This is not sexy at all. What the hell happened here? So many questions. Did she fall? Does she not own a swimsuit? Why didn’t anyone help her up? Who’s washing her clothes after this? Because why would anyone get in the water with jeans?
This was her signature look, el del pelo suelto, but it just looks like she was on her fifth day of dry shampoo.
This was basically all of us during our teen years; the branded purse, the shiny top that looked like a nightgown and the chandelier earrings. And correct us if we’re wrong, but we’re pretty sure that mole didn’t make it to William McKinley High.
So many us are already glued to our screen right now, binge watching far too much television, if you ask me. But – and it’s a very valid but – a throwback series consisting of our favorite and iconic Latino television shows would be a very valid excuse to continue racking up that screen time.
And guess what? NBC’s Universo is delivering exactly that with the launch of their new prime time lineup called ‘Retro Jueves.’ Consider it a chance to rewatch some of your favorite TV shows and realize just how fast time passes.
‘Retro Jueves’ will be full of iconic Latino TV shows – bringing us some much-needed content during this quarantine.
With the slogan “Remembering is Living” – so true! – Universo is launching “Retro Thursdays”, a new programming block that will be broadcast every Thursday in prime time from April 30 (that’s tonight!) at 7 p.m. ET.
The new programming block will bring back some of the most iconic U.S. Spanish-language TV programs from the early 2000s and let us remember the good ol’ days as we get a chance to look back at the beginnings of some of our favorite TV celebs.
Consider this a golden opportunity to revisit some of these classic shows that so many of us grew up watching as kids. Or, if you’re in quarantine with your mamá or tías – get them in front of that TV with you for a trip down memory lane.
Some of the classics I’ll be watching include, Caso Cerrado.
Few shows are as iconic and over-the-top genius as Caso Cerrado. The super dramatic court TV program is hosted by the beloved Dr. Ana María Polo and includes some seriously scene-stealing guests.
Though the show has come under fire for allegedly creating fake court cases – I don’t care. It’s great entertainment.
Caso Cerrado will kick off the programming with some of it’s very first episodes at 7pm ET.
Then it’s on to Protagonistas de Novela 2.
Protagonistas de Novela 2 follows at 9 p.m./8 p.m. central. This 2003 reality show guaranteed the winner a spot in a future telenovela, and this particular season became crucial for current stars like William Levy and Ximena Duque. Relive the drama and excitement that divided a nation: were you team Erick Elías or Alfredo de Quesada? Maybe your opinion will change if you rewatch it, or maybe it’ll remain unchanged.
Then things get hot at steamy with episodes from the super intense show, Decisiones.
At 10 p.m./9 p.m. central, we’ll dive into the true stories of people thrust into amorous adventures and pushed to their breaking points. Decisiones brings steamy melodramas about passion and sex in the modern world of 2005, featuring unique standalone stories in each episode.
Then it’s way back to Dr. Ana María Polo’s OG days with her original court program – Sala de Parejas.
This was the very court program that quickly had Dr. Ana María Polo stealing the hearts of viewers. The show centers on marital problems – which made for some seriously great TV. The success of Sala de Parejas enabled Dr. Ana María Polo to take the idea further and launch Caso Cerrado, where she was able to show other disputes not related to relationships.
With such a promising lineup of classic, iconic TV shows – I now have my Thursday night plans and I’m beyond excited.
Everyone remembers what it was like to be a teenage girl: the agony and ecstasy of thinking everything was permanent and the biggest deal in the world. Every crush was the only guy you’d ever love. Every song was the best song ever written. That’s why Taylor Swift’s style of songwriting is perfect for teenage girls’ psyches. Swift’s songs paint the world in black and white, good and bad, love and hate.
Not to mention, they’re catchy AF.
One Latina, in particular, seemed to be affected more than the average girl by the fairytale nature of Taylor Swift songs.
Swift-stan Paola Andrea (who goes by the name of @goodgirlfaith13 on Twitter) is a superfan that puts everyone else to shame. The Orlando-based Latina not only has an Etsy shop called Stitch It Up by Paola in which she sells stickers and other crafts dedicated to T-Swift fandom, but she also runs a Tumblr blog dedicated to Swift and her artistic genius.
And Andrea’s devotion to Swift runs deep: on her Twitter page, she revealed that she dedicated her entire quinceañera party to a single Taylor Swift song.
I was going through my pictures and found this. (Gosh this is almost 10 years ago). I was so obsessed with the Love Story music video that chose it as a theme for my quinceañera. Good times ???????? pic.twitter.com/mKFx1s2j54
Andrea explained that when she turned fifteen, she convinced her parents to let the theme for her quinceañera be Taylor Swift’s “Love Story” music video. For those of you who forget, the video features a teenaged Taylor Swift, dressed up in intricate ballgowns, waltzing with a hot male model who looks to be dressed up as Mr. Darcy. The video flashes between Taylor daydreaming on her highschool quad and singing from the top of an isolated tower. So, yeah–you could call the video “a mood”. Naturally, Andrea shared an adorable #TBT photo of herself dressed in a ballgown identical to Swift’s costume in the music video.
But when we think about it deeper, this quinceañera theme makes complete sense. Taylor Swift songs ruminate on true love, innocence, fairy tale endings, and the sting of growing pains. What could be more perfect for a celebration of a young woman’s coming-of-age?
In the caption, Andrea shares that she was “so obsessed with the Love Story music video” that she “chose it as a theme for [her] quinceañera”.
It all makes sense, actually. Taylor Swift’s songs are tailor-made for 15-year-old girls with a princess complex. In Swift’s “Love Story” music video, she channels a princess trapped in a tower in a long, flowing gown. Naturally, she’s waiting for her Prince Charming to come and save her (as every 15-year-old girl with a pulse is doing too). Thankfully, Taylor Swift’s songwriting has evolved since then and she no longer identifies with the “damsel in distress” narrative. Still, this young Latina’s commitment to her fandom is quite inspiring.
In that same vein, Paola Andrea isn’t the only Latina who used her quinceañera as an opportunity to stan a favorite piece of pop culture.
Twitter, as well as the rest of the internet, is full of Latinas sharing hilarious #TBTs of the unique themes of their quinceañeras.
This girl shared photos of her “Beauty and the Beast”-themed quince:
Back in 2017 when the Emma Watson-starring “Beauty and the Beast” Disney remake was dominating the box office, 15-year-old girls everywhere were snatching up yellow ballgowns en masse at the nearest mall. Who doesn’t want to be a princess who’s both beautiful and smart? We could take or leave The Beast, however.
This “Harry Potter” fan who convinced her entire Quince party to dress in Hogwarts-style house robes:
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If you see the video from this Latina’s quinceañera, you’ll see that this birthday girl went all-out on her chosen theme. Not only was the entire quince venue decked-out to resemble the Hogwart’s dining hall, but every dinner plate came with a wand and a golden snitch. Not to mention. the guest of honor also had her face photo-shopped onto the movie posters. Now that’s dedication.
The Latina who loved “The Phantom of The Opera” enough to dedicate a milestone birthday to it:
Cleverly enough, this quince was held at a theater. We hope there was no actual phantom waiting in the wings to crash the party.
And last but not least, this Birthday Girl who proved what real love is by devoting her entire Quinceañera theme to the cult-favorite fast-food restaurant, “Whataburger”
This Chicana’s Quinceañera theme was so iconic that Whataburger apparently reached out to her directly to thank her and sent her a gift in the mail as thanks for her loyalty! We don’t know about you, but our madres would’ve whooped our behind if we tried to eat a burger like that in our brand-new quince dress.
Here’s to all the young Latinas who march to the beat of their own drum! May your quince themes always reflect your unique personalities!