A high school senior said she was turned away from her prom because of her large breasts.
Brittany Minder, who attends Central Kitsap High School in Silverdale, Washington, traveled to Canada to buy the perfect prom dress. But when the big night finally arrived, she was told she couldn’t come inside.
“In my opinion, I feel that it is because I’m bigger chested and there is more cleavage that you can see, and there’s nothing I could really do about that,” Minder said.
The school’s dress code dictates that strapless dresses, such as Minder’s, are allowed as long as the lower back, midriff, and cleavage are covered. Minder’s parents, Gary and Kim, said they have no problem with the dress code but felt their daughter was singled out for being busty.
“It was blatant from the start that the school was not being fair in how they were enforcing that rule,” Gary Minder said. “A girl like Brittany should not have to go to a dance in a burlap sack because she’s large busted.”
Kim Minder added, “All women are not created equal, and you can not compare a golf ball to a grapefruit. It ain’t gonna happen.”
Brittany Minder was finally allowed inside the prom after she covered her cleavage with a shawl, but she only stayed for an hour.
“I felt self-conscious and they took the magic out of the night,” she said. “It was tough being there after all that happened. I didn’t feel comfortable. I already had a blow to my self-esteem. I didn’t really want to be there anymore.”
Gary and Kim Minder want a public apology from the school.
This isn’t the first time a dress has kept a teenager from attending her prom. In April 2012, 18-year-old Texanna Edwards, who attended Gibson County High School in Dyer, Tennessee, wore a confederate flag dress to her prom. Officials wouldn’t allow her in because the dress was “offensive and inappropriate.” Edwards said everyone “black and white” loved the dress, and that two black women “went off on the principal.”
However, director of schools Eddie Pruett said that Edwards had been told the dress was inappropriate, and that the school had faced some race-related issues in recent years. Because of that, he said, the principal felt that letting Edwards into the prom would cause problems.
Do you think Brittany Minder should have been forced to cover up before entering her prom? Or should she have found another dress, assuming she was aware of the school’s dress code beforehand?