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Would you let your teen wear this to prom?

As first reported by khouTV, high-schooler Marche Taylor's unique style not only got her bounced from the formal event, but handcuffed too. A regular teen dating event turned unusual when the high school senior showed up to her Houston prom half naked and she was forbidden to enter for violating the dress code policy. After the high-schooler demanded her money back, an argument ensued and police were called, leading to her arrest.

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Anonymous May 12, 2008, 6:58 PM

the radio stations are talking about the dress, michael b show; but no one has asked the question where is the father?

Anonymous May 12, 2008, 7:11 PM

Every school has a dress code for school activities. It was her (and her parents) responsibility to make sure her “fashion creation” did not violate the dress code.
I’m just curious, what kind of community (family & friends) does she live in where no one said “You look a hot mess! Take that off or add some material!”

jennifer May 12, 2008, 8:03 PM

Her mother should be slapped for letting her wear this. Or maybe her mother doesn’t care. And where is the father. Let me guess he is no where around….

Cassidy May 12, 2008, 8:06 PM

that isnt a prom dress that is a cloth

Heather May 12, 2008, 10:32 PM

Okay, if your nipples show… why would you think you can wear that to a school function. That isn’t an argument of dress code violation… it is a young girl looking for the wrong kind of attention. I would be embarassed.

April May 13, 2008, 8:30 AM

That’s not fashion… that’s just trashy. Why didn’t her parents say anything to her? I could never imagine letting my daughter walk out of the house like that, especially if she’s going to a high school prom.

hotgrl May 13, 2008, 10:22 AM

to let you all know i work with the parent and you all don’t know the whole story the mom paid for a differ dress and the daug went back and chg the dress around to that so you can’t blame the mom b/c it’s not her fault i work with the mom

lorac May 13, 2008, 11:08 AM

Does this kid go to an Arts Schl? Maybe she wanted to display her creative abilities only to look back yrs from now to view her creation, possilby to realize what a mistake she made. We’ve all made them. Who knows she could be the next up and coming Fashion Designer. After all she was using her creative abilities. While this is not something that I would have favored, we all have to learn from the choices we make. There was no need for an arrest. Would you have wanted your CHILD arrested if they chose to make the wrong choice in FASHION? Contrary to how she is dressed she is still a child. She’s dressed no differently than the women in the videos that you may allow your teens to watch. Where’d she learn it from? Mom? Dad? Let’s not be so hard on the children. We’ve all made wrong choices at one point in our lives….Baltimore Mom of a fashion Diva

Anonymous May 13, 2008, 12:22 PM

I blame the hip-hop/rap music culture that influences young women to dress half naked. Artists like Lil’ Kim dress like that at music events, so a young girl wanting attention may think it’s cool to do so too. Sexy is supposed to be subtle ladies, ask any decent man.

April May 13, 2008, 1:48 PM

lorac - this girl wasn’t arrested because of her (awful) fashion. She was arrested because she argued with school officials and became disorderly. And in that case, YES she deserved to be arrested. Maybe her parents should have taught her a little respect - but I guess they skipped that lesson, along with lessons on modesty and class.

EG May 13, 2008, 3:11 PM

Didn’t Salt ‘n’ Pepa wear something like this?

Jojo May 13, 2008, 4:40 PM

lol omg i thought everyone was tlking about the girl in the first pic with her so i was like how is that so bad but then i clicked the pic and yea thts gross lol

scholarlymama May 13, 2008, 8:38 PM

Oh no she didn’t!!! As a woman of color and a mother, I am appalled and embarrassed for that child, because neither she nor her legal guardians have the good sense to be embarrassed for her. While I agree that the influence of hip-hop culture has alot to do with her choice of attire, and I use the word attire loosely, as I have more cloth in my bra and panties, a certain amount of responsibility has to fall on her parents/guardians. What were they thinking, allowing her to bring a dress like that into their home? And where did she get that dress -Hoochies R Us?? If my daughter even dreamed of wearing such a dress, she’d better wake up and apologize. Not only should she have been arrested for her actions, she should be arrested for crimes against fashion.

Nichole May 14, 2008, 8:36 AM

This was this young ladies prom, her dress was not so provocative to get her kicked out of it. There are many reasons why a young lady would find that dress attractive and suitable, for one take a look at the role models and what they are wearing, no one complains about that, further why don’t we focus on more important teen issues, such as suicide, teen pregnancy, and violence, and take the focus off such petty things such as this dress. Girls wear bikinis everyday, does it get them kicked off the beach. The night was supposed to be for fun and maybe trying something a little out of the norm. The complainers need to find something better to do.

Melanie May 14, 2008, 1:21 PM

This seriously can’t be all there is to it though. More had to happen between the time that she offered to cover herself up more and the time when “things got out of hand.” These news sources nowadays leave so much stuff out that it makes our law enforcement look bad sometimes.

stinkybrat41 May 15, 2008, 12:33 AM

that dress and i use the term loosely is a disgrace. what’s more of a shame is that the young lady actually thinks she looks good! someone somewhere told her that she looked cute-but really it speaks volumes about her self-esteem or should i say a lack ofself-esteem. these young girls think that wearing “hooker wear” as i call it will get them attention but it’s all the wrong attention. where were her parents? the school did the right thing, if my child was at an event like this i would be livid to discover that some lil’ girl walked around all night 1/2 dressed and no adult did anything. but if she’d have been assaulted they would have shared blame for not only not protecting her but every other girl there by not condoning that form of “self-expression”.

thasupastar1600 May 15, 2008, 1:46 PM

I don’t care what the girl thought, she looked like a straight up prostitute looking for her next client. How could you ever think that you look nice in something like that…And it is the mother’s fault because first of all….the girl had to come back home to dress…and then her mother just let her leave like that, second of all her mother should have taught her daughter how to dress nicely, but not at all or slutty. And for those of y’all who think someone is hatin’ on her you are as dumb, naive, and ignorant as the girl is… She’s dressed like she’s not coming back home or something.

Rabia Diluvio May 15, 2008, 11:32 PM

I cannot believe there are people here defending this gownless evening strap.

You could get teddies with more actual flesh coverage at Victoria’s Secret.

AMR May 16, 2008, 10:15 AM

I think the dress is ugly.
I think if she liked, it’s her right to wear it, and everybody else can keep their opinion to themselves.
I think if she violated dress code, she should have not been let in (as it happened)
I think if she wasn’t let in, she should have gotten her money back.
And last, I think dress codes are dumb.

Jen W May 18, 2008, 12:50 AM

For Nichole: While I agree that there are more important issues for us to focus on, I think you are forgetting where a lot of your examples come from. Unfortunately, some teen girls these days think that you need to dress like that to get a boy’s attention. They think that looking like a “sexy” adult is what they need to do. They are not prepared for the consequenses. You dress like this you are going to get the wrong type of guy because you are sending the message that you are easy. You are expected now to be easy so you have sex. You are not prepared for that so you may get pregnant. Or you may feel so badly about your decisons and how people now think of you that you spiral into a depression you see no way out of. You contemplate, attemp, possibly succeed suicide. Or, you dress like this, people think your easy so the boys act on it and you end up battered, or worse raped. Now we have that teen violence you were talking about. I am not saying that just by dressing like this, all that will happen, but you need to open your eyes to where all these teen problems that our kids are facing can stem from.

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