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10 high schoolers who had cardboard cutout prom dates

Happy prom season to people everywhere and inanimate objects that look like people! 

Taking a date to prom isn’t for everyone. Sometimes, your date bails last minute. Sometimes, over the top promposals just aren’t for you. And sometimes, your celebrity crush/unrequited love stays unrequited. 

But no worries! If you’re stressing about not having a (human) date for prom this year, here are 10 people who found love in the form of a cardboard cutout.

1. The girl determined to meet Killmonger

Twitter user @uhdeevuh brought a cardboard cutout of Michael B. Jordan to prom this year after she couldn’t get a date. 

“Now I need to MEET my man,” she tweeted, with photos of a friend crouched behind the cutout to hold it up. 

We hope she finds him!

2. The junior who coordinated outfits with Justin Bieber 

Poor @lowhangingfruit couldn’t find a date to prom, but she was determined to not attend the dance alone.

She decided to bring a cardboard cutout of young Justin Bieber — bowl cut and everything — and even coordinated her dress with her date’s bright red pants. 

3. The kid who took his pre-prom photos with Michelle Obama

Shafe Selvidge loves the former first lady. He has a cardboard cutout of Mrs. Obama and he’s even taken Christmas photos with it. In January, Selvidge wished Michelle Obama happy birthday with a prom photo.

“I would love to get a picture with the real you someday,” he tweeted. 

4. The high schooler whose date ditched her for golfing

When @carrrieplain’s prom date ditched her to go golfing, she decided that taking photos alone just wasn’t for her. Instead of photos with her date, she took her prom photos with a cardboard cutout of Cody Simpson. 

5. The student who thinks her (lack of) romantic life was because of Nick Jonas

Twitter user @shannon__fields posted two photos from her high school prom, captioning it, “Do you think me going to prom with a cardboard cutout of @nickjonas had anything to do with why boys never liked me?” She even had the classic foot-popping kiss with her paper date.

6. The girl who brought Danny DeVito to prom

Good thing there’s no troll toll for high school. Hannah Gladwell brought a cardboard cutout of Danny DeVito — who was at least wearing a blazer — to her prom. 

7. The senior who went to prom with Batman

“Incase you’re having a bad day,” @Asivrs tweeted, “Remember that I went to prom with a cardboard cutout.” She even matched her superhero date, accessorizing her dress with a Batman belt, fingerless gloves, and a bat mask. It’s a lot.

8. The girl whose date got hit by a car

When Avinnash was hit by a car, he couldn’t make it to his senior prom. Instead of going to prom with him, Amanda brought a cardboard cutout of his face and had someone stand in as Avinnash for her prom photos. 

According to their friend Zahra, Avinnash was OK, even if he was left for a cardboard version of himself. 

9. The high schooler who brought tech daddy Elon Musk

Elon Musk: billionaire, innovator, and most recently, prom date. @thesmelloftea brought a cutout of the Tesla CEO as her date.

“I’m sorry Elon I just really look up to you and watching the falcon heavy launch in person made me tear up,” she tweeted, “Honestly I only think it’s fair that Elon gets a cardboard cutout of ME.”

10. The young voter who felt the Bern at prom

On the cusp of graduation, @chloxraynaud took a political stance at prom and brought a cardboard cutout of then-presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. She captioned her prom photos with #Bernie2016 and #FeelTheBern, posing with her democratic socialist date. Even if Bernie didn’t win the primary, @chloxraynaud definitely won prom. 

If you’re dateless for prom this year, just know that there are a lot of options out there.

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