Prom is a big opportunity to dress up for many teenage girls. And for Kaylah Bell it was no different. She had the perfect gown and was dressed to impress with all the accessories. But there was one thing missing – a date. However, her grandfather wouldn’t stand for that and so he stepped up to her aid in style.
Like many of her peers, 17-year-old Bell was excited for her prom night. The high school prom has a long history in the United States, with written accounts dating as far back as the 1890s. Traditionally, prom would mark a transition from childhood into adulthood and it was a night of multiple firsts.
Today, proms often serve as a teenager’s first grown-up social function. Indeed, in some cases it might also represent the first time they are permitted to drive a car at night. And while the prom has changed over the decades, one thing has stayed the same. To this day, it remains an event for formal dress-up.