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Ellie Kemper Is Trending After Fans Discovered She Was Queen of the 'Veiled Prophet Ball'

Ellie Kemper Is Trending After Fans Discovered She Was Queen of the 'Veiled Prophet Ball'

Ellie Kemper is currently a trending topic on social media after fans dug up something from her past that is causing controversy.

The 41-year-old actress is best known for playing Erin Hannon on The Office and Kimmy Schmidt on the Netflix series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.

It was discovered that Ellie was reportedly crowned the queen of the 1999 Veiled Prophet Ball when she was 19. The annual debutante ball is held in St. Louis and the name of the event was changed to Fair Saint Louis in 1992.

Click inside to find out why the ball is so controversial and see what people are saying…

An article in The Atlantic, which was written back in 2014, revealed how the debutante ball was founded by wealthy White elites back in 1878 and “emphasized the existing power structure.”

Ellie Kemper trending topic on Twitter

An anonymous person played the “Veiled Prophet” at each ball and that person, who was chosen by local elites, got to choose the Queen of Love and Beauty at each ball. Ellie received this title back in 1999, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. An article from the paper, written in December 1999, states that she was “the 105th young woman to be so honored by the Veiled Prophet organization. She wore a white satin square-neck gown designed by Tomasina and purchased at Saks Fifth Avenue.”

There is also a photo of her being crowned at the event.

Illustrations of the early Veiled Prophets have a striking resemblance to members of the Ku Klux Klan, though it has been pointed out that KKK members did not begin wearing white hoods and robes until 1915.

Reports say that Black members were not allowed into the VP organization until 1979, though many of those members were reportedly embarrassed by the organization. Despite the name change of the event, the “Veiled Prophet Ball” is still held every year.

Just two weeks ago, Ellie gushed about some details of her personal life as a mom.

Read what people are saying about Ellie Kemper below.

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