17-year-old Kaylah Bell has the internet in their feelings this weekend after posting pictures her and her prom date, who happened to be her grandfather. The teen, who is from California, was initially planning to go to prom with her two best friends. Unfortunately, their plans fell through, leaving Bell without a date.
“I have a lot of guy friends, and they all wanted to go with girls they had crushes on or were dating. And the potential suitors I did have wanted to continue on with ‘the popular prom festivities’ which I wasn’t okay with. I had planned to go with my two best friends, but they dressed to match each other, and I didn’t have anyone to match me.” she told BuzzFeed News.
That is when her grandfather, 67-year-old Alvin Hackett, came to the rescue. He’s a church pastor with a “well-rounded wardrobe” so it wasn’t difficult for him to dress for the occasion.
“My grandpa is very stylish,” his granddaughter told the outlet, adding that Steve Harvey is Hackett’s fashion inspiration. “Every Sunday when we go to church, him and my grandma dress alike and dress together for church and banquets,” Bell told People magazine.
Bell’s look was inspired by Mary, Queen of Scots.
On the night of the prom, Kaylah’s grandfather surprised her and showed up in a fresh suit that matched perfectly with his granddaughter’s gown. She was wearing a strapless purple, and pink floral gown with a purple cape and grandpa showed up in a navy suit with pink accents. He also brought her a corsage to match her dress.
You can see the images here:
My papa knew I didn’t have a date to my prom so he matched me !!!!!!!! pic.twitter.com/nmYkt8qn4y
— 💛Kaylah Milan💛 (@deary_kay) April 22, 2019
“We had agreed on him showing up with me to take pictures and I knew he would dress nice but the whole suit and corsage and everything was a complete shock,” Kaylah explained to Buzzfeed. “He said because I am his granddaughter and I am precious to him and he saw I didn’t have a date, he thought it was only right for him to step up and show me what a prom date should be like.”
After Bell posted the pictures on twitter saying “My papa knew I didn’t have a date to my prom so he matched me !!!!!!!!” and the pictures went viral.”Everyone was in awe,” says Bell. People online called grandpa Hackett “dapper” and said comments like “I really hope I age this well.”
The pictures have already received over 12,000 retweets and 106,000 likes on Twitter.
Bell who is set to attend Azusa Pacific University in the fall told Yahoo Lifestyle, “I felt blessed. A lot of people don’t get to have opportunities like this. For my grandpa to be happy and eager to do it was amazing to me. I felt extremely loved.”
Written by Imani Maxberry
Sources: bet.com // buzzfeed.com // people.com // www.yahoo.com
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