That moment when you decide to break the mold and do what makes you happy can set the pace for the rest of your life. A perfect example of this would be that young woman who introduced us to the most unique and beautiful prom dress ever made, Kyemah McEntyre.
According to Necolebitchie Kyemah had the opportunity to design a red carpet look for Power actress Nauri Naughton after her own dress went viral about a month ago. The dress she designed for the red carpet was absolutely stunning as you can see above. It had all the details of Kyemah McEntyre’s dress that we loved but with its own unique flare.
The question is, how did all this happen?
Naturi contacted me through e-mail, and we talked over the phone about her ideal dress. She explained to me that she wanted to connect with her African roots as well. I explained to her that my prom dress was my first design ever and that her design would be my second.
So, of course, I asked her to bare with me. Naturi and her beautiful soul welcomed me despite my experience with Fashion Designing.
She wanted to shed light on young people from her community [East Orange, New Jersey] and that she did. I enlisted a local seamstress by the name of Markell Mockabee, who brought my design to life.
We constructed this dress in 18 hours and I chose this print for Naturi because I knew it would showcase her vibrant and vivid personality. I’m so glad she loved it. Nothing but blood, sweat and tears went in that piece.
She continued with the following:
As a result of going viral, my mailbox has changed in numbers, but my faith and my drive has not changed. People ask me all the time how does it feel, and I tell them it’s just amazing to be celebrated for just being myself.
I consider myself to be an artist, fashion designer, and self-identity activist. I actually planned on people to recognize my dress locally, because I wanted to inspire little girls to be themselves, however, it this has definitely exceeded my expectations.