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A Quinceañera, a party in the celebration of a girl’s fifteenth birthday in Latin America cultures, is a coming-of-age celebration that traditionally, announces the girl is ready for marriage. It resembles a wedding in scale, significance and cost, and the aesthetic is unique and quite pronounced; fantasy, princess-like, and expensive. Miami has one of the largest Qunceañera photo studio businesses in the world. Often, the party is superfluous and skipped. The photos are important.
Even though I am Cuban, I never had a Quince party. I drive by a billboard on my way to work advertising Quinceañera photo packages. It made me think about why girls in our day and age continue this tradition, and the industry built around it. I made an appointment at studio, a one stop-shop Quinceañera photo studio with everything included. I went to the two-room business on Calle Ocho and answered a series of questions about what I wanted, while keeping authentic to the medium. They did my hair and makeup in typical fashion and told me to look here, place my hand there, hold this, smile, no smile etc. After three hours, we chose the best images off the computer and the frame I wanted. I was in today’s standards, a Quinceanera.