Caitlin Gallagher
April 24, 2017 5:21 pm

Most teenagers don’t use prom to make an important political and cultural statement — but not all teens are as pioneering as 17-year-old Milan Bolden-Morris, who wore a prom dress featuring black women, men, and children who have been murdered. Featuring 15 faces, Bolden-Morris made a powerful statement about Black Lives Matter — all with the help of designer Terrence Torrence.

As BuzzFeed reported, Bolden-Morris is family friends with Torrence, who had the idea of creating a dress with the faces of black victims — particularly, victims of police brutality. Although Bolden-Morris, who is headed to Boston College on a basketball scholarship in the fall, originally had a typical prom dress, she wanted to wear Torrence’s design.

Some of the faces featured are 28-year-old Sandra Bland, who committed suicide in her jail cell after being arrested following a routine traffic stop; 12-year-old Tamir Rice, who was shot by police after playing with an airsoft gun; and 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, who was shot and killed by George Zimmerman.

Even Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton, reached out to Bolden-Morris to tell her she was proud of her.

Although Bolden-Morris and Torrence have been getting mostly positive comments about the prom dress made of beaded lace and scuba material, people have made negative statements as well. Yet, Bolden-Morris is staying focused on the meaning of her dress, as she told BuzzFeed:

By using her prom dress to highlight lives that have been lost, Bolden-Morris and designer Torrence honored the faces that have influenced the Black Lives Matter movement in an unforgettable way.

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