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Tear-Jerking! Tyra Banks Surprises Young African Designer whose Prom Dress Went Viral on the FABLife | Watch



Kyemah McEntyre - BellaNaija - September 2015001 (1)If you’re on Instagrm, there is a huge chance you have see the photo above.

Since 18-year-old designer, Kyemah McEntyre‘s self-designed prom dress went viral, the young Parsons student has been approached by celebrities like India Arie, Naturi Naughton and more to lend her designing skills to their red carpet outfits.

Naturi Naughton in a red carpet dress by Kyemah McEntyre

Naturi Naughton in a red carpet dress by Kyemah McEntyre

Now, the designer can add TV host of the FAB Life, America’s Next Top Model creator and legendary supermodel, Tyra Banks, to her list of celeb fans.

On a recent episode of the fashion & lifestyle show, Tyra invited Kyemah to the show along with her mom to chat about her designs and her future. What Kyemah didn’t know was that Tyra would be wearing the dress she custom designed & delivered to the show earlier on that day.

Kyemah McEntyre and Tyra Banks on The Fab Life - BellaNaija - September 2015003Kyemah McEntyre and Tyra Banks on The Fab Life - BellaNaija - September 2015

The moment is so precious and Tyra is definitely a fan. She told young Kyemah – “I am such a fan of you. I saw you on the Internet and you blew me away with your talent, with your beauty…This is the beginning of your journey and becoming the force that I know that you can be in the fashion world. This is not existing in the fashion world right now, and it is desperately, desperately needed.

Kyemah, and her mom who was in the audience, were filled with tears as she hugged and complemented Tyra on her fab dress.

Watch Kyemah talk about her design process, how she made THE dress, and the tear-jerking moment below:

Kyemah is such an inspiration to young designers, showing you don’t have to try to be the best version of someone else, as long as you’re the best version of you.

She shares inspiring quotes on her page with over 28,000 followers, and shares images of her work and achievements. See a few below:

The many variations of the dress she designed before getting it right

The many variations of the dress she designed before settling for one

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Kyemah was voted the best dressed and most artistic by her class mates

Kyemah was voted the best dressed and most artistic by her class mates

We know this would be a source of inspiration for young African women to chase their dreams, and can’t wait to see what she does next.

Photo Credit: @TyraBanks | @MindOfKye_ (Instagram)

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  1. Christian Sister

    September 30, 2015 at 7:26 pm

    I’m really proud this girl is living her dream, and breaking free from the hold of bullying, Its commendable really.
    Now thing is all I see here is clothes our everyday 1k tailor can make for you. No offence.
    Yes I loved her prom dress, but the rest of the clothes so far are pretty much just okay and not worth the hype. Idk if its just me, but there’s nothing special here,
    They gotta come check out Aseoebi bella and see where the real talent and slayage lives!!

    • Idomagirl

      September 30, 2015 at 9:00 pm

      I agree.

    • AK

      September 30, 2015 at 9:50 pm

      The second part of your comment is absolutely incredible but typical of a certain attitude towards others that I have become used to. What has her work got to do with Aso ebi Bella?
      Who is comparing?
      Go to the style section and look again at what some of your countrymen and women have presented as their creative output. Has anyone made unreasonable comparisons?

      Why do some of you have to be like this all the time?

    • amirah

      October 1, 2015 at 12:35 pm

      I know right!!!What she’s designing is nothing compared to what our tailors here are doing but unfortunately are taken for granted. But sha its coz that’s what we’re used to. But they still are pretty darn talented. We need to appreciate our “mama bisi” , “ibro tailor” tailors,lol.

  2. ajikoko

    September 30, 2015 at 7:56 pm

    She is blessed….It may look common by niga standard; but that’s not the point.She is breaking grounds and she is 18….Its not by Power.Congrats girl.

  3. Mira

    September 30, 2015 at 8:28 pm

    So this babe picks up pieces of dashiki and ankara, makes a long sleeved v- neck dress plus a mono strap plain dress and its called a design?? Lmao.
    I beliv these ppl are just awed by the fabric cos its patterned and different and not necessarily the ‘design’. The designs ain’t rocket science abeg. If the babe actually sewed the dress now it would have made sense small but she doesn’t sew.
    Plsss the overhyping ain’t worth it!!
    It remains for tyra to tie a gele and she is wedding- ready. This is just Naija aso-ebi that these ppl are tripping for and calling it never been seen before.
    Take away the fabric and its just a plain ol over flogged design.

  4. bims

    September 30, 2015 at 9:13 pm

    am not a hater but I thought the same too. any tailor will make this conveniently… Happy for her though.

  5. Missy J

    September 30, 2015 at 10:54 pm

    Hmmmm Tyra banks said this is not existing in the fashion world right now. Chai! then they haven’t see Asoebi Bella and many more.
    Biko don’t give her all the credits. Well, it doesn’t bother me.

  6. Gift Noje

    September 30, 2015 at 11:55 pm too o.the hype no be small

  7. neeka

    October 1, 2015 at 3:55 am

    yes aso abi is great but how are we marketing it?? it was this girls time to shine! opportunity and hardwork and the right timing. i have seen lots of your neighborhood tailor doing the ish tail dress my whole life and playing with African fabrics thesame way. Tyra dress is not so different from the dress Mrs. Obama wore last week by Vera Wang…..(i can hear the stones coming…) the difference is the neck line, dats all…. Kyemah take this 15mins and run with it!!! im glad u are now enrolled in Parsons….

  8. I hate to say

    October 1, 2015 at 4:31 am

    Happy for her .

    Lol is it not what we do when want a dress for a wedding . I agree with you . For all we know she looks at Bella naija Aso ebi cause those ladies come with it !!!

    But if you have the now platform why not run with it .

  9. lmdd

    October 1, 2015 at 9:44 am

    But no Taylor made this without her sketch. No 18 year old wore one to prom even if some did, it wasnt seen. She got the shares and likes on IG. This pattern has been for years, Can’t you guys just see? Its raw talent and will be brushed and polished as time goes by? If this African prints will be on the run way through her where top world designers compete. Then let her be! I had a dress that had braids on it and kept it for years even when It didn’t fit anymore. Who saw it on IG? No one. Naija people learn to encourage and support young minds home and abroad.

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