Milan Bolden Morris and her date at their High School prom
Milan Bolden Morris and her date at their High School prom

High school student wears Black Lives Matter inspired dress to prom

The central feature of the dress is the face of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin

Olivia Blair
Tuesday 25 April 2017 17:48

A high school student has chosen her prom night to make an important political statement.

Milan Bolden-Morris from Florida wore a full length dress adorned with the faces of 15 black victims of police-involved deaths.

Sharing a picture of herself and her date on Instagram, Ms Bolden-Morris wrote: “Yes I’m black. Yes I’m 17. Yes God is using me to convey a message that’s bigger than me" along with a #BlackLivesMatter hashtag.


In the centre of the dress is Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old schoolboy who was shot dead by former neighbourhood watchman George Zimmerman in Sanford, Florida in 2012. Mr Zimmerman was cleared of Martin’s murder .

Also featured on the dress is Michael Brown, the 18-year-old, who was shot and killed by police officer Darren Wilson and whose death sparked protests across his hometown of Ferguson, Missouri, and Sandra Bland – a 28-year-old black woman who was found hanged in a jail cell in Texas in 2015 three days after being arrested during a traffic stop.

Ms Bolden-Morris told CNN: “When someone loses a mother, father or child in unnecessary circumstances, it should not be overlooked but addressed."

The dress was designed by Florida-based designer Terrence Torrence, who has previously designed dresses for the rapper Lil Kim, after Ms Bolden-Morris approached him.

He told the network: “With all the killings that was going on, it just hit me one day: you should put that into a dress. I wanted to paint a picture and put a story out there through my fashion and I wanted to show we could spread our message with not just posters and fliers but also garments.”

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