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A list of great prom dates, including big celebrities, minor celebrities, inanimate celebrities, and inanimate objects. Prom (from "promenade") is a social rite of passage among high school students, usually at the end of senior year. The black tie event marks the ending of high school as a celebration of friendships and years dedicated to learning and growing up. Prom has also been the setting of hijinks and other pranks as students take funny prom photos or show up with outlandish dates.

Traditionally, the formal dance features a prom court of nominees for the Prom King and Prom Queen naming ceremony in which popular and well-liked students are elected to represent their classes. Prom attire includes gowns or formal prom dresses for girls and tuxedos or suits for boys. Dates often also wear matching corsages and boutonnière flower arrangements pinned to their chests or on their wrists (girls). Prom dates may be romantic sweethearts or platonic friends, and LGBT students may take same-sex prom dates. Groups of friends often travel together to and from the prom in stretched limousines rented for the evening. The actual event typically has a DJ or band playing music for students to dance to.

Sometimes, the big night also includes celebrity prom dates. Or even cardboard cutouts and inflatable prom dates. This is going to get weird.
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18 Year-Old Gets Dream Date with Arianny Celeste

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Conner Cordova, a senior at Dakota Ridge High School in Littleton, CO, is a huge fan of mixed martial arts. In 2010, he launched a YouTube campaign to ask UFC ring girl and Maxim model Arianny Celeste to be his prom date. After a series of setbacks (like a UFC event scheduled that same night), Cordova brilliantly staged his own spring charity dance to raise money for Haitian relief. With the support of local businesses, Cordova and Celeste danced among all area high school kids to the fresh beats of the best DJ in town. At the end of all night, Cordova even got a smooch on the lips. Good work, kid. The two later appeared in an interview together on "Lopez Tonight."


Trent Richardson's Date Named Prom Queen

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As a junior at Hueytown High School in Alabama, Courtney Alvis was diagnosed with acute T-cell leukemia. While battling the cancer, she promised herself she would get well enough to attend her senior prom the next year.

When the time came in April 2012, former Crimson Tide (current Cleveland Browns) running back Trent Richardson asked Alvis's father if he could be Courtney's escort. Richardson's own mother was currently battling cancer, and he felt a kinship with his UAB fan. Alvis was crowned Prom Queen that night.


Once Upon a Prom Delivers Celebrity Prom Dates

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In true MTV fashion, "Once Upon a Prom" (2007) was a reality show that featured not music or anything related to music, but real American teens who wanted to brush with celebrity. A few famous people who made circuses out of high school proms by appearing as student dates included Taylor Swift, Rihanna, and Bobby Valentino.