Just a little over three weeks ago, Kyemah McEntyre went to her prom in a knockout dress of her own design and not only won the night, but all our hearts. She took a traditional-looking tribal pattern and modernized it by giving the dress a low-cut V-neck, long sleeves and a billowing, A-line skirt. The quote on her Instagram page captured her efforts succinctly, "don't let anyone define you. Beautiful things happen when you take pride in yourself."
As an artist I have a completely different point of view compared to most individuals. I am extremely analytical and observant. Throughout the world, we have people who do not notice each others essence and humanity. We Stunt our collective spiritual growth by allowing assumptions and stereotypes to cloud our mind and thus our physical reality. We let these negative ideas get the best of us, and in turn a world of isolation is manifested by our lack of sensitivity and desire to sympathize with each other. This results in a world in which people live within the confines of their own space, isolated from each other and separated from the rest of the world. Sometimes we get trapped in our own prejudice ways. We don't notice how the idea of a particular type of person changes the way we live our lives. The most creative people are the ones who step out of their comfort zone and take advantage of the world around them. My abilities as an artist allows me to experience the benefits that versatility fosters. Being exposed to all kinds of people and cultures is the muse for my artwork. I am an aspiring artist who is very passionate about the connection between art and the world. I believe that in order for society to gain a wider horizon, we have to be willing to acknowledge other people from differences, beliefs, morals, and values. #kyebreaktheinternet I love you guys, because of you all I continue to keep pushing no matter the circumstance. Let's try this again.
Now see how far she's already come thanks to the power of the internet. Rapper and actress Naturi Naughton commissioned the 18-year-old to make a dress for her for the BET Awards. Naturi, like the rest of us, fell in love with McEntyre's prom dress design, and asked for a similar look for the award show that aired this past Sunday night. The resulting dress certainly had the mark of the teen's signature style.
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The pattern and cut of the dress are definitely bold and eye-catching. The low V-neck looked stunningly sexy on Naturi's curvaceous figure. The bright orange overall color also worked well with the actress' glowing skin and dark hair. However, several fashion and style blogs have put the dress on their "worst dressed" list, because they think it's "too busy." EOnline tried to be nice about it but still called the dress' mermaid style "stiff." Personally, I think they're being a little harsh — it is, after all, the young designer's first foray into the fashion world, and considering that, I think it holds its ground quite well against the others.
However, the red carpet isn't as forgiving as, say, Dancing With the Stars — you won't get sympathy votes just because you're still learning. That being said, McEntyre did quite well considering the time constraint on the dress and the number of fashion sharks just waiting to tear any design that's slightly off-point apart. I think with a few years of fashion school under her belt, she'll be fully equipped to conquer the red carpet. Let's just hope there are more stars like Naturi out there willing to take a chance on her.
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