“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.”
Senior quotes are perhaps one of the best and most memorable ways to make a statement, but this New Jersey teen is getting brownie points for using this opportunity to highlight her high school’s hypocritical dress code policy.
West Milford High student Tori DiPaolo, who has reportedly witnessed several of her peers receiving violations regarding the dress code, became a social media sensation after she shared a picture from her yearbook featuring a self-quote that seemed to have resonated with many on the internet.
“I’m sorry, did my shoulders distract you from reading this quote?” read the glorious one-liner underneath her photo.
Reprimanding and removing young women from school because of their choice of apparel is not only equivalent to body shaming and enforcing the belief that girls should hide their bodies so their male peers and teachers are not distracted, but it also literally disrupts their education.
“Over the past four years, myself and many of my friends have received dress code violations for clothes that were nowhere near inappropriate. 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,” she told 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.”
“It's all based on sexism, and it is completely unreasonable,” DiPaolo continued. “I'm an AP student, in academic clubs, and on the tennis team — I'm not exactly a delinquent — but I've spent hours sitting in principal's offices because 40-year-old men were offended by my back showing. They would tell me to change or go home, so my classic response was 'How much of my skin is exposed when it's 90 degrees out is more important than me receiving an education at a school? OK.’”
In a separate interview, DiPaolo slammed her school’s dress code for being inherently sexist as it is only enforced on female students.
“While my school as well as most others have dress codes that apply to boys and girls it’s usually only girls that get dress code violations,” she told HuffPo. “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. I just think dress codes need to be enforced on both genders if you’re going to choose to have one. But really, people not being allowed to wear tank tops is ridiculous, no one is distracted by shoulders and that’s really where I got the inspiration for my quote.”
Her point is, needless to say, spot on.