This teen was body-shamed for her “revealing” prom dress
Most schools have a dress code, but the way it was enforced at one Tennessee prom has people all over the country seeing red. A high school senior in a perfectly modest dress was asked to cover up because she has curves.
Maryville High School Senior Amy Steverson was turned away from her prom last week for wearing a dress administrators dubbed “inappropriate.” In a post on Facebook, her mom’s friend, Tiffani Taylor, shared a photo of her dress, as well as a description of what happened that will leave you infuriated. She says Amy was stopped at the door and told her dress was “too revealing.” She “spent some time crying in the bathroom” and then was told she had to wear the vice principal’s tuxedo jacket if she wanted to be allowed inside.
The reason? Amy has breasts. Writes Taylor, “She was told by a teacher repeatedly ‘Us big girls gotta cover up.’ This young girl was SHAMED for having breasts. Her excitement during this memorable time of her life turned into embarrassment at the hands of adults who are supposed to be leading her. SHAME on YOU, Maryville.”
Since Taylor’s post went up, it’s been shared almost 23,000 times, and hundreds of people have left supportive comments, including a number of students who were at Steverson’s prom and say they were allowed in with dresses way more revealing than hers. Wrote one fellow student, “My dress had an open back almost all the way down to my hips, and not ONE teacher said a word to me. One of them even COMPLIMENTED me!”
Amy did opt to wear the suit jacket so she could go into her senior prom, but it’s a shame that she was even asked to do that. Her dress was not revealing, and to be repeatedly told that as a “big girl” you have some sort of extra responsibility to cover up your body? Ugh.
When I was in middle school, I was sent to the principal’s office for the length of my shorts. Once I got there, it was determined that my shorts were not too short; I just had really long legs for my age and my long legs made standard length shorts look shorter. I remember how ashamed I felt for “breaking the rules” and how the principal kept telling me over and over that I had to cover up because I had “those long, lovely legs.” It was humiliating and gross, and it made me feel a sense of shame about an aspect of my body over which I had zero control.
It makes sense to have a dress code at a formal event like a prom, but Amy was not dressed inappropriately. Her dress was not revealing. She’s a beautiful girl in very elegant, formal attire, and it’s so frustrating that her night was ruined because of absurd body standards and administrators who can’t handle a little bit of cleavage. Hopefully the support Amy’s getting from people all over the country helps her understand that this is not her fault and encourages the folks at her school to do better next time.