The INSIDER Summary:
- High school senior Tori DiPaolo called out her school’s sexist dress code in her yearbook quote.
- Her high school in New Jersey forbids students from showing their shoulders in its dress code.
- DiPaolo wore a black off-the-shoulder top in her yearbook photo.
- “I’m sorry, did my shoulders distract you from reading this quote?” her quote said.
A number of schools have made headlines for their strict dress codes, and for sending students home for dressing “inappropriately.”
Tori DiPaolo, a graduating high school senior from West Milford, New Jersey, was so excited to leave her school’s sexist dress code behind that she used her yearbook photo as an opportunity to take a stand.
For her senior portrait in the yearbook, DiPaolo wore an off-the-shoulder black top — the school’s usual policy doesn’t allow students to expose their shoulders — and came up with a brilliant quote underneath.
It reads: “I’m sorry, did my shoulders distract you from reading this quote?”
DiPaolo saw her quote as a victory over the rules, tweeting out a photo of her yearbook entry with the caption, “Tori: 1 Dress Code: 0.”
The yearbook photo, which we first saw on the HuffPost, has now gone viral.
Dress code: 0 pic.twitter.com/1HHgjg84AE
— Tori (@tori_dipaolo) June 13, 2017
DiPaolo’s school doesn’t allow students to wear halters tops, half-shirts, shorts, or sweaters, blouses that expose breasts or stomachs, muscle shirts, mesh shirts, and loose-fitting tanks, according to Yahoo Style.
“I just found it funny that the outfits for senior portraits technically violated the dress code by exposing our shoulders, so I saw my opportunity and ran with it,” she told Yahoo Style, explaining her reason for making the sarcastic joke.
“Over the past four years, myself and many of my friends have received dress code violations for clothes that were nowhere near inappropriate,” she told the site. “I became a bit infamous around school for fighting the administration about dress code, so I figured I’d use my senior quote as one final jab.”
However, she told the HuffPost that girls are targeted for dressing “inappropriately” more often than boys.
“My school’s dress code prohibits boys from wearing muscle shirts but they do all the time and don’t get in trouble yet, when my bra strap accidentally slips I have to miss class time to go change,” she told the HuffPost. “I just think dress codes need to be enforced on both genders if you’re going to choose to have one.”
She told Yahoo Style that her peers and teachers reacted positively to the quote and thought it was funny.
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