This teen's sharing of her gorgeous prom dress with a girl in need sparked a movement
With prom season right around the corner, it’s only normal for those who are no longer in high school to reminisce about the special night. And for 19-year-old Mika Riddick that meant revisiting old photos of the fabulous sequined dress she wore to her prom in 2016. But she had an idea: Why not let a fellow teen who can’t afford a gorgeous gown use it and feel like a million bucks for her prom?
Riddick retweeted a few photos of herself wearing the sparkling gown and wrote, “Hi, I’m willing to let a girl in *need* use my prom dress.” But she didn’t stop there. She even offered to get the lucky girl all glammed up. She continued, “I have shoes for you as well as a makeup artist if you need that as well.” She clarified that she was not “CHARGING YOU ANYTHING, JUST HAVE A GREAT NIGHT!!!!!”
u knew dat! #omhsprom2k16 #prom2k16 pic.twitter.com/xcTpEPsy2m
— celeria (@CHIC4MASDULCE) May 22, 2016
The Maryland native’s tweet got more than 30,000 likes and 350 comments (at the time of this story). Hundreds of people were touched by her sweet gesture.
omg this is so sweett!!! my heart pic.twitter.com/CHz6areQF6
— don’t scare me like that colonizer (@nisakmorgan) March 14, 2018
Such a sweet gesture . You’re really gonna make somebody’s night! You’re doing great sis !! pic.twitter.com/EBH7QjIYcR
— Paradise (@RYANnah_love) March 14, 2018
Riddick tells Yahoo Lifestyle she is shocked by the overwhelming support. “I didn’t expect it to get this much attention at all,” she says. “It’s something I’d do on a normal day for anyone. I’m really happy this all happened though.”
Riddick initially shared a photo of the high school student who borrowed her dress, writing “April 28 IS BOOKED.” The tweet has since been deleted. Maybe the girl was afraid her date would see her dress!
The best part? Riddick has now inspired other young ladies to loan out their prom dresses for the night.
I have a dress in Denver, CO if anyone needs one! It’s a 4 but fits more like a 0-2! Dm me if you need to wear it for a night! pic.twitter.com/VphwtyzZZQ
— Kaitlynne Victoria (@KaitlynneFun) March 15, 2018
I wanna joinnnnnnn! I have A prom dress I’m willing to give away for free size 14 dm if interested! pic.twitter.com/sDS1rRoxvy
— 3|16 (@AiyanaNakia) March 15, 2018
I ALSO have three gorgeous dresses I am willing to let a female IN NEED USE FOR THEIR special night!!! PG county and DC area! pic.twitter.com/nXpsgHK7NE
— Tae (@_ooohsheforeign) March 15, 2018
hiii i have two dresses would fit size 0-2 in the new york area i really hope they could make someone feel like a princess on prom night pic.twitter.com/Kubp8bTjOH
— ry (@artsk00ldropout) March 17, 2018
Even the guys joined in, offering up some sharp-looking tuxedos and suits.
For any dudes in this feed…I’m in Glen Burnie too & I got suits! ♂️ pic.twitter.com/GSAn0OIxNf
— Mr.Vanity (@_JoshuaTodd) March 15, 2018
Makeup artists and photographers are also now chiming i, offering their services free to teens in need.
In spirit of @CHIC4MASDULCE lending her dress to someone who needs it, @lolatorrress and I are teaming up to do someone who needs it’s prom makeup + a shoot before u go!!! contact me @ email@example.com Los Angeles area ladies (and gentleman)!!! pic.twitter.com/qZRh7eNp6c
— Bailey B. (@deIuxed) March 15, 2018
i’m also a photographer and will take prom photos for you :))
— ry (@artsk00ldropout) March 17, 2018
Thanks to Riddick, now many teens will look amazing on prom night.
— Ai Ba (@weirdoonmaple) March 17, 2018
“So many people are inspired to be selfless now in their everyday acts,” Riddick says. “I want things like this to not be so abnormal.”
She adds: “As much as others are touched, they have inspired me just as much.”
Read more from Yahoo Lifestyle:
Prom dress code bans students from showing ‘excessive cleαvage’ — and the teens are upset
Prom dress shopping made her feel horrible — so this teen set out to make it a ‘blessing’
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