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After taking a cardboard Justin Bieber to prom, fan gets to meet the real deal

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Ryanne Michael of Petersburg met Justin Bieber before his concert in Pittsburgh on Tuesday. In May, the Petersburg High School graduate took a cardboard cutout of the pop superstar to her senior prom after her date couldn't go because of a track meet.
Courtesy photo For the concert, Michael's grandmother made her a custom skirt using Justin Bieber duct tape.
Courtesy photo The duct tape features four images of Bieber as well as his favorite color, purple.

By Ryanne Michael

West Virginia University

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- I never, ever imagined that I would meet Justin Bieber!

I live in Almost Heaven Petersburg, W.Va., and five months ago I took a cardboard cutout of Justin Bieber to my senior prom. Everyone in town quickly learned that I have Bieber Fever.

In May, some friends surprised me with a Justin Bieber concert ticket as a graduation gift. (Thank you, Tyler and Leslie Kuhn.) Several months later, I was having a very bad day when I checked my Facebook and found a message from my friend, Amy Cooper. It said, "Ryanne!!! YOU ARE GOING TO MEET JUSTIN BIEBER!!!"

Immediately my day was turned around!

I listened to Justin Bieber songs like crazy, trying to prepare myself. My mom, Andrea Michael, came up with the idea to make a Justin Bieber duct tape skirt, and my grandma, Virginia Hedrick, designed the skirt using Justin Bieber duct tape, fabric and Velcro.

On Tuesday, the day of the concert, I was beyond excited. My sisters and I drove to Pittsburgh, and at 2:45 p.m., I was in a line to meet Justin Bieber!

The line moved pretty swiftly. I kept thinking I was in a dream until I saw Justin's bodyguard.

Before I knew it, it was my turn to go in to meet him. I had no clue what to say, but I knew I wanted to be myself. I walked through the black curtains of the private Bieber tent and felt like I was as white as a ghost. I wish I could have seen the reaction on my face. I was in total shock at first!

I know I said hi, and he hugged me twice. I tried to tell him a little bit about prom, and I gave him a photo album that had all the pictures from prom, as well as a West Virginia hat. It was all very quick.

After the meet-and-greet, I met up with my sisters for the concert. We had a wonderful time! It was really cool meeting Justin Bieber. He was a really nice guy!


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