When Milan Bolden-Morris chose her prom dress, she opted for a statement piece — literally. The 17-year-old arrived at her school’s formal in a black and white number adorned with the faces of men, women, and children who have been killed by police violence.
As Buzzfeed News reports, Bolden-Morris is a student Cardinal Newman High School in West Palm Beach, Florida. Her prom dress was created by garment designer Terrence Torrence, who is also a friend of Bolden-Morris’ family.
The dress featured images of 15 victims of police brutality, among them Trayvon Martin, Sandra Bland, Tamir Rice, and Michael Brown. “If I could put everybody on there, I’d probably still be adding people on, it’s sad to say,” Torrence told Buzzfeed.
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Bolden-Morris posted a photo of her outfit to her Instagram account, and the image has been liked more than 15,000 times — and was even shared by Snoop Dogg. Bolden-Morris told Buzzfeed that Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon Martin’s mother, reached out to say that she was “proud” of the high-schooler.
“Yes I’m black,” Bolden-Morris wrote in the caption that accompanies the photo. “Yes I’m 17. Yes GOD is using me to convey a message that’s bigger than me.”
Read the full story at Buzzfeed News.