Jordan Douthit of Wake Forest has made the finals of a nationwide fashion contest — and if her name possibly sounds familiar, it should.
She's the 17-year-old daughter of Patrick Douthit, better-known as producer/hip-hop academic 9th Wonder. Wonder includes Grammy-winning albums by Kendrick Lamar and Mary J. Blige among his productions, and he does academic work at Duke University, N.C. Central, the Kennedy Center and other institutions.
But this time, it's his daughter who is in the national spotlight, and like any proud dad, Wonder is doing what he can to shine an even brighter light on her accomplishments.
She is one of 10 finalists in the 18th annual Duck brand "Stuck at Prom Scholarship Contest," in which contestants make dresses and suits out of duct tape. She's one of five "Best Dress" finalists. There are 5 "Best Tux" finalists, too.
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The two winners, determined by online public vote, will each receive $10,000 to use toward college, while the eight runners-up get $100 Duck tape prize packs.
"I've made beats for years now, but I don't think I could ever make a Duck-tape prom dress," he said in an interview. "She's an arts kid, a humanities kid. And I don't know how, but it's a dress, man! It's an amazing thing."
There were more than 100 entries, which judges winnowed down to 10 finalists based on "creativity, workmanship, originality, use of color and design and accessories."
For her entry, she made a one-piece short black dress with ruffled skirt, strapless top and patterned flowers. It took 18 rolls of tape and 21 hours to assemble, she said. She added accessories, too, including a purse and flower corsage.
Dress-making is new to Jordan, a graduate of Wake Forest High School.
"Me and my mom used to make Halloween costumes a lot when I was growing up, but that's pretty much it," she said with a laugh.
She plans to go to Appalachian State University this fall to major in theater design and technology.
Voting is open at stuckatprom.com until Sunday, June 24 — and you can vote once per day. The winner will be revealed on July 9.