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Teen wears Black Lives Matter-inspired dress to prom

NEW YORK – A Florida teenager wore a dress featuring pictures of Trayvon Martin, Sandra Bland, Michael Brown and others to her high school prom.

“When someone loses a mother, father or child in unnecessary circumstances, it should not be overlooked but addressed,” 17-year-old Milan Bolden-Morris told CNN after she wore the dress to the Pahokee High School prom on Friday.

The dress was designed by Florida-based designer Terrence Torrence. The dress features pictures of 15 African-Americans who were killed in police-involved shootings, he said.

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

Bolden-Morris asked Torrence to design her prom dress after he designed her cousin’s wedding dress.

“Yes I’m black. Yes I’m 17. Yes GOD is using me to convey a message that’s bigger than me,” Bolden-Morris wrote on Instagram.

Torrence said he is overwhelmed by the response to his design, saying it has been mostly positive.