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These African-Inspired Prom Looks Are Giving Us Life

Teens from the diaspora are owning prom season with these African-inspired designs.

DIASPORA—Prom season 2017 is in full effect, and much like last year—and in 2015, when New Jersey design student, Kyemah McEntyre, debuted her internet-stopping dashiki-style gown—some of the most stunning looks this year have been African-inspired ensembles.


Teens from the diaspora are rocking these statement ensembles to standout on prom day—of course—but many are also donning them in order to show pride in their heritage.

From mermaid dresses to matching top and bottom sets, young prom-goers are proving that you really can’t go wrong with bold wax print, vibrant kente cloth and a well-tailored design.

We’ve scoped social media for some of the best African-style prom looks so far. Check them out below.

Bring Black Back 🔥 #prom2k17

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Rp from @healthy_hair_journey 😍😍😍 #prom #prom2017 #prom2k17

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Prom 2017#africanbeauty #africanfashion #liberianbeauty #PPC#africanpromdress#

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Bring Black Back 🔥 #prom2k17

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Serving Looks and Giving Life 👑 #africanpromdress @true.fond

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First pic of prom 2017 😍

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This beautiful young lady approached us 3 weeks ago and said i quote " i am Haitian living in connecticut i want to look like an African Queen and SLAY at my prom" that was all the brief we needed. So we modified the ENYA dress and gave her a mermaid skirt with a looooong train. http://www.stylesafrik.co.uk/product/enya-one-shoulder-patchwork-dress/ We think @shine_ika_ looked absolutely amazing such a Royal Queen with her King wearing the Matching male accesory set. Do you think we met the brief? To customise your Enya dress pls.send us a DM or email to info@stylesafrik.co.uk. #occasionwear #Africanprintdress #ankaraprintstyles #ankaradesigns #guba #akwaaba #missghanauk #africanprintdress #slay #slayed #bridesmaiddresses #straplessdress #africanbridesmaids #africanbride #kentebride #kenteprintdress #kentecloth #guba #fashionbloggers #ASOS #ocassionwear #akwaabauk #redcarpet #oscars #couturedresses #prom2017 #promdress #bridesmaids #kentebride #ghanabrides #prom2k17 #promslayage2k17

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Had to do it for the culture🇳🇬

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