(NEW YORK) — The prom is every high school girl’s dream, but showing up to the prom in a dress that another girl is wearing? That’s the ultimate nightmare.
More and more girls are turning to social media to prevent that, said Betsy Fast at Seventeen magazine.
The instant a girl picks a dress, they’re now immediately posting a photo of it on Facebook or Twitter,” Fast said, adding: “The girls are saying, ‘This is my dress. You can’t buy it! … It’s mine!”
At Ocean Township High School in Ocean Township, N.J., girls created a Facebook page to announce their prom gown choices in order to avoid copying each other’s dresses.
Girls across the country feel the same way. Some of the cautionary messages posted online can be very strongly worded. One girl wrote: “I swear, if anyone steals my dress I will kill you,” while another wrote: “Don’t steal it or I’ll cut you.”
Some of the New Jersey teens said they’ve gotten good feedback about their dress choices, but others have reportedly been driven to tears by negative comments, or by too few people approving of their choice.
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Debra Goldschmidt and Nadia Kounang, CNN
Jennifer Graham, Deseret News