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These 25 Quince Dresses Are Over The Top Yet So Perfect For The Perfect Day

Quinceañeras are a very traditional celebration in the Latino community. It signifies the moment a young girl becomes a woman at 15. However, Latino parents never think you are an adult, even if you are 45 and married with children. Like most celebrations, a lot of embarrassing mementos exist, like the video above. Not only are the decorations over the top, so are some the quince dresses that have graced the planet. Check out the 25 most over-the-top dresses below.

Quinces are a time to celebrate a young woman’s transition from a child to a woman. As such, the most important part of this celebration is the dress for the quinceañera. Some of them tend to be a little much but even those can be so perfect at the right time.Whether it is the over-the-top choice in color or accessories, there you can always spot the quince dress because of it’s “pay attention to me” aura. Here are 25 quince dresses that have that kind of style.

1. Mighty Flowers

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Flowers are an important part of any celebration. That being said, the size of these flowers seems a bit excessive. There isn’t anything wrong with owning your own style but this is way out there.

2. Ballerina

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Some quinces like to let people know what they love and what they are known for. Sometimes that translates into a very unexpected quince kind of dress. Whether you’re a ballerina or gamer, we have seem quinceañeras take themes a bit too far.

3. A Tale As Old As Time

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Thanks to Disney, every golden colored gown immediately becomes a “Beauty and the Beast” gown. Seriously. Even if you don’t think about having a quince based on this children’s tale, if you find a gold one, it will cross your mind.

4. Tulle On Tulle On Tulle

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Less is more is more than just a phrase. It is a way of life. Yet, too many times, quinceañeras come through with enough tulle make a separate dress. What does one need all that tulle for?

5. Overly Regal And Matronly

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We all know that they quinceañera celebration is about a young woman becoming a woman. However, you aren’t becoming a mother. Keep things fun, playful, and not so matronly.

6. Quince At 6, Fútbol Game At 6:30 p.m.

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There is no wrong way to spend your quince and for some people that includes a little soccer. This quinceañera really took her love of soccer to a new level with this team-inspired dress.

7. Just A Fan

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You don’t have to actually go to the game to make a soccer-inspired dress for your quince. Really. Sometimes just making your accessory the symbol of the soccer team will get the story across.

8. Making Your Own Soccer Squad

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If the quinceañera is that obsessed with a sports team, chances are the rest of her family is too. Since it is already a family affair, might as well make it a full family affair.

9. Shine Bright Like A Diamond

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Rihanna is kind of the only person that can do this and get away with it. There is nothing wrong with bringing attention to yourself on the day of your quince, that’s what it is all about. Yet, this kind of bright fabric seems to be a bit much.

10. Paper Flowers

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You can already hear them scrapping along the ground as she walks across the floor. Why does this look like something your mom would have added to make it unique before your reveal?

11. The Bigger The Dress, The Bigger The Secrets

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Not all dresses are created equally. This dress is the perfect example of that. The last time anyone saw a dress this big was during the Renaissance. But the embroidery is pretty cool.

12. When The Men Outdo It

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It isn’t always the quinceañera that is over the top with their outfits. Sometimes the men are the ones that come together to show the quince how it is done.

13. Train For Days

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Every woman should experience the joy of having a train. Tbh, the best part is having someone pick up the train for you. It really makes you feel like a queen. These dresses are not the only things that are over the top for quinces. Check out these out of this world cakes.

14. Ethereal Goddess

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Light, airy, peaceful. There is something so beautiful and so extra about this quince outfit. There is not a whole lot going on but the vibe is phenomenal.

15. Soccer Fan

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Did we already cover these kinds of dresses? Doesn’t matter because they are so extra that you should be exposed to them more than once.

16. Like A Queen

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Nothing wrong with letting your peasants know their place. There is something so fancy and regal about wearing your sleeves.

17.  Lawn Trimmings On Fleek

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Again with the flowers. Low key, this dress looks like someone was standing around while they were cutting the grass and got the trimmings all over their dress. It is kind of natural chic.

18. Tapping Into More Disney Vibes

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Of course “Beauty and the Beast” is an easy one to do, but how about Jasmine from “Aladdin?” Yeah. This one takes the cake when it comes to over the top themes and dresses because, well, just look at it.

19. Midriff

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People are obsessed with trends and the midriff one for a quince gown is quickly catching on. Now, there is nothing wrong with loving your body and if mom and dad approve, then so be it.

20. Animal Print

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Animal print is so 1990s. Favorite animals are often referenced in these kinds of celebrations but maybe they should just be in picture around the room instead of on the dress.

21. Referees On The Field

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See. Everyone’s family can get a little out of hand when it comes to a major celebration. Clearly this family is making sure that everything is up to par for the big day.

22. Mariachi Love

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Over-the-top does not have to be a bad thing. On the contrary, sometimes over the top is beautiful and something to be celebrated. This dress paying homage to mariachis is something to behold.

23. Tiered Like A Cake

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The cake isn’t the only focal point at the party with layers. The dress is a perfect time to incorporate some layers to make an entrance a grand entrance.

24. Gold Trimming

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If you can’t walk around with literal gold, this dress will make for a nice touch. This dress takes the whole future-so-bright narrative to a whole new extreme.

25. Embroidered With Love

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If the fact that the dress is covered in colorful flowers isn’t enough, they are also in so many different colors. This makes for one attention-grabbing dress.

‘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.

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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.

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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!

[Video] This Video Of A Teen At Her Quinceañera Sobbing For Her Father Is So Incredibly Sad

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[Video] This Video Of A Teen At Her Quinceañera Sobbing For Her Father Is So Incredibly Sad

There seems to be no end to the horrifying stories we’ve been hearing that illustrate the fallout of the Trump Administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy one which has been the hallmark of his presidency since he took office. Among the headlines that describe the effects of the immigration policy are those highlighting the sub-human conditions at the migrant-holding facilities at the border, or the those telling the terrifying stories of students being taken into ICE custody right before their high school graduation.

And the sad news doesn’t stop there.

Recently, a Latina’s Twitter post went viral when she shared the story of her niece being forced to dance el valz at her Quinceañera with her brother after her father was “taken” by immigration.

Twitter user @prisesaks took to Twitter on Monday to share a video of her young cousin dancing what is traditionally the father-daughter dance while holding her brother and crying. “So my uncle which is her dad was taken by immigration a week before her 15 and sadly he wasn’t able to be there,” @prisesaks said. “Her brother had to take his place in the father/daughter dance. It just broke my heart”.

The heart-tugging video shows the 15-year-old girl holding her brother while slow dancing with him. Her hand covers her mouth as she tries to hold back sobs. Her brother also looks visibly emotional.

The video and Tweet quickly went viral, racking up almost 3.5 million views, over 60,000 retweets, and almost 1,500 comments.

The traditional father/daughter dance at a Quinceañera is one of the most important parts of the birthday celebration and also a moment that many young Latinas look back on as a defining moment of transition from youth to adulthood. The fact that this Latina’s father could not be there to celebrate it with her is understandably upsetting for many people.

Twitter users responded to the video with a spectrum of emotions ranging from pity to outrage.

It’s understandable that such an emotionally-charged video can bring up a lot of feelings in people. Quinceañeras are supposed to be a day of celebration–a time in a Latina’s life when she gets to be “Queen for a Day” and she officially begins the transition from a child to a young woman. Unfortunately, this young woman’s entry into adulthood was much sadder than she had anticipated.

This Twitter user brought up a valid point about the difference between flashy headlines and the fact that people’s lives are actually being affected:

With all of the political tactics and clickbait articles that go around online, it’s easy to forget that there are humans beings involved in the immigration debate.

This Latina was heartbroken over the separation of a family:

After hearing stories of the appalling behavior of border control agents mocking migrant deaths and making fun of their pain, it’s easy to feel jaded towards immigration officials.

This Latina gave props to where props were due for the younger brother for stepping up for his sister:

The burden of family separation should not have to be placed on the shoulders of young ones.

Even the birthday girl’s older sister took to Twitter to express her appreciation that their story was being told:

Although their family’s situation is a tragedy, it’s a blessing that they have a platform to educate the world on the everyday realities of family separation.

This man educated the public on how important the father/daughter dance is to many young Latinas:

We can’t imagine how the young girl was feeling at the moment.

The video is just more evidence of how Trump’s policy of family separation has a real, lasting impact on Latino families. While statistics and news article tell a part of the story, the numbers and abstract policy discussion don’t illustrate the full picture like these small, intimate glimpses into the lives of Latinx families whose lives are forever changed by the Trump administration. Moments like these are formative in young adults’ lives, and this girl will forever have to look back on what was supposed to be a special day with bittersweet feelings.

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