Don't listen to the haters. When high school senior Makalaya Zanders said she wanted to wear an Ankara print gown to prom, one of her white teachers told her that it would be "tacky." Realizing the best revenge is to slay, the 18-year-old from Cleveland, Ohio wore the royal blue, African print mermaid dress (by Cleveland-based DeAndré Crenshaw of IndelibleDC) to prom.
And she looked ah-mazing.
Cosmo points out that the dress even came with a huge gold belt, and she accessorized with a gold arm bracelet and more layered necklaces.The teen calls herself "someone who loves our culture and African glamorous style" on Instagram. "Thank you to everyone who gave me kind words on my prom dress," she wrote. "My dress was to make a point. That African style is beautiful. That I am comfortable with my Melanin and roots. And finally that there's nothing like Black girl Magic."
After her awesome story went viral, she says that the teacher had apologized.