TLC’s Say Yes to the Dress is known for helping brides find the wedding dress of their dreams. But for the fifth year in a row, the show is coming to the rescue for deserving high school students.
According to PEOPLE, “TLC is hosting its ‘Say Yes to the Prom’ initiative that helps kids-in-need get the dream night they deserve — without the financial burden.”
On Monday, March 14, 50 high-achieving high school students from New York City took to the runway set up at Manhattan’s Intercontinental hotel to model the latest in prom fashion, trying on all styles from ballgowns to tuxedos.
Forty girls and 10 boys representing all five boroughs of the city chose the prom ensemble of their dreams from a selection of 2,000 gowns and suits donated by Sherri Hill and Men’s Wearhouse respectively. The best part — the outfits are gifted to the students, allowing some of them to attend their prom for the very first time.
After picking out their special look, the students received full hair and makeup tutorials, provided by Paul Mitchell and Dinair.
Working his magic in the same way he does with his brides, Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta‘s Monte Durham played host and stylist to the students, helping them put together their looks and encouraging them to keep their confidence in their outfits on their prom night.
“They come in a little shy, not sure what to expect and then throughout the day you see them opening up and really transforming!” Durham told PEOPLE. “I hope that the dress, tux and all the accessories are only a start of confidence that will last a lifetime.”
As each student took their turn on the runway to model their prom look, Durham introduced them and explained how their outfit perfectly complemented the student model.
“These deserving girls and guys just really make me smile,” he said. “When they walk the runway…their confidence really says it all.”