Photo by Heather Middleton
By M.J. Subiria Arauz
Local high school girls unable to afford prom dresses this year, will get a chance to obtain a dress for free, through the help of a Jonesboro beauty salon.
Lady Rush Hair, Make-up, and Photography Studio will hold its first "Prom Girl Drive," through March 31, at 186 North Avenue, Suite 105, Jonesboro, said Latoia Lewis, master cosmetologist at the beauty salon.
Lewis said the studio encourages the public to donate new or gently used prom dresses, and formal gowns, for needy teenage girls.
"With today's economy, it is becoming more difficult to maintain expensive beauty needs for our children," said Jade Williams, owner of Lady Rush Hair, Make-up, and Photography Studio. "As a mother and stylist, I thought that even by sponsoring just a few girls, we could help give back to our community."
Donations can be made at the studio on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, from 9 a.m., to 7 p.m., added Lewis.
She said two of the 10 dresses that have been donated this week are her contributions. Williams' donations include a silver sequence dress she wore for a prom her junior year of high school, and a black two-piece dress she wore her senior year, she said.
Teenage girls interested in obtaining a dress, must be attending a Clayton County public high school, she said. There are no additional qualifications, and it will be on a first-come, first-serve basis, she added.
"I truly feel it's important that every young lady experiences their prom," said Lewis.
Lewis said the studio will continue the drive next year, and is considering expanding its audience to neighboring counties.
Master cosmetologist Lewis said that she, Williams and the studio's photographer identified that there was in need in the community at the studio. While getting their hair done, young girls could be overheard speaking about prom expenses and how difficult it would be for them to attend, she said.
"We feel, if we can provide the dress, that would take a large financial cost of prom," said Lewis.
Lewis, 26, said the studio also has a "Glam Girl Essay Contest," for high school girls.
The teens must submit a one page essay, by March 30, explaining why they deserve a full makeover, she said. Essays may be submitted, via e-mail, to firstname.lastname@example.org, with the subject line "Prom Essay," she said.
To qualify for the contest, the girls must be attending a Clayton County public high school, she added.
A junior, and a senior will be chosen from all 10 public high schools in the county, according to Lewis.
The makeover will include a free hair, make up and photography session, valued at $145.
Girls may begin contacting the studio on April 1, at (770) 477-7227.