Creative Teen Won $10,000 Scholarship For Designing A Prom Dress From Duct Tape: ‘I’m More Than Proud’

by Gee NY
Chidinma Onwuliri

Chidinma Onwuliri, a 17-year-old high school student from Toronto, Canada, captured hearts and minds with her creativity and craftsmanship.

In 2022, she won a prestigious $10,000 college scholarship award for her outstanding prom outfit made entirely from duct tape.

The contest, known as Stuck at Prom and organized by Duck Brand, challenged participants to fashion their own prom attire using Duck Brand duct tape and/or crafting tape, and submit a picture wearing it.

Onwuliri’s entry stood out, earning her the grand prize for the best tuxedo ensemble.

For Onwuliri, the decision to create a suit rather than a dress was a reflection of her personality.

Having grown up closely with her older brother, she describes herself as a natural tomboy. In her contest entry, she expressed her desire to merge elements of both masculinity and femininity in her design.

Using 12 rolls of duct tape and dedicating 30 hours to the project, Onwuliri crafted a stunning pink suit that defies convention.

Her creation not only showcases her talent but also carries a powerful message about the beauty of embracing different aspects of gender identity.

“I am more than proud of the piece of art I was able to create,” Onwuliri said after being declared winner. “I am truly happy for the opportunity to present this piece to the world as well as the message I wish to share through it.”

Onwuliri’s achievement highlights the boundless creativity and innovation found within young minds.

Her success serves as an inspiration to aspiring artists and designers, demonstrating that with dedication and ingenuity, anything is possible.

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