"Yes I'm black. Yes I'm 17. Yes GOD is using me to convey a message that's bigger than me," Bolden-Harris said in her Instagram post.
The gown was designed by Terrence Torrence, who has also designed pieces for Nicki Minaj and Lil Kim.
"With all the killings that [were] going on, it just hit me one day: You should put that into a dress," Torrence told CNN. "I wanted to paint a picture and put a story out there through my fashion, and I wanted to show we could spread out message with not just posters and fliers but also with garments."
Fashion can be used as a vehicle for spreading social change; this dress is a stunning example.