A brave young kid who wearing this charming pink dress for a school leavers’ gathering party was crowned prom queen.
Xavier Parkins, from Derby, wore a short pink strapless dress with matching heels to the occasion at Pride Park stadium. The student, 15, took six hours to get ready for the occasion a week ago and it was the first time that a boy has been made prom queen at the school.
It was also the first time the youngster had dressed in drag in front of his friends from Lees Brook Community School. His mum Sharnee, 45 told Derbyshire Live she was incredibly proud of her son.
The mum-of-four said: “I’m totally humbled, I can’t imagine where you get the courage at the age of 15 to do that, it is so brave. His friends were really supportive. A few people weren’t happy for him but that was outweighed by the positive feedback. Xav was hoping to get the Best Dressed award because it isn’t gender-biased, but he did say he’d love to get prom queen. It was his peers who voted for him which is an accolade because it takes a lot of courage for them to come out and support it as well.”
Xavier designed the dress with a dressmaker as well as doing all his own make-up, hair and nails on the night.
Sharnee added: Xavier’s brothers are “so proud” and her eldest son texted Xavier on the day of his prom to say “I love you. I always say to him, if you’re happy at home you can cope with anything. He wants to be a drag queen but he’s very academic too so he could do anything. He’s got a very wise head on his shoulders.”
Xavier, who traveled on a private Arriva bus with his friends to their prom, said:
“It was quite scary at first, but when I walked in everyone said ‘you look so good’. One of my teachers was taking photos with people and he didn’t know who I was. When he later found out it was me, it was amazing. Some lads were saying things about me, but I didn’t really care. I really wanted to win Prom Queen to cause a stir because it would be so unexpected.”