil Kim, designed the impactful dress. “With all the killings that was going on, it just hit me one day: you should put that into a dress,” Torrence told CNN. “I wanted to paint a picture and put a story out there through my fashion and I wanted to show we could spread our message with not just posters and fliers but also garments.”
The front of Morris’ dress showed an image of Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old teen who was shot and killed by former neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman in 2012. According to the teen, she has been receiving many praises about her dress, including Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton, who was touched by the gesture.
Check out pictures of Morris in her powerful dress below: