Muslim High School Creates Girls-Only Prom for Students

It’s a rite of passage for most American teens: going to the high school prom. However, for 65 percent of the students at Hamtramck High, prom is not an option due to their religious beliefs. You see, the majority of students at Hamtramck High are Muslim and follow the religion’s rules that forbids dating, dancing with members of the opposite gender, and appearing without a head scarf in public. So, it seemed that for these young women, the dream of having a prom was out of the question.

Or at least that’s how it was in the past. This year, a group of young ladies decided to take matters into their own hands and organized an all-girls prom, complete with juice-filled plastic flutes, homemade Greek columns, and a light-up fountain that was filled with pink water. And of course, there was “music all night, except during dinner and five minutes for prayer.”

Tharima Ahmed is one of the main organizers of the event. With only $2,500 and seven-months of planning, Ahmed and her friends put together a night that for those who attended will never forget. At first, there were many people who said the plan to have a prom without boys wouldn’t work. However, after Ahmed and her friends surveyed the students at their school and found that many did, in fact, want a prom without boys, the school’s faculty supported their students. Read the rest of this entry »

Five Prom Dress No-No’s

Well, Prom season is upon us! For many young ladies, picking out their prom dress is the second most important shopping experience of their lives, second only to picking out their wedding dress. The trends change every year: different lengths, colors, hemlines, and details come in and out of style. For example, in the 1980s, bright colors and short skirts were definitely in style. I went to my senior prom in 2007 in a floor length, strapless number that reminded me of Cinderella. This year, the trends seem to favor a short dress in softer hues.

Going with the trend is a safe bet for prom. However, many girls like to stand out from the crowd in their prom dresses. Unfortunately, this can lead to disaster if you end up picking a dress that is a fashion faux-pas. If you do not want to go with the standard dresses that everyone else will be wearing this year, but want to avoid a “what was I thinking?” moment, make sure to avoid these five disaster zones:

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Hottest Prom Trends for 2011

Halston Heritage, Nordstrom BP, David's Bridal, ABS by Allen Schwartz

High School prom is, for many teenage girls, the most monumental night of their high school careers. Along with graduation, finding out your SAT scores and receiving your first college acceptance letter, picking out a senior prom dress is a memorable moment that you’ll hopefully look back on as a wonderful beginning to the celebration that is your transition from high school to college.

They’ll be numerous pictures and Twit Pics taken and Flip Cam videos uploaded to Facebook for you to remember the night forever, so you definitely want to make sure you’re looking and feeling your best!

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Lesbian Teen Misses Prom, Becomes Gay Rights Activist

Along with graduation, homecoming and rivalry football games, prom is one of those rites of passage that every high-school student hopes to attend. That wasn’t an option for Constance McMillen. Her school canceled prom instead of letting her bring her girlfriend.Constance McMillen

McMillen was upfront about her sexual orientation, and, although her high school in Fulton, Miss. hadn’t let same-sex dates to prom in the past, she hoped to make a change. When the school refused to let her bring a same-sex date, McMillen contacted the American Civil Liberties Union and filed suit.

After the school was found to be in violation of the First Amendment, officials responded by first canceling prom and then creating a “fake” prom for McMillen to attend. The rest of her classmates had prom at a concealed location at an event organized by parents.

“It’s wrong for schools to do that; it’s wrong to discriminate,” McMillen told The Associated Press. Read the rest of this entry »

Prom Dress Made Out of Gum Wrappers

Gum wrapper prom dress: Image via

Gum wrapper prom dress: Image via

Prom is a great part of high school. I was lucky enough to attend three proms, and each year, I got a fancier dress. My first year, it was simple and black; by the third year, it was sequined and glittery and so puffy I could not fit through some doors. I admit, my outfit choices probably were not the best decisions I have ever made. At the time though, I felt very cool.

However, I will never be as cool – or environmentally friendly– as Elizabeth Rasmuson.

Rasmuson is a high school junior in Garner, Iowa, and will be attending the prom with her boyfriend, Jordan Weaver, this spring.

Okay, so what’s so special about this couple? How about the fact that they made their prom attire out of gum wrappers?

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Lesbian Fear Cancels Prom in Mississippi High School [UPDATED]

Constance McMillen, Via Huffington Post

Constance McMillen, Via Huffington Post

UPDATE: Constance McMillen was awarded $35,000 from the Itawamba County School District for violation of her civil rights (July 21, 2010).

A high school in a Mississippi school district canceled its spring prom because a student, Constance McMillen, asked to bring her girlfriend and wear a tuxedo to the yearly gala.

Rather than owning up to the real reasons why the prom was cancelled, school officials are instead citing that it is “due to the distractions to the educational process caused by recent events.” “Recent events” being a request by openly gay McMillen to invite her girlfriend to the prom.

McMillen told CBS News, “I just want to go to the prom and bring my date, just like everyone else gets to.”

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5 Tips to Prepare for Senior Prom

prom dateIn less than a month, East High will be holding its prom! Prom, like many high schools I know of, is attended by both seniors and juniors. After last year’s prom, I’m even more excited this year simply because it’s my senior prom. Junior prom was a blast for me, but there seems to be something special about senior prom.

Just making sure you have all the little things figured out will make your actual prom day so much easier.

1. Dresses. By now, it would be a good idea to have a dress or start looking soon! Many specialty dress shops will write down a dress when it is purchased so that another student from the same school will not have yours. Read the rest of this entry »


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