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The Teen With The Viral Prom Dress Just Designed Her First Red Carpet Look

From prom slayer to red carpet stunner.

You remember Kyemah McEntyre, right?

Courtesy Kyemah McEntyre

She's the 18-year-old high school graduate whose amazing handmade prom dress went completely viral.

Let's all REMEMBER.... Kyemah sketched and designed her own dress 😍😍😍

Well it turns out McEntyre just designed her first big commission: for singer and actress Naturi Naughton.

Naughton was formerly of the girl group 3LW and currently stars on the Starz drama Power as Tasha St. Patrick.
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Naughton was formerly of the girl group 3LW and currently stars on the Starz drama Power as Tasha St. Patrick.

Naughton wore the McEntyre-designed mermaid-style gown to Sunday night's BET Awards.

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So how'd this all come about?

"Naturi contacted me through e-mail, and we talked over the phone about her ideal dress," McEntyre told the blog Necole Bitchie. "[Naughton] explained to me that she wanted to connect with her African roots as well. I explained to her that my prom dress was my first design ever and that her design would be my second. ... She wanted to shed light on young people from her community [East Orange, New Jersey] and that she did. I enlisted a local seamstress by the name of Markell Mockabee, who brought my design to life."
Courtesy Kyemah McEntyre

"Naturi contacted me through e-mail, and we talked over the phone about her ideal dress," McEntyre told the blog Necole Bitchie.

"[Naughton] explained to me that she wanted to connect with her African roots as well. I explained to her that my prom dress was my first design ever and that her design would be my second. ... She wanted to shed light on young people from her community [East Orange, New Jersey] and that she did. I enlisted a local seamstress by the name of Markell Mockabee, who brought my design to life."

But still, McEntyre's biggest goal is to inspire other women.

"It’s just amazing to be celebrated for just being myself," she said. "I consider myself to be an artist, fashion designer, and self-identity activist." And as such, she says, "I wanted to inspire little girls to be themselves," adding that the dress "definitely exceeded my expectations."
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"It’s just amazing to be celebrated for just being myself," she said. "I consider myself to be an artist, fashion designer, and self-identity activist." And as such, she says, "I wanted to inspire little girls to be themselves," adding that the dress "definitely exceeded my expectations."

So yes, in case you were wondering, Kyemah McEntyre is continuing to totally kill it.

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