On May 4, Jordan Moseley hosted “Girls to Gems,” an event that provided 120 high school girls from South LA with the goods and know-how to do prom in style. Event attendees received prom dresses, shoes, accessories, hair and make-up consultations, and even some after-prom dresses.
The event, held at the The Fernando Pullum Community Arts Center, was the culmination of Moseley’s year-long Senior Project doing community service for Pullum.
“I worked at Pullum because I wanted to give back to my community and to have my project relate to my interest in dance and music,” said Moseley.
She came up with the idea for “Girls to Gems” when the Pullum administrators requested a way to honor girls who have been working hard to succeed in high school.
“Many of the girls at the event wouldn’t have been able to afford prom tickets and a dress,” said Moseley.
Moseley and Pullum employees solicited donations of new dresses (provided by Unique Vintage, Jovani Couture, and David’s Bridal), shoes (Michael Antonio donated 120 pairs), and accessories (Forever 21).
“I want to be an OB/GYN and so I wanted to focus on girls. Beyond enabling attendees to go to prom, I wanted the event to help them feel feminine, unique, comfortable and beautiful. We had dresses for all body types and girls were able to try on a lot of dresses before selecting theirs,” said Moseley.