Prom dress boy claims it is "everything" to be called inspiring

One boy who wore a sequined gown to school prom stated that he felt "overwhelmed" when people called him an inspiration.

Prom dress boy claims it is "everything" to be called inspiring

One boy who wore a sequined gown to school prom stated that he felt "overwhelmed" when people called him an inspiration.

Korben, 16 years old, arrived at the celebration near Norwich, Norfolk to the cheers of friends and teachers.

His stunning look has been seen by millions of people on social media. Korben stated that he has received many messages of support.

He said, "To be called an inspiration person is all I could ask for."

"All of the comments were really, really nice - and it's been a pleasure to be able to show people that you can express yourself."

It's a wonderful memory that I love. He added, "I'm going to treasure it forever."

Nina Green, his mum, posted a picture of Korben wearing a sequined tuxedo with a ballgown skirt to celebrate the end-of year prom at Archbishop Sancroft High School, Harleston.

She said that the dress he was wearing in his back yard for a few photos "became the most popular dress in Britain" soon.

She said, "It's been extremely positive, and it's been totally overwhelming."

We never imagined it would get such a reaction. It's amazing, really, when it comes down to Korben being Korben.

They received thousands of compliments via Twitter and were also sent photos of girls in suits and boys in prom dresses.

They heard also from others who wished that they could have been as Korben and had the same parental support.

One person tweeted: "An inspiring message to all ages to live your true self. From a 60-year old who has just learned that lesson, thank you!

Another said, "I wish that I had the courage to do this when I was growing up."

Mrs Green stated that a 32-year old man told us he had thought of wearing a gown to a ball but was concerned about his reaction.

"After seeing Korben, he decided to do it.

"So many people say, "I couldn't do that in my day" and how they wish that they had the support of their parents."

Korben is this year's youth champion in Norwich Pride. He will be marching with family in the city center on 30 July before taking part as Miss Frou Frou, the drag queen.

Mrs Green stated that Pride meant "never so much" to Pride because of the whirlwind of this week.

She said, "I consider it more of a protest due to some of the reactions we've had."

"There is a huge message to spread and I want other children to feel as loved and accepted as Korben."

Korben agreed, and stated that he was grateful to the Pride pioneers, especially on its 50th anniversary.

He said, "That generation, that's the real inspiration."

"I am grateful to them for allowing me to be who and what I am."

They are courageous and brave people, and we should remember them."

Michelle Savage, a trustee of Norwich Pride, said that she was delighted for Korben.

She said that Korben was a shining ray of sunshine, and that his sparkly gown is the sparkle he brings into the world.

"It's a complete package with Korben and his family - all of them.

"They are a role model for what you can get if your family is loving and accepting of your child. They will help them to be the best version of themselves and live the best life possible."

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