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May 28, 2009 | Ari B. Bloomekatz
Sergio Garcia stood in the gymnasium and told the senior class at Fairfax High School not to worry: If he was elected, he wouldn't wear a dress. "I will be wearing a suit," Garcia said, "but don't be fooled, deep down inside, I am a queen!" Garcia, 18, spent most of his years at Fairfax openly gay and wanted to be part of the Los Angeles school's prom court -- but not as prom king.
May 10, 2009 | Times Staff And Wire Reports
Prom-goers might not be willing to break the bank for the formal, but many still plan to spend a sizable amount. That is, if swine flu doesn't get in their way, according to beauty information site A recent survey found that more than half of the female respondents intend to spend at least $300 on hair, makeup and a dress for prom. Most of the 73% of girls planning to get their hair styled said they would spend $50 or more. A quarter of respondents plan to pay for professional makeup application.
May 6, 2009 | Esmeralda Bermudez and Rong-Gong Lin II
Students at more than a dozen Southern California schools temporarily closed because of the swine flu outbreak will be allowed to return to class this week, after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Tuesday that the new flu strain does not appear to be unusually severe.
May 2, 2009 | Esmeralda Bermudez
Years from now, 18-year-old Thomas Hickey wanted to remember this evening: for his black tuxedo with ivory touches, for the laughter of friends on their last big party together before graduation and for the applause and shouts of praise as he climbed onstage to be crowned prom king. Never for swine flu. But this week, the worldwide outbreak reached Lee V. Pollard High School and turned everything upside-down.
April 25, 2009 | Tiffany Hsu
Buddy, can you spare a tiara? The deep recession is taking some of the sparkle out of prom, the high school dance that has become an extravagant rite of passage. Out are $1,000 dresses and salon waxing treatments. In are consignment-store outfits and drugstore beauty kits. Kids are ditching rented limos for the family car, and even clambering aboard school buses in their formal wear -- hardly the dream coach that many had envisioned whisking them to their big night.
The mysterious Bart and the mythology of the senior prom as the defining moment in the life of a teenager are the unseen specters hovering over the slight comedy "Bart Got a Room."
April 2, 2009 | Michael Ordona
Someday, Alia Shawkat will get away from the prom. She never went to one in real life, those years being mixed between a small private school and playing precocious schemer Maeby Funke on TV's lamented "Arrested Development." The closest she got was a winter formal as a sophomore: "I was with my friends, we were sipping hot Jack Daniels in the car, it burned. So we got really drunk."
March 15, 2009 | Esmeralda Bermudez
Libby Soto pulls back the black curtain of her dressing room, timidly steps up to her reflection in the wall-sized mirror, and the girls around her gasp. "It's stunning!" "That dress was made for you." Fair-skinned with rosy cheeks, the slender 17-year-old from Cantwell Sacred Heart of Mary High School in Montebello glows in a black silk gown that twinkles with sequins. On a day when 100 girls tried on nearly 1,000 prom dresses in search of the perfect one, this is the first one Libby tried on.
January 18, 2009 | Max Padilla
Prominent Angelenos are flocking to President-elect Barack Obama's swearing-in ceremony and inaugural balls on Tuesday, and to related, high-profile events scheduled for this weekend. We spoke to attendees and party hosts, from Arianna Huffington to Shepard Fairey -- the L.A. street artist who created the iconic Obama poster inducted into the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery -- about their inaugural plans -- and, of course, what they plan to wear.
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