Watch a YouTube slideshow of Ryanne Michael's prom date with "Justin Bieber" here:
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Like teenage girls everywhere, Ryanne Michael said, "I always dreamed of my senior prom with the perfect date."
The 18-year-old bought a beautiful blue gown months ago, but had no date to the Petersburg High School prom.
She had been asked to go, and then the boy changed his mind three days later. He had a track meet on May 5. "That's a guy for you," she said.
During a phone and email interview, Ryanne said she was going to go anyway with girlfriends. After all, she is a senior and will be among the 136 students graduating later this month from the Grant County school.
Then, while lying in bed on the morning of the prom, it occurred to her. Why not Justin? He was available, good looking and low maintenance -- if a bit stiff. "I knew he wanted to go to prom!" she said.
And that's how her life-size cardboard cutout of Justin Bieber ended up as her date to the junior-senior prom.
"I had always wanted to go with him anyways," she said.
She dressed him up with a bow tie borrowed from a friend of her mother's.