Two teenage girls are throwing their own prom
Updated: Friday, April 12 2013, 08:34 AM EDT
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Two teenage girls are throwing their own prom in Kalamazoo, since they cannot go to the one at school.
The girls are Muslim and say their religion has certain restrictions that stops them from being able to go to Portage Northern's prom next weekend.
“In our religion we don't mix with men, so the women are separate from the men,” says Amani Wydick, a senior at Portage Northern High School. “When we’re in front of men we have to cover completely, so I wouldn't be able to take off my scarf, get my hair done, all the things that are amazing about prom.”
So instead of sitting home, Wydick and her friend Lareb Nadeem are planning their own all-girl Muslim prom.
Wydick says this idea has been in the works for years, ever since she watched her older sister miss out on prom several years ago.
Wydick and Nadeem say their Muslim prom will be just like a typical high school prom, with lights, music and decorations.
“The big difference is there will be no boys obviously, but other than that were trying to keep it pretty similar. We even have a limo! That's pretty exciting,” laughs Nadeem. “We’re basically going to have a full prom experience the Muslim way.”
With boys out of the picture, the girls can dress up and dance the night away.
“Most of the time I see my friends we have our scarves on,” says Wydick. “So seeing everyone’s hair done and them in beautiful dresses, it’ll just be amazing.”
The teens say they won't miss the boys, they are just glad to have found a happy medium between religious tradition and high school tradition.
“Having this party we’re able to have that same experience and still be in the limits of our religion,” Wydick adds. “I'm so excited! I can’t wait.”
This is the very first event of its kind in the area.
The all-girl Muslim prom will be held Saturday night at the Concord Place Clubhouse in Kalamazoo.