Prom Queen Kyemah McEntyre is BET’s Next in Class.  This honor goes to new young leaders, influencers, and innovators in six fields and Kyemah took home a win in the field of fashion while still in her teens.

In 2015, while a senior in high school and a resident of East Orange, New Jersey, Kyemah won the title of Prom Queen.  Besides popularity, we suspect this may have had something to do with the African print prom dress with a plunging neckline that she designed and donned.

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Kyemah told BET, “The reason why I did the prom dress, in general, was for my local people to understand the beauty of the African print.”

Once photos of Kyemah in her prom dress surfaced online, it became more than a local phenomenon.  “So, when the world first saw my prom dress, I was like, this is crazy,” she said in a BET video clip.

A freshman in her second semester at Parsons School of Design in New York, BET’s Next in Class honor is one that she can add to the accolades she’s sure to amass including the roster of celebrities who have worn her designs:

Naturi Naughton

Tyra Banks


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