Red is the new black. Just look at 16-year-od Korben who is literal fire in his prom outfit. The fashion-forward teen decided at 12 that he wanted to wear a gown to his prom.
Four years later, his dream came true. Korben paired a bright red billowing gown with a sequined tuxedo jacket, crown and matching sequined purse.
Slay, Korben. Slay.
It wasn’t that long ago that boys weren’t allowed to wear gowns to their proms (in America, especially) but those days are (mostly) over and Korben’s bold fashion choice has hit social media celeb level. Korben’s proud mum posted photos of her son on Twitter.
At age 12, my son announced he wanted to go to his school prom in a gown. Four years later we made it happen. I’m so incredibly proud of him for being true to himself and the reception he got from his whole school was incredible,” Nina shared on Twitter.
Nina also tagged RuPaul’s Drag Race judge Michelle Visage, asking for her thoughts, to which the American celebrity replied: “Ohhhhhhhh yes! You are an amazing, beautiful mom and your child is a STAR.”
Good vibes from Twitter
Twitter delivers the positivity with comments flooding in complementing Korben’s prom outfit gown and shimmering tuxedo. The oversized bow tie just pulls it all together. And the crown, of course.
The support and positivity has been overwhelming and have totally drowned out the few negative ones, which we take no notice of. It’s his life and I’m letting him live it.”
According to Korben’s mum, the entire school was also supportive of Korben’s unique look. He exited his car to loud cheers from his classmates and staff members at Archbishop Sancroft High School in Harleston, Norfolk.
As soon as he got out of the car, everyone just cheered and I was crying, some of the teachers were crying, because he was being who he wanted to be.”
Nina also shared that Korben has always loved wearing dresses. From his early teenage years, he has performed as ‘sassy’ drag queen Miss Frou Frou.
But he didn’t attend his prom as Miss Frou Frou.
He wanted to go as himself, while expressing his feminine side – with a tuxedo on the top and a dress at the bottom, very much influenced by [American actor] Billy Porter.
He wanted to be Korben… but in a dress.”
The world can be a cruel cruel place and, while everyone is entitled to their own opinion, there’s a time and place to express it. We’re so glad the majority of those on Twitter and in Korben’s hometown chose kindness and support.
Because this outfit slays and deserves ALL the applause in the world. Take a bow, Korben. You look fire.
Teen fashion queens
We love seeing teens be teens and showcasing the side of them that makes them unique.
Have a read of some of these other costume head-turners over the years.
In 2020 a teen used COVID as her inspiration to craft a prom dress entirely out of duct tape. This teen spent 400 hours creating a COVID-themed gown (and accessories no less) from duct tape and the result is nothing short of stunning.
Angela Clayton was just 18 years old when she debuted some of the stunning dresses she’s designed and made. The teen had only been sewing for three years and check out this dress!
Her collection features several Disney-inspired gowns that are no run-of-the-mill designs either. Some projects can take her as much as 250 hours to complete, and one costume in particular used 11 metres of fabric alone. Amazing!
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