High school student Makalaya Zanders from Ohio was looking forward to her end of year prom a few weeks ago.
The 18-year-old decided she wanted to wear an Ankara print dress, a design popular in West Africa. She said she asked a white administrator at school, and got the response that such a gown would be "tacky" and not "really something you wear to" a formal event.
Makalaya was devastated by the knock to her confidence. But she also realised there was an opportunity to prove the teacher wrong, and enlisted the help of local designer DeAndré Crenshaw to create her perfect dress.
Makalaya had the following message for the thousands of people who admired her dress online:
Thank you to everyone who gave me kind words on my prom dress... 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.