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Teen Kyemah McEntyre's Self-Designed Prom Dress Is Beautifully Awesome

06/10/2015 02:37 EDT | Updated 06/11/2015 09:59 EDT

They say looking good is the best revenge, and for one New Jersey teen, that mantra couldn't be more true.

Kyemah McEntyre, a student at Cecily Tyson School of Performing Arts in East Orange, New Jersey, attended her senior prom in one of the most gorgeous gowns we've ever seen. And what's better, she designed it herself. (It was made by Markell of Markell's Closet.)

The 18-year-old shared a photo of herself in the brightly patterned dress on Instagram with the caption, "This is for always being labeled as, 'ugly' or 'angry'. Thank God, stereotypes are just opinions." Take that, haters!

A photo posted by Kyemah McEntyre (@mindofkye) on


The gown was inspired by her African culture and features a daringly low neckline, long sleeves and a full floor-length skirt. McEntyre paired the dress with a simple gold collar necklace and a matching gold headband. Her date for the night went for an all-black look but wore a bowtie and pocket square cut from the same fabric as her dress.

In another Instagram post, the teen added:

"As an artist I have a completely different point of view compared to most individuals. I am extremely analytical and observant. Throughout the world, we have people who do not notice each others essence and humanity. We Stunt our collective spiritual growth by allowing assumptions and stereotypes to cloud our mind and thus our physical reality."

"I would like to take this moment to say that you have to understand who you are because if you leave that space open, you leave your identity in the hands of society. Don't let anyone define you. Beautiful things happen when you take pride in yourself."

Preach, girl!

And one last awesome thing -- McEntyre went home with the prom queen crown, further stickin' it to all the haters.

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