Every year, privileged young women are presented in society, their chance to be real life princesses before they graduate to being a platinum bride in give or take a decade or two. The ritual is an old one with girls in gowns (white gowns in the most traditional balls), looking like the young women they have grown into. The crème de la crème of the balls is the Bal Crillon des Debutantes.
In 1991, Ophélie Renouard, French PR guru revived the tradition, adapting it to the modern world, by creating le Bal, a French fashion event. The young women that are invited to be in the ball are between 17-21, from upstanding and usually very wealthy familes and they excel in their academics.
Autumn Whitaker, the only child of Forest and Keisha Whitaker looked stunning in Jason Wu. She is the only black debutatante this year but not the first. That honor went to African native, Elisabeth Senghor, a few years back.
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The 24 girls honored this year at the Bal Crillon des Debutantes.
Autumn is still lobbying to keep the dress....here is to hoping honey!!