Instagram photo by @lilybilgrey
Struggling to find a prom date is a rite of passage for American teenagers.
Lily Bilgrey, however, decided that she was done playing games.
The 17-year-old from Freehold Township asked herself to prom after fruitlessly waiting for a more traditional invitation.
Bilgrey attends SciCore Academy in Hightstown, but the small day school does not host its own prom. Instead, she was hoping that someone from her old school, Freehold Township High School, would ask her to the big dance. When that fell through, Bilgrey turned to herself for a solution.
since none y’all willin to take one for the team
Bilgrey asked herself to prom with a poster that read “You can’t spell memes without me PROM?” and was decorated memes seen around the internet. Bilgrey knew the memes would be a hit with herself.
“I’m a pretty dedicated memer, I guess you could say,” Bilgrey said.
Of course, she said yes. In the tale of three photos on Instagram, Bigley proposes to herself, accepts the offer from herself with a mixture of surprise and joy and then happily poses with herself. (Photoshop helped with the latter shot.)
The execution of the plan was simple, Bilgrey said. She hand drew the poster, including every featured meme, then asked her mom to take the pictures.
“It was probably not her proudest moment,” Bilgrey said of her mom.
After the photo shoot, Bilgrey released her story to the world via her Instagram account. It took off from there. A copy of her post garnered thousands of likes on a popular Instagram account dedicated to prom proposals, spurring Bilgrey to change her own account from private to public.
Bilgrey said the point of her post was to use her situation to make a statement that people shouldn’t rely on others to feel good about themselves.
“If no one was going to ask me, I might as well do something people can laugh at,” Bilgrey said. “Yes, it’s funny. But it’s important to know that you don’t need a date to have fun at prom.”
So what comes next?
“Hopefully my big sequel will be me actually going to prom,” Bigley said.