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Prom Princess tries on dresses (Video)

By Carolina Astrain
March 19, 2013 at 11:01 p.m.
Updated March 19, 2013 at 10:20 p.m.

Standing at the mirror, Jennifer Zinke checks out a silver dress as she picks out a prom dress at All About the Dress  with her mother, Denise Zinke, as her sister, Amanda Lu Montez, peeks out from the dressing room. Zinke was voted Victoria Advocate Prom Princess and will be given a prom dress, shoes and accessories from the store to wear to the Cuero High School prom.

PROM PRINCESS VOTING SCHEDULE

March 20-noon March 26 - Readers vote on the dress. Go to VictoriaAdvocate.com /promprincess1

March 27-noon April 2 - Readers vote on hair and makeup selections

sponsors

Cindy's Place: $120 spa package. The Royal Treatment includes a facial, manicure and pedicure.

McAdams Floral: Corsage

All About the Dress: Dress, jewelry and shoes

Hair Dimensions: Hair and makeup

Tanique: Spray tan

Guardians of the Ribbon: Escort the winner and her guests to dinner and prom in either the pink fire truck or the pink bus

• Damsel In Defense: A bundle of defensive items designed for women to use against attackers

all winners

We heard repeatedly from readers during this process that all three girls were deserving of the Prom Princess title.

We agree. All three finalists had great backstories, and each deserved to win in her own right.

The voters may have chosen Jennifer Zinke as the inaugural Victoria Advocate Prom Princess, but the other two girls will go to prom as well - thanks to the generosity and goodwill of a few Victoria residents.

Skye Lynn Valdez and Megan Koepp will attend the Victoria East prom with expenses paid.

In this case, all three stories have happy endings.

To vote on which dress our Prom Princess should wear, click here.

Jennifer Zinke, 18, stepped into what looked like a barn house outside and felt like a dream within.

Zinke, her mother, 42; and sister, Amanda Lu Montez, 24; were greeted by racks of glimmering prom and wedding wear at All About the Dress, owned by Christina Cook, who opened the shop this year.

Her camouflage Crocs tapped the floor of the elegant, chandelier-lit dress store.

Zinke was named the winner of the Victoria Advocate's Prom Princess on Sunday and was at the shop, which is sponsoring her outfit - including shoes and jewelry - searching for the right dress.

She began her search with help from her mother and sister.

Zinke looked timidly at the dresses before her.

"Just bring me a dress and I'll try it on," Zinke said.

Montez joined her sister in the draped dressing room, helping her zip up the bedazzled wonders.

Giggles poured out from behind the curtain.

"Where's Mom?" yelled Zinke. "Mom!"

Zinke popped out of the dressing room in a bright-pink, high-low cut strapless dress.

"Next," she said flatly.

The high school tomboy went through several dresses before choosing her final three: an apple green, mermaid-style gown; a deep turquoise dress; and a futuristic lime green dress.

Zinke spent almost two hours combing through dresses before making her final decision.

Click here to see the Prom Princess in her top three dresses and vote on which on you think she should wear on her big night.

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