Back in June of last year, 18-year-old, Kyemah McEntyre, made headlines all over the Internet after the prom dress that she designed for herself went viral. That’s right, while the rest of her classmates were out spending hundreds of dollars on dresses they’ll never wear again, McEntyre was at home creating her own. A few month’s later, McEntyre found herself in the headlines again when Power star, Naturi Naughton, personally reached out to the young designer. After seeing McEntyre’s work, Naughton asked the talented teen to design a dress for the 2015 BET Awards. The dress, which Naughton was photographed wearing on the red carpet, proved that McEntyre’s skill went far beyond one dress. Although it was clear that many of her dreams had already come true, she wasn’t content on stopping there. In the following months, she became somewhat of a celebrity in the fashion world, and even got the chance to design a dress for Tyra Banks. Now, with her very own online store, McEntyre is selling her designs to people from all around the world.
Well, recently, her dreams were realized on a whole new level when she was honored at this year’s BET Honors. The honor, which is given to young people who are dubbed “next in class” recognizes not only McEntyre’s talent, but her potential to make a difference in the future. In an industry where women of color are often ignored and disregarded, it’s great to see someone so young doing more than her part to change the game. Next time you feel like you can’t do something, think of Ms. McEntyre and all of her accomplishments, and remind yourself that anything is possible if you believe in yourself and your abilities. You go girl!!
Check out Kyemah’s Etsy store here.