Naturi Naughton Slayed BET Awards Red Carpet In Dress Designed By Teen Sensation Kyemah McEntyre

Kyemah | Naturi Naughton

If you thought Naturi Naughton’s African-inspired dress on the 2015 BET Awards red carpet last night channeled high school designer Kyemah McEntyre — you know, the teen who broke the internet with her self-designed prom dress —  then you were right! As it turns out, she also designed this floor-length gown with plunging neckline and criss-crossed back.

[See Also: This Teen’s Afrocentric Prom Look Slayed]

The New Jersey natives connected after McEntyre’s own custom-made dress became a viral and headline sensation for empowering budding fashionistas and designers everywhere. In an exclusive with Necole Bitchie, the 18-year-old explained how she scored her second design job ever:

Naturi contacted me through e-mail, and we talked over the phone about her ideal dress. She explained to me that she wanted to connect with her African roots as well. I explained to her that my prom dress was my first design ever and that her design would be my second. So, of course, I asked her to bare with me. Naturi and her beautiful soul welcomed me despite my experience with Fashion Designing. She wanted to shed light on young people from her community [East Orange, New Jersey] and that she did. I enlisted a local seamstress by the name of Markell Mockabee, who brought my design to life.

Kudos to Naughton for having faith in and helping to further McEntyre’s goal to be a voice of her generation. We look forward to seeing more of McEntyre’s creations. In the meantime, click through for front and back shots of the show-stopping dress.

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isis is a music, hair and communications junkie. she is a Black beauty editor; founder of Sadiaa, the premiere beauty directory for women of color, and editor for