Boy, 16, Divides The Internet With Billowing Ballgown, Some Say He’s ‘Stunning’ Others Say ‘Vile’

At just 16 years old, Korben White set the internet ablaze with his high school prom attire. Posing in a vibrant red skirt and a sequin-speckled tuxedo top that harmonized flawlessly with his scarlet-colored hair, he made a bold fashion statement.

Following a viral post by his mom, Nina Green, showcasing her teenage son ready for prom, fervent supporters of the woke movement applauded his flowing frock. However, others engaged in a shame game, suggesting it reflects a "failure" on the parent's part for "encouraging this sort of thing."

When Korben White was only 12, he told his mother Nina Green “he wanted to go to his school prom in a gown.”

In 2022, only four years after his declaration of intent, the teen–a “sassy” young drag queen who goes by the name Miss Frou Frou–made it happen.

Speaking with the BBC, Green explains her son’s inspiration. “He wanted to go as himself, while expressing his feminine side–with a tuxedo on the top and a dress at the bottom, very much influenced by [American actor] Billy Porter.” She continued, “He wanted to be Korben…but in a dress.”

As Korben stepped out of the car in his sparkly red ensemble, complemented by a white shirt and a large red bow, his grand entrance received applause from both the staff and students at Archbishop Sancroft High School in Harleston, Norfolk.

“As soon as he got out of the car, everyone just cheered and I was crying, some of the teachers were crying, because he was being who he wanted to be,” the proud mom said of Korben. “Everyone has been very supportive, and his year group has been incredible. If you let your child be who they are then you’ll get nothing but the best out of them.”

Her son’s biggest champion, Green continued her massive show of support with a tweet on July 1.

Accompanied by several photos of Korben in his stunning outfit, Green shares, "At age 12, my son expressed his desire to attend his school prom wearing a gown. Four years later, we made his dream a reality. I'm immensely proud of him for staying true to himself, and the overwhelmingly positive reception he received from his entire school was truly heartwarming."

Her post gained significant traction, with millions of users worldwide sharing, commenting, and complimenting the handsome young man.

It even reached Michelle Visage, a judge on RuPaul’s Drag Race, who said, “You are an amazing beautiful mom and your child is a STAR.”

Korben said it was “very surreal” that his mother’s tweet captured the attention of Visage.

“To me she is such an icon, a wonderful celebrity and I really admire her,” he said.

Green wasn’t expecting that her show of support would “go crazy,” and said she only wanted to show her son “living his best life,” which made other parents look for her advice.

Certain users shared images and anecdotes about their own children who challenged traditional gender norms.

One writes, “I worry for my son, he would really love to do something like this at prom but he would definitely not have the support of all the students! So sad that we still have homophobia even now. Well done to you, your son and his school!”

A second shares, “I am so happy for your son he looked absolutely amazing!!!My son is trans, after 3yrs of transphobic bullying in Jan b4 GCSEs [General Certificate of Secondary Education offered in parts of the UK] I had to take him out of school for his mental health. He was always going to prom in a tux and he was deprived of the chance.”

A third simply writes, “Absolutely stunning! My daughter wore a suit to hers!”

Meanwhile, amidst the positivity, a string of other comments emerged, serving as a reminder that not everyone shares the same social perspectives.

One writes, “There is very little hope for civilization,” and a second shares, “…Vile, Woke & a failure as a parent in encouraging this sort of thing. A 12 year old boy should be playing football and learning to be a man. But, sadly people now a days virtue signal, like what you’re doing with this tweet, and ruin their kids for life. Shame.”

Another netizen says the support for Green’s post is troubling. “There is absolutely nothing natural about a ‘boy’ dressing like a ‘girl’–the support shows just how screwed up our world is.” And one cyber fan goes so far as to suggests the world is lacking logic, “We live in a world where children should no longer pretend to be Indians but men should pretend to be women. Utopian.”

However, steadfast in her support, Green refused to succumb to the online negativity.

The day following the viral tweet, Green joined her son at London Pride and posted a heartwarming photo of the two of them together.

One cyber user commented, “My boy did too, couldn’t be prouder, he’s also at London Pride today aged 16 it’s fabulous love and to you and yours,” and a second shared, “you both look amazing xx”

A third attacks the mom, writing, “Your son doesn’t look like a man anymore, some kind of fa****”

Green, who mentions on Twitter that she brushes off negativity, expresses her wish that other children and parents will draw inspiration from the bond she shares with Korben.

“I really hope it will help others be more accepting, let proud parents feel they are not alone, and that they can celebrate their children, and for young people to know there is a network there if they need it.” She continued, “You need to accept your children for who they are.”

Korben Green is undeniably brave for embracing his true self so openly! He's incredibly lucky to have such a supportive mom who remains focused on parenting him in the most positive way possible, despite any distractions or criticism from others.

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