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Here’s Proof That Latinos Don’t Do Anything Basic, Especially Not Quinceañera Cakes

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The most important part of any quince is the cake. Sure, the dancing and the outfits are all very important but what is a birthday party without a cake? A dance. That’s what it is. We all know that quinces are always a tad over the top because we just don’t do major life achievements in a basic way. Some are as tall as skyscrapers and some have moving parts and flashing lights. These are 25 of the most over-the-top quince cakes that you wish you had at all of your birthday parties.

1. Beauty and the Beast themes are never too dull.

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There are so many ways to do this theme. A yellow cake with rose petals is perfect because you immediately know what is going on here. The lit up rose in the glass case is the cherry on top of an amazing executed theme.

2. A gradual ombre is never a wrong move.

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This is likely to be the tamest cake you will ever see at a quince, yet it is so dynamic. Just look at all of the texture and color changing that happens on this cake.

3. It is always a plus if a quinceañera matches her cake.

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It seems pretty common sense but you’d be surprised how many people don’t understand the importance of matching. We’re not saying that it should match in the sense of it being the same color, but you have to nail the style and feeling of the dress. It really elevates the party.

4. Did we mention that people are obsessed with Beauty and the Beast?

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See. This proves that you can take the same theme and give it a different look to make it unique. This one focused on the characters and focal points of the movie. Notice the rose lit up on top and the teapot and cups on the bottom.

5. A monochromatic cake can always be inspired.

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You might just think that this is a white cake, however it is embellished with all kinds of bling and crystals. The flowers on top give it the quince touch because everything in a quince needs extra embellishments to make them really stand out.

6. Out of this world designs have graced many quince cake tables.

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Those galaxy cakes that are recently going viral are cute and all but we have already been doing those for quinces. They don’t have the same glossy and shiny coating, but the color scheme and the imagination have been in full force for many quinces past.

7. The quinceañera isn’t the only one to ear jewelry.

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Nothing says “Made it” like having some jewelry on the cake. The night is meant to celebrate a young woman becoming a woman but we all know that this is also a chance to brag about where the family is in life. You always have to make everyone think that the family is doing really well.

8. Extra cake for everyone is something that many should consider.

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Nothing says decadence like extra cake for everyone to really get their fill. After all, your tío and abuelo love to eat and they usually spend their time sitting at the table at parties enjoying all the food available.

9. Silk and luscious pillows make for great cake aesthetic.

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That top layer of the cake will remind you of that silk pillow that was in your abuela’s living room. No matter how may times you tried to sleep on it, it was just never comfortable. But it does look really nice so making it a cake layer is super fancy.

10. Barbie in a fancy dress as a topping.

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Now, this is fancy. Who wouldn’t stop, stare, admire, and take photos of this impressive and massive cake topper. Bonus points if the honoree and the doll have the same hair style.

11. Take those baby photos and use them for a good cause.

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Sometimes regular cakes are just too simple and boring. This family knew that they had to make the most out of the special day. What better way to celebrate a special birthday than with using childhood photos to tell their story.

12. Real plants make for great embellishments.

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Flowers and leaves are just a couple of things you can use to make the best of a cake. Make sure you let the guests know not to eat them because you don’t want sick people ruining the party. If these cakes aren’t enough for you, check out these outrageous quince centerpieces.

13. Make the cake everything you want with a special cultural touch.

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This Mexicana definitely made the most of her special quince cake using Día de los Muertos as the theme. The sugar skull on top is the perfect tie in for the beautiful flowers and colorful designs.

14. Some people don’t care about using someone else’s brand on their cake.

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Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Hello Kitty, you name it. Some of these quinceañeras have no issue taking their cake and using someone else’s brand to make it seem fancy. We all know a person who will do this.

15. This really is a quince tradition of the ages.

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Crazy cakes for quinces is not something that just happened. These cakes are just part of what it means to throw a good quince. The more memorable the cake, the better.

16. The taller and more intricate the cake, the better.

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Do you see the dolls on the cake? That’s right. Why only have one cake topper when you can just recreate the entire quince party on the top? This is a spectacular use of a quince cake, tbh.

17. When in doubt, just keep adding.

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You know that phrase, less is more? Yeah, that doesn’t exist in Latino households. Rather, we believe that if you are not happy with something, just keep adding to it until it is exactly want you want.

18. Deconstruct the cake to look artistic.

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Layered cakes are cute and everything but they are just too basic and expected. It is better to deconstruct the cake to display it than to stack all the layers and hide the beauty the is the cake.

19. Visions of gold for the win.

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Gold prices might not be as good as they once were but the love of gold is as strong as ever. Here is just one of the times in life when using gold on something makes perfect sense.

20. Floral additions are so enticing.

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Roses are not just for bouquets. Add them up the side of that cake and watch your guests go green with envy. Seriously. Try it and let us know what you think.

21. Or you can use stars.

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Let all those guests know that your future is about to be so bright they are going to need sunglasses. That is just one way to let everyone know how good things have been for you.

22. Put a major monument on it.

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If your quince is just too basic to tolerate, add a major monument on your cake to feel better. In this case, you can see the Eiffel Tower on top of the cake to let everyone know that Paris is on your mind. It doesn’t matter if you have ever been.

23. Masquerade is always a fun theme.

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This is a really easy and beautiful theme. Just a couple roses and a nice mask to make everyone feel like they are in New Orleans or galavanting around France in the 1800s.

24. Again, make those cakes grand.

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You can use staircases to make the cake seems like a multi-leveled vision of deliciousness.

25. Never underestimate the power of a feather.

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The feather can be taller than the cake and it will stick. That is how you make your quince cake really shine.

Here’s The Story Of One Undocumented Family Torn Apart During The Devastating Attack On 9/11

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Here’s The Story Of One Undocumented Family Torn Apart During The Devastating Attack On 9/11

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Luis Alfonso Chimbo and Ana Soria had come a long way since they met as children in Cuenca, Ecuador. They were married, living in Brooklyn with their son, and 34-year-old Chimbo was working for the Windows of the World restaurant–the very top floor of the North Tower of the World Trade Center. Chimbo had been promoted to a management position in the receiving department that takes inventory and stocks supplies. They were living the American dream as undocumented immigrants in New York City. In August, Ana Soria suffered a miscarriage. He took nearly a month off to be with her and care for the family. 

He was due to return to work on September 11, 2001. 

The morning of 9/11, Chimbo got up at 5 a.m. and left for work.

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The night before, he set his clothes out for his first day back and prepared a bag. He was always prepared. Chimbo would usually kiss Soria as he got out of bed. That morning, he didn’t. Soria went to their window and said, “Goodbye, my love” as he drove away.

Hours later, while working at the restaurant, Chimbo was trapped on the top floor of the North Tower after a plane was flown into the tower.

The Windows of the World staff included immigrants from over 24 countries.

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The 9/11 attack killed 170 people in Windows alone. Chimbo was one of 73 employees who perished. Arguably, those employees were some of the least-paid victims of the attack, which presented a moral challenge for Special Master Kenneth Feinberg, who had to allocate the $7 billion in the Victims Compensation Fund. Five thousand five hundred and sixty people applied as injured or dependents of the deceased. Feinberg’s initial formula was based on “economic loss”–meaning families of stockbrokers would receive more money than Chimbo’s family. The formula also rested on the presumption that lower-income workers would remain in their earning class for the rest of their lives–the antithesis of “The American Dream.”

Stories like Chimbo’s made a “tremendous impact” on Feinberg’s new formula. 

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In fact, the owner of Windows of the World and the executive chef Michael Lomonaco testified to Feinberg on behalf of lower-paid employees with a high potential for further promotions. In the case of Chimbo, they gave Feinberg evidence that he started out as a stock boy and grew to become a manager in the receiving department. “The structure of the restaurant reflected the American Dream, which I don’t use as a cliché but as an actual possibility,” Debra Steinberg told Tom Roston, the author of “The Most Spectacular Restaurant in the World.” 

Steinberg represented Soria along with thirty-seven other Windows of the World workers. “When you drill down into the stories of the immigrants who worked at Windows on the World, most of them said that it was the dream job. They walked with pride in their step. It was an astonishing place.” Feinberg told Roston that he used “discretion to bring up the lower end worker and reduce the stockbrokers and hedge fund managers,” granting higher payments to lower-paid victims of the attack.

A dozen of the Windows workers were undocumented.

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Feinberg looked to the congressional statute that allocated the funds and said it became clear. Documentation or nationality was not a factor into who becomes a legal victim and who does not in the eyes of the United States. The fund was for all victims of the attacks. 

As an undocumented person, Soria was terrified to ask for help in the days after the attack.

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“I was scared,” she says in Roston’s book. “[And] I was thinking that maybe I did not deserve it because this was not my country.” Finally, it was her son that prompted her to recall that at least he is deserving of medical care. Amidst the terror, her son needed asthma medication, so Soria went to Manhattan. Still, she doesn’t remember much about that day but remembers the help of fellow Americans to ensure her family got what they needed.

Would undocumented immigrants be met with the same courtesy today?

In the decades that have since passed, Soria has become a chef.

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She was taking culinary lessons at the time of the series of tragic life events –the miscarriage, the terrorist attack, the loss of her husband. Six years after 9/11, she returned to culinary school. Fifteen years after 9/11 tore her family apart, she received a green card. Her son has become a photographer and captured the above image of his mother.

She goes to the North reflecting pool every year on 9/11. Last year, she went on his birthday and left a flower and a birthday card which read: “To the love of my life, happy birthday to you. Surprise, you didn’t know I was coming.” 

READ: Three Years After Cancer Diagnoses, Luis Alvarez, A 9/11 First Responder, Dies At 53

Yalitza Aparicio’s Appearance Alongside Hollywood Veterans In Rodarte’s Spring 2020 Lookbook Proves She’s Still Rising

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Yalitza Aparicio’s Appearance Alongside Hollywood Veterans In Rodarte’s Spring 2020 Lookbook Proves She’s Still Rising

Back in February of this year, “Roma” actress Yalitza Aparicio dominated fashion headlines after her appearance on the red carpet of the Oscars. The actress made her first appearance at the 91st Academy Awards as a Best Actress nominee for her breakout role as Cleo a maid of Mixteco heritage working for a family in Mexico City during the early 1970s. Aparicio had already had a big night, not only had she nailed a coveted nominee slot, she’d done so for her first role ever in a movie. And while awe over her talent was much talked about, it was the mint-green and silver metallic tulle gown she wore by Rodarte that caught so much attention.

The fashion brand has long been an established designer on red carpets but there’s no denying the actress has helped raise interest in its designers. The red carpet match of the designers and the actress proved not only to be a success at the Oscars, but it also proved worthy of a lasting partnership.

For the fashion brand’s latest lookbook, Aparicio was selected as a model.

The rising star wowed in the brand’s dreamy fashion shoot.

Aparicio appeared in the Spring lookbook in a polka-dot belted black and white dress and a pair of sheer gloves studded with pearls which also speckle her hair. She modeled the dress in a magazine that featured Hollywood veterans such as Gabrielle Union and Kirsten Dunst.

Aparicio appeared in simple colors and extravagant gowns.

For her other appearance, the actress could be seen wearing a black and white plaid dress that featured a ruffle color and puff sleeves.

Of course, it didn’t take long for reactions to Aparcio’s appearance to set fire online.

Fans of the actress were quick to call her a “reina” and other celebrities including “Mad Men” actor January Jones, who also appeared in the shoot, commented “Love. ❤️”

Aparicio’s feature is another reminder, that the indigenous actress has her heels dug into Hollywood and the fashion industry and isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

Back in January of this year, Vogue México honored the actress with a feature and photoshoot that served as an ode to her culture and home state of Oaxaca. Not only was she featured on the magazine’s cover, but she was also thrown a party at the Patio del Huaje en el Jardín Etnobotanico in Oaxaca.

While the finicky nature of Hollywood and its attention to actresses of color has a strong pattern, Yalitza’s star does not seem to be dwindling. In fact, her appearance in the lookbook nearly seven months after her appearance at the Oscars, and without any announcements of new roles, proves she must have a lot coming up for herself.