- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 31, 2016

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Talk about finding the best prom dress ever.

Jessica Casanova, 17, of Buffalo, New York, recently went to her senior prom in the black Badgley Mischka gown Gina Rodriguez wore to the 2015 Golden Globe Awards, when the actress won for her CW show “Jane the Virgin” wearing the body hugging, strapless look.

Casanova initially asked Rodriguez over Twitter for the Zac Posen gown that Rodriguez wore to this year’s Golden Globes but the actress didn’t have that one available, so she said she could borrow the one she wore last year instead.

The teen’s mom spoke with Rodriguez’s publicist, who sent the dress in February. Rodriguez’s goodwill didn’t end there. She also paid for Casanova’s alterations to replace the zipper with corset strings.

And she sent Casanova a personal video wishing her well, saying: “I love you, I’m so proud of you. I’m so excited for you. Dance like no one’s watching, have the time of your life. Enjoy every single moment. Make smart decisions and let loose, girl. You look beautiful.”

Casanova watched the video as she got into her limo and said she almost cried the makeup off her face.

“Gina’s so beautiful inside and out,” she said.

Casanova does have to return the dress and hopes another girl gets the same opportunity to wear it to her prom.


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