Teen girl says she was shamed for her Princess Diana-inspired homecoming dress by adults on Facebook

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The comments were made in a Facebook group called ‘Sunflowers and Daisies.’ Chinnapong/Shutterstock
  • A TikTok user named Grace Brumfield shared a video that’s amassed more than 10 million views.
  • Brumfield showed screenshots of adult Facebook users mocking her homecoming dress online.
  • Brumfield told BuzzFeed News that she was “shocked” by the negative comments.

A high school student revealed that she was shamed for her homecoming dress by adults on Facebook.

Grace Brumfield, a 17-year-old junior at an Alabama high school, shared the video to her TikTok account in early October. It gained more than 10 million views and sparked a discussion among users.

The video began with Brumfield sharing photos of her and her boyfriend in their homecoming dance attire. The couple posed in a sunflower field ahead of the event.

“We took our homecoming pictures in a sunflower field that was planted in memorial for a fellow peer named Dalton Defilipi, who passed away last year,” Brumfield told BuzzFeed News.

She added that her black dress was altered and customized to resemble Princess Diana’s iconic 1994 revenge dress.

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Princess Diana famously wore this black dress by designer Christina Stambolian in 1994. Jayne Fincher/Getty Images

“I loved how my pics for homecoming came out,” Brumfield wrote in the video. “My boyfriend’s mom posted them on Facebook.”

She then showed screenshots from the Facebook post – shared in a group called Sunflowers and Daisies – that showed adults mocking Brumfield’s dress in the comment section.

“My boyfriend’s mom started telling me how the pictures had somewhere around 32,000 likes. She was talking about all the nice comments, and then she said, ‘And of course, there are the negative ones as well,” Brumfield told BuzzFeed.

Brumfield told the outlet that her “heart sank” because she was confident about her ensemble. She told BuzzFeed that she previously faced bullying and transferred schools her freshman year.

Many of the Facebook comments focused on Brumfield’s dress.

“Wow. Did her parents see her in that?” a comment featured in the video read. “Way too short and looks trashy on such a pretty girl. Leave something to the imagination, no need to put it all out there.”

Another Facebook user called Brumfield’s dress “ridiculous.” One user attempted to draw a correlation between attire and sexual assault, which Brumfield felt was especially hurtful.

“She said that based on the way I was dressed, I was asking to be raped. As a victim of sexual assault, it just made my blood boil because clothes are not the reasons that men and women are assaulted,” Brumfield told BuzzFeed.

Brumfield added that she was “shocked” by comments she said mainly came from mothers and grandmothers.

Fortunately, Brumfield received support from her parents, her boyfriend, her boyfriend’s mother, and thousands of comments online.

@mgracebrumfield Reply to @hannahbelleclout ##greenscreen me and Rhonda had to have a talk????????

♬ TWINNEM – Coi Leray

“I think that what any man or woman decides to put on their body is their choice. As long as no one is being harmed, it’s nobody’s business,” Brumfield told BuzzFeed.

“I dress the way I dress because I know what looks good on my body and what makes me feel confident in my own skin. Nobody else has the right to tell someone to cover up more because it’s distracting – older men and women need to be taught to control themselves.”

She added: “My body is a work of art, and no matter how I want to display it, they can either admire and compliment or, if they don’t like it, disagree and move on graciously. Making comments on a young person and a woman’s body can cause body dysmorphia and seriously affect their mental health.”

Insider reached out to Brumfield for comment but did not immediately hear back.