Gabby Sullivan, a teacher, wrote into The Oprah Show to tell us about seven of her students: Jakina, Isabel, Bailey, Paris, Eliza, Shanae and Alex. “They are so special because they have just taught me more than I believe I can teach them,” she says. “For many of the girls, their lives have been in and out of foster care. Some of them have been adopted and returned. Some of them do not know what it’s like for their mother to sit down with them and put makeup on them or tell them that they’re beautiful.”
The girls have prom in a few weeks, and Gabby says they won’t have the opportunity to get new dresses or have their hair done…unless they get a Harpo Hookup!
“My message to these girls is that they can do anything. That they can be anything. That they can dream as big as they want to dream. That there is no limit to what they can do,” she says. “And to know that Ms. Sullivan loves them.”
“I love teachers with that kind of passion and dedication and love for their students,” Oprah says. “So we knew just who to call for this prom dress SOS—singing star-turned-fashion mogul Ms. Jessica Simpson.”
Jessica went down to Jacksonville, Florida, to surprise Gabby’s girls with dozens of dresses, showstopping shoes and plenty of bling—everything they need for an unforgettable prom night.
With Jessica acting as the girls’ celebrity stylist, they each picked out the perfect ensemble. “It’s all about self-esteem,” Jessica says. “It’s all about finding confidence, and you can do that with a great pair of heels!”
After spending the day with Jessica, the girls reveal their gorgeous new looks on Oprah’s stage.
Eliza says this was the experience of a lifetime. “I never imagined any of this to happen,” she says. “I feel super blessed.”
Jessica’s not done hooking these seven girls up—each will be going home with a new wardrobe from Jessica’s latest fashion collection!
And that’s not all…each audience member will also receive a roller bag packed with jeans and accessories from the Jessica Simpson Collection.
To top it all off, Dove, who is committed to inspiring girls to reach their full potential, is giving each girl a $10,000 scholarship for her education.
Dove also wants to honor Gabby for being the kind of teacher the world needs more of. Another scholarship will be given in her name, so even more students can realize their dreams.