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This Is What Being A Chambelan Looks Like When You Hate Being In The Spotlight

Being a dama or chambelan in a quinceañera court comes with a ton of responsibility, including paying for your outfit, learning the choreography for a dance piece and having to participate in a million photoshoots. Although all of this can be fun, it’s not so much fun when you’re a non-photogenic introvert who hates being in the spotlight. And that’s what we have here – a collection of quince photoshoots with chambelanes who, by the look of their facial expressions, are not meant to be in the quince business.

One clue that tells you a chambelan ain’t having it, is his absolute refusal to smile in pictures.

CREDIT: @cristinaloca_photography / Instagram / Digital Image / April 16, 2018

This is the exact face my chambelan had on his face during my quinceañera.

You can tell that this chambelan is just ready to go home.

CREDIT: @wewanttodancela / Instagram / Digital Image / April 16, 2018

He is over it.

Meanwhile, this chambelan looks like he’s about to break down and cry.

CREDIT: @blackdiamonds.xv / Instagram / Digital Image / April 16, 2018

His mom probably forced him to be a chambelan even though he clearly didn’t want to be.

The kid on the right is cheesin’ from cheek to cheek, but the kid on the left…

CREDIT: @rompe_condones / Instagram / Digital Image / April 16, 2018

He’s lying there thinking, “Why the hell did I say yes to this? Fml.”

This guy has that “Really? Another picture?” type of look on his face.

CREDIT: @8studio / Instagram / Digital Image / April 16, 2018

I wouldn’t be surprised if he just grabbed the photographer’s camera and threw it against a tree.

Instead of having a cheesy smile on his face, this chambelan looks like he’s about to cry.

CREDIT: @coreografpattyxv / Instagram / Digital Image / April 16, 2018

This is probably the fifth quinceañera his mom has volunteered him to participate in.

This chambelan on the other hand, is praying for the day to be over with already.

CREDIT: @myperfectquinceofficial / Instagram / Digital Image / April 16, 2018

Poor guy. Hang in there buddy.

As you can see from one picture to the next, there’s a clear pattern with these chambelanes’ facial expressions.

CREDIT: @alejandromelchor_photography / Instagram / Digital Image / April 16, 2018

I give this stank face a 10/10.

Clearly, this chambelan is not entertained.

CREDIT: @quinceroyalz / Instagram / Digital Image / April 16, 2018

Homeboy is just trying to go home already.

Just in case you haven’t had enough chambelan stank faces, here’s another one.

CREDIT: @yuyaproductions / Instagram / Digital Image / April 16, 2018

Someone give this kid a hug and tell him everything is going to be okay.

From the same quince court, here’s another chambelan who also isn’t enjoying a single moment of the photoshoot.

CREDIT: @yuyaproductions / Instagram / Digital Image / April 16, 2018

I’m going to take a wild guess here and say that this is about the 90th picture the photographer has taken so far (and he’s not even close to finishing).

This chambelan is like, “I can’t believe I volunteered for this and am not getting paid for it.”

CREDIT: @houstondancestars_ / Instagram / Digital Image / April 16, 2018

I feel you dude.

Although this image is blurry, you still get a sense of how excitingly amused this chambelan is to be part of the quince court.

CREDIT: @blancachavezphotography / Instagram / Digital Image / April 16, 2018

You can tell he is totally ecstatic to be wearing that long sleeve purple button up, black bow tie and overalls on a hot summer day.

Ever seen a chambelan pout? Well here you have it.

CREDIT: @fish7w7r / Instagram / Digital Image / April 16, 2018

Even the quinceañera is tired and totally over it.

This chambelan doesn’t seem too happy about being in a full on charro suit in the middle of the beach.

CREDIT: @mickyteens / Instagram / Digital Image / April 16, 2018

I don’t blame him. I don’t think I would feel very comfortable either.

The guy to the right of the quinceañera is over there sweating, trying to smile as hard as possible. Meanwhile, the guy on the left is just like:

CREDIT: @yamilexquince2017 / Instagram / Digital Image / April 16, 2018

Zero effort whatsoever. LOL

This chambelan is so upset that he’s not even looking towards the camera.

CREDIT: @choreography_delaluz_ / Instagram / Digital Image / April 16, 2018

LOL. That side eye says it all.

Overall, you can get a sense that these guys were not meant for the role of a chambelan.

CREDIT: @ohemgeeitsangie / Instagram / Digital Image / April 16, 2018

So if you’re looking for a good chambelan, make sure you go for someone who’s outgoing, lively, energetic and charismatic.

You can’t blame them for not smiling though. Being a chambelan is stressful AF.

CREDIT: @pedrobarajasfotografo / Instagram / Digital Image / April 16, 2018

The best thing you can do for these guys is just be there for moral support. Remind them that it’ll all be over with soon.

This dude is even using the quinceañera as an arm rest because of how exhausted he is.

CREDIT: @israelr_photography / Instagram / Digital Image / April 16, 2018

Just 200 more pictures buddy. You got this.

Here you have a chambelan who has been placed far deep into the friend zone.

CREDIT: @avmphotoboutique / Instagram / Digital Image / April 16, 2018

LOL. Pobrecito.

This chambelan is straight up mad dogging the photographer.

CREDIT: @studio_monarca / Instagram / Digital Image / April 16, 2018

“I dare you to take one more picture. I f*ckin double dare you. Go ahead. Click click, flash flash.”

Last but not least, here’s a picture of a chambelan having the time of his life.

CREDIT: @fotografiabyk / Instagram / Digital Image / April 16, 2018

On a level from 1 to 10, how much do you relate to these chambelanes?


READ: 25 Quinceañera Photoshoots That Are Way Over The Top


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Watch This Girl Dance With Her Brother For The Father-Daughter Dance At Her Quince Because Her Papi Had Just Been Deported

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Watch This Girl Dance With Her Brother For The Father-Daughter Dance At Her Quince Because Her Papi Had Just Been Deported

@prisesaks / Twitter

A quinceañera should be one of the happiest days of a young girl’s life. It’s a giant birthday party meant to celebrate everything about her. It’s her big day. And us Latinos, we go big with quinces. Some parents save their entire lives to throw their daughter’s massive parties.

So that’s why this video, which has since gone viral, is such a big deal.

A young girl is forced to dance with her hermano during the father-daughter dance because her papi has just been deported a week before her party.

This is the heartbreaking video that’s since gone viral.

According to the original poster, @prisesaks, her uncle (who is the birthday girl’s father) Was deported just one week before the young girl’s quinceañera was set to happen. Rather than cancel the event and create more trauma for the family, the event went on as planned but the girl’s younger brother stepped up for the father-daughter dance and OMG the video is seriously too much.

You can feel the emotion of the girl as she wipes away tears and tries so hard to maintain her composure the best she can.

Yes, this is basically us after watching that video.

And we dare you to try and tell us you’re not looking the same right about now.

Like we know we’re not alone.

Like can you imagine looking forward to this super special moment with your papi, to then have him deported. He wasn’t able to attend her event whatsoever.

But then to have her brother come up and do the dance with her so she could still try and enjoy her moment…OMG my heart.

For most it was the sheer emotion of the video but for others it was the song that sent them over the edge.

And, of course, it’s a classic that’s played at father-daughter dances and this young girl sadly wasn’t able to enjoy it with her father.

And many on Twitter were devastated for the young girl because she was probably looking forward to this moment with her father her entire life.

Not only is it a moment she was likely looking forward to but it’s a moment many young women look back on for the rest of their lives. Thankfully, even though her father wasn’t there, her younger brother stepped up and gave her a very meaningful memory.

One Twitter user pointed out that it was a very real threat for many Latinos across the country.

Even if you’re in the country with authorization, simply being brown or looking a certain way, can land you in ICE custody. Even if you’re a US citizen. So many Latinos are being extra cautious when it comes to travel.

For many, it boiled down to the difference between right and wrong.

Many were shocked that our government’s policies were creating heartbreaking situations like this that tear a father apart from his daughter on her special day. But as long as the administration continues to enforce in humane and often racist immigration policies, this could be just the first case of many.

‘Our Quinceañera’ Is A Documentary Featuring A Principal Who Has Been Throwing Quinces For Students Who Can’t Afford Them

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‘Our Quinceañera’ Is A Documentary Featuring A Principal Who Has Been Throwing Quinces For Students Who Can’t Afford Them

In the small Mexican-American town of San Benito in Texas, many girls dream of the day that they will make their debut as women to their family and community. But the tabs for orders of gowns, crowns, food, decorations, and DJs often run so high that for awhile such events for the girls in town were out of reach.

Then, Gilbert Galvan, the principal of San Benito Veterans Memorial Academy, came up with an idea that meant that not a single girl would be forced to miss out on the opportunity to take part in the tradition.

Since 2015, San Benito has hosted an annual quinceañera event for young girls and their families.

CREDIT: Avenida Productions

Nearly five years ago, Gilbert Galvan Sr. found himself being invited to quinceañeras by the students at his school. Then one day, some of the answers from the young women at his school caught his attention. After a few of his female students opened up to him about the fact that they did not have enough money to afford a quinceañera, Galvan Sr. was inspired to do put on a party for them on his own.

In just a matter of months, the educator sought out donations from his community to put on one massive quinceañera. Donations and gifts came in all forms– from cakes and dresses to crowns and the volunteered time of makeup artists and mariachi singers. That was the first year.

In the years that have followed, Galvan Sr. has continued to put on the event where as many as 40 girls have attended at a time. Today, donations for the girls come in from across the country.

The community quinceañera has gained so much attention that it’s now becoming captured in a documentary.

CREDIT: Avenida Productions

As reported by FIERCE by mitú last year, Galvan’s son, Gilbert Galvan Jr. —who has worked in the entertainment industry for ten years— was inspired by his father’s efforts and pitched the event as a documentary concept to Fanny Véliz, the award-winning filmmaker and CEO behind Avenida Productions. Now, having been directed by Véliz and given the name “Our Quinceañera” appears to be closer to its release. According to the documentary’s site, the film is in submission for festivals!

During an interview with FIERCE last year, Galvan Jr. said he hoped the documentary will inspire viewers to “embrace their heritage and celebrate the power of community… We want to document this historic event while empowering and inspiring Latina girls across the country to pursue and achieve their dreams.”

Check out the full trailer below!

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