Believe it or not, a dress was not Adam Bell’s first choice for his senior prom. It was his last second purchase because “option A” didn’t fit the 18-year-old.
"I went with a couple companies that I saw celebs wear and so I went with that. I picked it out and won,” said Bell.
Bell ran for Powdersville High School’s prom king with the student body knowing he'd wear a dress to the dance. He said he received nearly 50 percent of the winning votes.
He didn’t expect any extra attention when he strolled onto the red carpet for prom over the weekend at the Hilton. He even followed the school’s dress code.
"I didn't because my school has been so supportive the whole time,” said Bell, “They've seen it on a daily basis from me so it was nothing new to them."
However, when the school posted photos of all the students who attended the junior-senior prom, his photo received a lot of attention. Bell, an openly gay honor student, says he enjoys fashion and make up.
He’s currently in a beauty program with a makeup retailer. He also said it’s not the first time he’s worn a dress to a school dance, which allows him to perfect his skills.
The Powdersville High School Facebook received enough negative attention to the point where the school district pulled the entire Facebook page down temporarily.
The district issued the following statement:"This weekend Powdersville High School hosted its annual junior senior prom. Consistent with the school's long standing tradition, the students nominated and elected a prom king and queen. This year the king and queen elected were Aston Irby and Adam Bell.""For every one negative comment, I was responding back to seven positive comments,” explained Bell. “I never responded back to any of the negative ones."
Bell says he saw a lot of negativity, but embraced the love and positivity from strangers who were posting. He hopes his story will inspire others to be open about who they are.
"Pretty much do anything you want as long as it's not hurting someone else,” said Bell. “As long as you're expressing your true self and it's not harming anyone else, go for it."
Bell added he wouldn’t be deterred from wearing a dress for graduation in a month.
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