A lovely and talented teenager named Mayalaya Zanders is becoming a trending topic.
The 17 year old, who attends Garfield Heights High School in Cleveland, Ohio, told a teacher that she planned on designing a custom African -inspired prom dress. The Caucasian administrator allegedly called African-inspired dresses, “tacky for prom.”
Determined to prove the teacher wrong Mayalaya worked with a talented designer named DeAndre’ Crenshaw of IndelibleDC. The pair customized a royal blue java Ankara print gown with a front slit and dramatic mermaid bottom. She accessorized it with a structural belt, a bicep bracelet, and layers of gold necklaces.
People on social media are LOVING Mayalaya's creation. “Beautifully done and awesome message,” one person wrote in the comments. Another shared, “I still can’t get over how beautiful you looked. You definitely made this outfit work and it looks absolutely perfect on you.” Multiple others called her “stunning ” and “beautiful,” and said that she “slayed.”
“Thank you to everyone who gave me kind words on my prom dress,” Mayalaya shared. “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.”