While we all want to stand out at our prom, wearing an unforgettable dress and making a serious statement, it doesn’t always work out for us for various reasons. And that’s perfectly fine. There’s nothing wrong with wearing a simple, casual dress to your prom. What’s most important is that you feel comfortable. For eighteen year old Peyton Manker from Illinois, what that meant was wearing a handmade dress from dozens upon dozens of rolls of duct tape, and she’s been getting no shortage of attention online for her unique creation.
When Peyton entered the Stuck at Prom contest, she never imagined that she would see so much success. The Stuck at Prom contest has been going on for years and challenges high-school students about to graduate in making the best possible duct tape prom attire in order to win an exciting scholarship worth $10,000! She had initially intended to build her dress based on a Leonardo Da Vinci theme, but when things in the world changed pace, she decided to build her dress accordingly. Peyton also decided to do so because she knew it would be the most original, and that no one else would be able to recreate what she was going to do.
And although both Peyton’s graduation ceremony and prom were cancelled this year, that didn’t stop her from investing an impressive 395 hours of hard work, as well as 41 duct tape rolls into her prom dress. While she also didn’t get the chance to wear it in front of her peers at prom, she managed to do something even better – showing it off to the rest of the world thanks to her mother Suzy, who shared a picture of Peyton on Facebook. The picture has been shared more than 250,000 times and she’s also received endless messages from people across the globe, sharing their appreciation for her unique handmade dress!