Prom pop-up fashion show offers some normalcy for high school teens

OCEAN CITY, Md. – Prom is a night many high school students start preparing for months ahead. However, after the pandemic put many proms on hold, Sandals Bridal is making sure this year’s event, is a night to remember.

The dress shop received an overflow of prom dresses and held a Trunk Show. So, owner, Maria McEvoy thought it would be a perfect opportunity to add a little sparkle to local high school girls on their big day. “We’ve been in this way for two years and it doesn’t feel normal anymore, it’s kind of like a new experience to come back to it,” says Stephen Decatur High School (SDHS) Junior, Lauren Hoffman. Another junior from SDHS, Mackensie Martinez adds, “After missing a homecoming, I didn’t go to school for a year so it’s very exciting to experience, even our senior prom we’ll be able to do I’m very excited.”

McEvoy tells 47 ABC, local beauty and photography businesses stepped in to help put on a prom pop-up fashion show where high school girls could try on dresses, get their hair and make-up done. “All women-owned businesses coming out to help these girls plan the day that they’ve dreamt of their whole life now that they can finally have it again,” says McEvoy.

Along with Sandals Bridal, the other businesses helped put on a prom pop-up where high school girls could plan their whole prom night, and get ready to dazzle on the dance floor. “It was definitely more nerve-wracking to have someone here but it felt really good knowing they were all supporting u,” says Martinez. Hoffman adds, “I feel like this whole week I was really scared of what to expect but I think it turned out really awesome.”

Business owners tell us, it wasn’t just a chance to showcase their inventory and services, “It was super great to be able to network and talk to different vendors and just see what everybody else has to offer in the beauty industry,” says Tiffany Hoffman, owner of Tiffersons.

We’re told it was also about empowering young women.  “They did such a great job they were beautiful and I got to be the photographer to capture it so it was fun,” says Amanda White, photographer, and owner of Arbor Lane Studios.

Business owners say it was empowering for them to pull together a day of celebration and planning for girls who didn’t have the “normal” luxuries of prom and high school experiences, and the fashion show encompassed those feelings. “I think just watching the parents light up has been the best part of just seeing this whole fashion show,” says White. T. Hoffman adds, “I liked seeing the girls come down the runway and it just shows how well things can get put together.”

McEvoy also says the day was more than just helping young women plan their prom, it was about giving them a taste of a new normal. “These kids not only missed prom but they missed sports, the missed school and just being together with their friends every day. So it’s time to get back to a little bit of normalcy and let them live what they’ve dreamt for, for their whole lives.”

The Trunk show at Sandals Bridal in West Ocean City will go through March 6th, and dresses and tuxedos are being offered at a discounted price.

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