Society

Teen Wears Custom Black Lives Matter Dress To Prom (Photo)

| by Jonathan Constante

Pictures of a Florida teenager's prom dress honoring the Black Lives Matter movement are going vial.

Milan Morris, 17, wore a special dress for her prom night on April 21, the Daily Mail reported. The dress was adorned with the faces of Trayvon Martin, Sandra Bland, Michael Brown and other unarmed black people who died either at the hands of police or while in custody.

Morris took to Instagram to share photos of the dress.

"Yes I'm black. Yes I'm 17. Yes GOD is using me to convey a message that's bigger than me," Morris captioned one of the photos. She included the hashtags #AllLivesMatter, #BlackLivesMatter and #MoveWithPurpose.

Popular Video

This young teenage singer was shocked when Keith Urban invited her on stage at his concert. A few moments later, he made her wildest dreams come true.

The dress was designed by Terrene Torrence, who works out of Miami and Atlanta, Essence reported. It took him four days to complete the dress.

"He was the mastermind behind this whole thing honestly," Morris told Essence, adding that Torrence's "message is a huge issue in America today."

Popular Video

This young teenage singer was shocked when Keith Urban invited her on stage at his concert. A few moments later, he made her wildest dreams come true:

Torrence said he wanted to create a Black Lives Matter inspired dress in 2016 but it all came together in 2017.

 

"It was powerful," the designer said of finishing the dress. "It was art. It was surreal. It spoke volumes."

The photo quickly went viral, garnering more than 14,000 likes and hundreds of comments in two days. Several social media users applauded Morris for taking a stand on one of the biggest nights of her life.

"Simply stunning and thank you for reminding us all how far we still have to come as a country," wrote one Instagram user.

"Amazing! Some of these young men never made it to prom," wrote another. "Thank you for remembering them with this beautiful dress."

"Big time respect on taking a stand on this creative and very noticeable way!" commented another user. "God Bless you in all that you do for Him! Great success in college and many open doors through academics, sports, fashion, beauty and every other way God chooses to work through you!!!"

"This sends chills through my whole body!" wrote another. "Using one of the biggest nights of your life and taking a stand against the injustices we face was a major move!"

This isn't the first time Morris has made headlines. The senior at Cardinal Newman High School in Palm Beach was recently named the All-Area player of the year, the Palm Beach Post reported. She plays on the school's basketball team and plans to attend Boston College in the fall.

Morris said she will be studying to become an orthopedic surgeon.

“Just being around sports my whole life -- not only basketball, but football with my brother and baseball and softball -- and seeing those injuries and trying to figure out how I can make it better, how can I make the recovery process faster, all played a big role (in wanting to be an orthopedic surgeon)," Morris told the Palm Beach Post at the time.

Sources: Daily Mail, Mimi/Instagram, Essence, Palm Beach Post / Photo credit: Visual Hunt, Instagram via Daily Mail

Is Black Lives Matter good for race relations in America?
Yes - 0%
Yes - 0%