More than 200 Houston teenagers are ready for prom, thanks to an initiative from TLC's Say Yes to the Prom that brought free formalwear and head-to-toe makeovers to town last week.
The network and its retail partner, Macy's, brought a selection of 2,500 dresses, bags, and accessories to Houston's Marriott Marquis on March 22 during an all-day prom shopping event for more than 200 underserved and academically high-achieving students from C.E. King, Sam Houston, Wisdom, Wheatley, and Madison high schools. The event marked the fourth of six stops on the Say Yes to the Prom cross-country tour, which also touches down in New York, Miami, Tampa, Tennessee, and Maryland to help nearly 1,000 teens prepare for their nights to remember.
Houston students chose from Macy's dresses—including a special Say Yes to the Prom collection of 500—and shoes by Katy Perry Collections, plus tuxedo rentals and accessories from Men's Warehouse. Paul Mitchell Schools aestheticians-in-training provided hair and makeup consultations, and Monte Durham (known for his recurring role on TLC's Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta) offered one-on-one styling. Beyond the gratis prom attire, students also gained professional mentors through TLC parent company Discover's partnerships with the Will & Jada Smith Family Foundation and Emma Bowen Foundation.