Memory #11: My Senior Prom or, A Modern Day Cinderella Story

In high school, I definitely wasn’t one of the “cool” kids that the CEO of Abercrombie & Fitch would have wanted wearing his clothes*. I was one of these kids:


Um, yeah…

I was painfully shy, I was incredibly awkward, and because of these 2 things, I pretty much had no interest in school dances (especially after I attempted to go to the homecoming dance senior year and found myself paralyzed in shy-girl fear on the sidelines the entire time). But the prom is one of those “things” you’re supposed to do, and since all my friends were going I figured I would too. I definitely didn’t think much of having a date though, and I certainly wasn’t holding my breath waiting for someone to ask me…

Enter: Jordan Ahnquist

I had known Jordan a little bit through high school—we were both in the marching band and the chorus together—but we really bonded on a school trip to Washington D.C. for George Bush’s first inauguration (the awkwardness and general discomfort of watching small children hold up graphic anti-abortion signs at a “March for Life” rally will really bring any 2 people closer). After the trip, we both went back to our separate high school lives, but then one day—out of the blue—my friend Kiley stopped me in the hallway to tell me that she heard that Jordan was going to ask me to the prom.

Wait, what? Me? To the prom?

Let me paint the picture for you too: Jordan was on the baseball team, he won the “Best Personality” superlative in our senior yearbook, and also “Best Friends” with his best guy friend Andrew—oh—and he was currently cast as Joseph, in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in our school play, a role which required him to be shirtless for the duration of the show, which in turn had all the girls swooning.

And he wanted to go to the prom with me?

I don’t remember exactly how he asked (in the band hallway after practice one day I think? Am I right Jordan?), but obviously I said yes, and because of this, I had the best time ever at my prom. I bought an amazing $18 purple lace dress at Plush and Plunder, he got me a matching purple corsage and wore wing tips, we rode in the same limo as the class president, we danced all night, we stayed up until the wee hours at the epic after party that my high school threw, and it was perfect. Perfect. The quintessential prom experience that honestly swept me off my feet and made me feel like some sort of Cinderella.

So, thanks for asking me, Jordan (and sorry for posting this picture on the internet, ha!):


*My ¢2 on the whole Abercrombie & Fitch thing: I usually don’t get into this kind of thing, but am I the only one who wasn’t at all surprised that A&F blatantly tarets the “cool” kids? The CEO didn’t have to say it for it to be apparent, and personally, I really don’t care if their marketing strategy is to target all-American douchebags. Is anyone upset that Hot Topic targets the exact opposite demographic? I’ve worked in both the marketing and retail worlds and I can tell you that every single clothing company out there, including the one I work for,  has a target market, and I really don’t care if Abercrombie’s is the popular kids—who, let’s be honest—are really only popular amongst themselves anyways. Oh, and can I also say that I was completely turned off by the guy who thought that exploiting the homeless by dressing them in A&F clothing was a good idea. I mean, really? Ok, rant over* 

3 thoughts on “Memory #11: My Senior Prom or, A Modern Day Cinderella Story

  1. Thank you for mentioning the homeless-outfit crusade. That annoyed me quite a bit. I was confused by his message … I felt like we were supposed to be laughing at Abercrombie & Fitch by laughing at homeless people.

    Additionally, I agree with you 100% in that their CEO was dumb to make such a mistake as to actually admit his marketing strategy, but he is being honest. Every brand has their own “cool kids” to chase after; “cool kids” being those that spend money.

    • Glad I wasn’t alone in this Allison. I usually don’t voice my opinion on things like this but I was getting so irritated with the whole issue that I couldn’t help it. If the CEO wants to make a bunch of jerk statements than so be it, it’s his prerogative. If you’re not into what he’s saying it’s simple: don’t support his company. Just don’t be surprised that conversations like this go on behind closed doors of every single company though. Target audiences are the norm, consumers just aren’t supposed to find out about them…

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