Instead of spending a ridiculous about of money on a fancy graduation dress, Erinne Paisley from Victoria, BC decided she would make her own dress. Paisley didn’t just make a dress, she made a very bold statement as well.
Erinne created a dress for herself out of old homework. She wrote a message on it reminding people that education is often denied to women and girls around the world.
The message reads “I’ve recieved [with spelling correction] my education. Not every woman has that right. Malala.org.”
The website refers to the Malala Fund, a fund started by international activist Malala Yousafzai, who works to provide education for girls and young women around the world.
Erinne has been interested in activism, and she co-founded her school’s activist organization. During her senior year, the organization focused on women’s rights around the world, inspiring Erinne to raise awareness about equal education.
“As graduation got closer, the fact that 62 million girls around the world don’t have access to secondary education as I was preparing to celebrate my own secondary education was something that was really moving to me,” she says.
For being made out of paper, with no pattern, the dress is actually quite cute!
She’s also auctioning the dress off to raise money for the Malala Fund. Currently, the top bid is $1,150, and with two weeks left in the campaign, she’s hoping to raise more. That money will also go to the Malala Fund.