Grace Goldstein, a senior at Stuyvesant High School in New York City, had plans to wear a pink tulle and sequin dress she thrifted, going for a princess vibe. “I’ve been romanticizing TV and movie proms my whole life, so I wanted to fit into the magical image in my head. As a climate activist, and someone with limited funds, my first big prom decision was to thrift my dress. I still can’t believe I found something so perfect on my first attempt,” Goldstein says. “I’m really shattered that I won’t be getting ready for prom at someone’s house with my amazing friend group. Getting dressed up for prom is like wearing your heart on your sleeve. You pick a dress, or a suit, or anything, that makes you feel like your most beautiful self. Just for one night.”

Olivia Franken, a senior at Shawnee High School in New Jersey, was inspired by movies she watched growing up too. “I wanted to…

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