Independant On-line, Condom dress creates matric ball to remember, 22 August 2004

By Helen Bamford

Plunging necklines and flesh-baring glitzy designs have caused a stir at many a matric dance. But an outfit covered in condoms has to be a first.

It took Glendale Secondary School pupil Terelge Adonis, 18, a full day to stitch them onto her two-piece deep-purple and silver lace outfit, but she wanted to make a point about the devastating impact of HIV and Aids and teenage pregnancies on South African youngsters.

The teenager from Mitchell's Plain has a number of school friends who are pregnant, one who is just 15.

It took Glendale Secondary School pupil Terelge Adonis, 18, a full day to stitch them
"I think if you take on such a responsibility when you are so young you will never get anywhere in life," she said.

According to some reports a third of teenage girls in South Africa become mothers by 19 and almost a third of the 40 million people living with HIV and Aids worldwide are between 15 and 24.

Adonis, who went to the dance at a Cape Town hotel on Friday with her partner Nashief Kay, 19, said that initially she had wanted a plain and simple dress.

"But then I got my Grade 11 results and decided I wanted to do something to create awareness of teenage pregnancy and Aids in my community so I decided to go for something original."

As could be expected the two-piece dress created quite a stir when Adonis entered the matric ball venue. The condoms were stitched down the front of a deep-purple mini that formed the bottom part of the two-piece dress.

But while Adonis knew the dress would be controversial, this did not stop her from wearing the condom-covered outfit.

And even though some people were indeed shocked, Adonis said it was clear that most people realised what message she was trying to convey. After matriculating, she hopes to study business management.

This article was originally published on page 3 of Sunday Argus on August 22, 2004




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