Friends say Kendall Walton was feared by most, but loved by all.
Think Meryl Streep in the "The Devil Wears Prada" with much less cruelty and much more compassion.
A take-charge, demanding fashion icon. Strong-willed, sassy and posh. A witty personality dressed in fabulous outfits.
But a nurturing, caring and devoted friend -- one who would lend a sympathetic ear and shoulder to cry on as quickly she would critique an outfit .
She was both princess and Mother Goose, those who knew her said.
Those were the two sides of the Hilton Head Preparatory School senior whose death was mourned and whose diva lifestyle celebrated during a candlelight vigil Friday.
"Without her I would never have any friends and she's never let me forget that," said close friend and fellow senior Dani Schatzman, 17. "To most of us she was a friend, and to some of us she was like a sister. To all, definitely a diva. She was an amazing soul and I know that heaven has gained a beautiful, new angel."
The 17-year-old died and four other teens were seriously injured Thursday night when Walton's car struck a tree on Hilton Head Island.
Walton, an honor roll student, had a "passion for fashion" and penchant for confrontation, Schatzman said.
At age 7 she learned how to sew her own purses and soon began sketching designs. Her dream was to land an internship with Teen Vogue or another major fashion magazine.
"We fought all of the time, but, somehow, our bond would never break," Schatzman said. "If she couldn't find the perfect outfit, she would sit in her bed and hide under the covers. She would not go out. And she had these big Prada sunglasses she wore with everything. She was 'it.' She was snappy and had her own way of looking at life. It was never a dull moment with Kendall around. She lived life to the fullest."
Friend Christine Quinn, 17, of Charleston remembers fondly two trips to New York with Walton, who yearned to end up in the Big Apple.
"She wanted to act and sing and she loved fashion," Quinn said. "She just had this drive to do everything she wanted."
Headmaster Anthony Kandel said Walton was "very well-liked and extremely talented." He called her an excellent singer who was interested in theater and the performing arts and was a standout member of the school's choir.
She played the glamorous and sophisticated Baroness Elsa Schrader in the school