Teen wears red dress to school prom and the reaction of classmates and teachers is stunning
HARLESTON, NORFOLK: A 16-year-old boy, "living his best life" was met with heaps of love and support when he turned up to his school prom in a sequined tuxedo paired with a ballgown skirt. Korben, a student at Archbishop Sancroft High School in Harleston, Norfolk was cheered on by his classmates and teachers alike when he stunned everyone with his look.
According to his mother, Nina Green, this had always been Korben's dream. "At age 12, my son announced he wanted to go to his school prom in a gown. Four years later we made it happen. I’m so incredibly proud of him for being true to himself and the reception he got from his whole school was incredible," she wrote, sharing images of her son dressed in red.
At age 12 my son announced he wanted to go to his school #prom in a gown. Four years later we made it happen. I’m so incredibly #proud of him for being true to himself & the reception he got from his whole school was incredible. What do you think @michellevisage @theebillyporter pic.twitter.com/lsLKnmY9k5— Nina Green (@thisisneenz) July 1, 2022
"He wants to go as himself, while expressing his feminine side — with a tuxedo on the top and a dress at the bottom, very much influenced by (actor) Billy Porter. He wanted to be Korben... but in a dress," added Green, as per an article by Upworthy. The proud mother wanted to show her son what "living his best life" meant and added that it filled her with immense pride to see him stay true to himself rather than trying to fit into stereotypes.
Speaking of his mother's unwavering support, "It sends a message - you can be who you want to be," says Korben, who amazed the school with his outfit. "As soon as he got out of the car, everyone just cheered and I was crying, some of the teachers were crying, because he was being who he wanted to be," recounted Green, adding, "Everyone has been very supportive, and his year group has been incredible. If you let your child be who they are then you'll get nothing but the best out of them."
Ohhhhhhhh yes! You are an amazing beautiful mom and your child is a STAR https://t.co/xNijKTggAM— michelle visage (@michellevisage) July 1, 2022
Green's tweet has since gone viral, garnering love from all corners. Korben's pictures were retweeted by Ru Paul's Drag Race star Michelle Visage who wrote, "Ohhhhhhhh yes! You are an amazing beautiful mom and your child is a STAR." Green recalled showing this to Korben who was absolutely thrilled. "When I showed Korben the retweet he was absolutely blown away - he was so made up," she said. The 16-year-old was also recognized by many during the London Pride. He said, "Then at Pride, someone in the march came up to him and said 'are you the boy in the red dress? I think you're amazing.'"
Oh my goodness… the amount of love… THANK YOU!! Thank you to everyone who is not only supportive of me but supports the LGBTQIA+ community! Thank you for spreading love!❤️🔥⭐️🏳️🌈🏳️⚧️#blacklivesmatter https://t.co/pOWbDMbVXs— Miss Frou Frou (@missfroufrou1) July 1, 2022