Senior Brings the Sass to Her Yearbook Quote

'I'm sorry, did my shoulders distract you from reading this quote?'
By Elizabeth Armstrong Moore,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 20, 2017 7:21 AM CDT
Updated Jun 24, 2017 2:46 PM CDT
Senior Uses Yearbook Quote to Burn School's Dress Code
Tori DiPaolo is getting props on Twitter for how she chose to use her senior yearbook quote.   (Twitter / @tori_dipaolo)

Senior yearbook quotes are by and large boring inspirational sayings gleaned from a quick Google search. But Tori DiPaolo, a senior at West Milford High School in New Jersey, wanted to make a point: That what she (and all the other girls) at her school were asked to wear for the photo broke the school dress code, and that the code itself is ridiculous. "I'm sorry, did my shoulders distract you from reading this quote?" she had printed, and then sent out a photo of the page on Twitter with the words: "Tori: 1. Dress code: 0." As Mashable reports, "Twitter was here for it," with hundreds of retweets and likes and mostly supportive comments.

DiPaolo tells HuffPost that she chose the quote because she finds it "ironic that the classic robes we take pictures in technically violated dress code." Plus, she said, "I just wanted to get a few laughs" because "no one is distracted by shoulders." She tells Yahoo that the dress code is not enforced equally at her school, with boys prohibited from wearing muscle shirts but not getting punished for it. "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." Reactions range from, "This is honestly the best thing I've ever seen" to, "Not sure about the hair, though. You could do more with it." (This outfit got this college student kicked out of a mall.)

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