A 17-year old Tennessee teenager wanting her prom dress to honor her late great-grandmother had images of iconic African-American women printed on her dress.
Skyler Branch of White Station High School in Memphis wanted to make a splash at her prom had a great idea to have Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Halle Berry and others depicted on the dress.
“I decided I wanted to take all the black queens that made a difference in my life to prom w me I think I accomplished just that,” Syler wrote on Instagram.
“She said, ‘Mom, there’s been so many extraordinary African-American women who have done so much for me. I want to show them some respect so that they know that not just the older adults but the younger adults appreciate who paved the way,’” Skyler’s mother Dayna Branch told Yahoo Lifestyle. “And she found different pictures of all of the people who she wanted on the dress.”
Skyler’s mom said that her daughter is going to college for pre-vet studies and honored a woman who made an impact in the field she wants to pursue.
“One of the women on the dress is Dr. Alfreda J. Webb, the first African-American female veterinarian in the U.S.”
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Teddy is a multimedia journalist who serves as the culture and political writer for EBONY. His work has appeared in NBC's Owned and Operated stations, as well as DNAInfo, which covered local neighborhood news in New York City. He received his Masters in Journalism from the Craig Newmark School of Journalism at CUNY in 2017.