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Rajni Jacques (not pictured)
Creative & Fashion Content Director/Contributor at Racked.com
“I actually made my dress myself—very Pretty in Pink, which also happens to be one of my favorite movies!
It was black velvet, and I cut a hole on the side so my waist would stick out. I got some fake flowers and stitched them around the hole—very garden party. The top was scrappy; because I wore the dress lower than it should be, my boobs would be exposed. How did I handle that? I took some extra velvet fabric and made a hybrid bra/sleeveless crop top that matched. Then I bought some velvet sandals from Wild Pair to complete my look.
There were never any regrets when it came to that dress. I didn’t want to look like everyone else, so that’s the main reason why I wanted to create something of my own. I also got a lot of compliments from my peers, but some of the teachers were looking at me with a side-eye like, ‘Hmmm, a bit risky.’ But I didn’t care—it wasn’t skanky, just different. It was similar to that Gucci dress Toni Braxton wore for her ‘Un-Break My Heart’ video
but in black velvet.
I believe my prom date’s name was Corey, but I don’t remember for sure. No one asked me to prom—in the town I grew up in, none of the boys were checking me out at all. So I went with my best friend’s friend’s friend. We took pictures, ate chicken, and danced to Puff Daddy—then he went back to his town and I went back to mine. It’s not that I never really cared for the prom, I just was in the mindset that this is not the be-all and end-all. It’s a dance essentially, a dance that’s meant to say goodbye to all your peers. But for me, it was more like, ‘Um, I’m going to see you all on Monday, so...’