Molly Munyan — aka Molly Balloons — has definitely earned the title of "Balloon Girl." She creates these stunning balloon dresses all by hand, and to say we're impressed would be an understatement. Somebody cast this woman on Project Runway.
It all started with a homecoming dress she made out of balloons in high school. "I became a professional balloon artist when I was 15 and decided to start experimenting with fashion when I was a senior in high school," Munyan tells MORE. "I wanted to wear one [balloon dress] to my senior homecoming."
And that's exactly what she did. The final product was this two-piece blue number that is stylish enough for any black tie event.
Following the homecoming dress, the Kansas City native has continued to design gorgeous gowns, and many of them showcase her hometown pride right alongside her balloon-talented skills. In fact, these amazing Kansas City Royals dresses launched her career.
"It wasn't until last year around the World Series that my dresses really took off as a central element of my business," Munyan says.
This business is a dream for any balloon artist, but it's not as though these dresses are easy to create. "It takes me anywhere from seven to 17 hours to complete," Munyan tells MORE. "Usually they take around 10 to 12 hours, straight."
That makes it all the more mind-boggling to consider that she had eight incredible looks for her balloon gown fashion show.
Clearly only the most daring people would risk rocking a dress that might not make it through the day — balloons do have the tendency to pop, of course — but we'd totally take the risk to rock a dress as beautiful as this.
And while these dresses are amazing, the way she's using her talents to help others is even cooler. In a recent YouTube video, Munyan said she and her friend and makeup artist Elsa Rhae will be taking their skills to Thailand, Vietnam, and Cambodia in November.
Their goal is to prove that joy and laughter are universal. Just like their art forms, they believe time is fleeting, so that's why they're hoping to spread their smiles and art to underprivileged kids abroad.
Molly Balloons has found an awesome way to spread some smiles and wear a beautiful one while she's at it.