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This is What A $6 Million Quinceañera Looks Like

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A poofy dress in her favorite color and a court of chambelanes in matching suits was just not going to cut it for the quinciañera of Maya Henry, daughter of San Antonio’s prestigious attorney Thomas J. Henry. No señores, her send off into adulthood needed to be headline-grabbing worthy…and a lavish party to the tune of $6 MILLION would did just the trick!

So what exactly do you get with $6 million? About nine Rolls Royce’s to transport the entire family to a fabulous custom-built, 55,000 square-feet venue decorated with 30-feet tall cherry trees and butterflies hanging from the ceiling, makeup by Patrick Ta — makeup artist to the Kardashians — and two custom-made dresses by Rolando Santana. As for entertainment, wait for it… wait for it: Nick Jonas AND Pitbull. STFU!

So how do you remember this special night? You have Michelle Obama’s photographer take pictures, of course!

Maya’s 29,000+ IG followers loved every second.

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Like the Oscar-inspired decor.

#davidmonn #mayasquince #mayasquinceanera

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Did we mention that the venue built especially for the occasion was decorated with strings of butterflies hanging from the ceiling? #magical

The ginormous butterfly cake, that probably no one ate.

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Way to keep a theme going.

Pitbull was on duty.

Also thank you @pitbull #pitbull #patricktamakeup#quinceañera #rolandosantana #ports1961 #sanantonio

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No one better to get the party started than Pitbull! Daaaaaale!

And Nick Jonas was the perfect gentleman.

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And also super hot.

But Maya is used to taking pics with celebs, like…

@justinbieber

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and…

@katyperry KNOWS WHATS UP #teens4hillary #ImWithHer #katyperry #hillaryclinton #hillary2016

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and…

pleasure to talk to @iamjamiefoxx the other night! #votehillary #imwithher #teens4hillary

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and even…

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Back to the party. Doesn’t her makeup rival the Kardashians’? We think so!

Thank you @patrickta i loved my bday party glam!!

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Ain’t no party without a photobooth… amiright?

Love my best friend ??

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All this thanks to her parents, Azteca and Thomas Henry.!

Us old people can have fun also @maya_henry ??#nickjonas #pitbull

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Happy Quince Maya!

Thank you @rolando_santana for our custom dresses! #rolandosantana#rolandosantanafor ports#ports

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Even Though Disney's Latina Princesses Stirred Controversy, We Should Have More Of 'Em

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Even Though Disney’s Latina Princesses Stirred Controversy, We Should Have More Of ‘Em

Disney, as you might already know, is gearing up for the debut of Elena of Avalor, its first-ever Latina princess for people to argue a whole lot about. If this sounds a little familiar, it’s because we went through the same debate on Latino-ness with Disney’s other first-ever Latina princess, Sofia the First.

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It’s because of, not despite, the debate surrounding these characters that Disney should strive to make even MORE Latina princesses. Lots of ’em. From all different places, with a variety of skin tones, hair textures, dreams, goals and abilities. Also please make at least one of the princesses goth.

The reality is that there will always be a certain level of (healthy) trepidation surrounding an announcement that a POC character (or, in Sofia’s case, a white/maybe-Latina character) is being presented to us by a large corporation aimed at bringing in as broad an audience as possible.

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Disney, and similar companies, aim to appeal to as wide an audience as possible and, as is often with the case with entertainment media, whiter (or, similarly, white-washed) characters are deemed more marketable and–blegh–relatable to wider audiences. (More on why “relatability” is silly later.) So when companies present characters who aren’t necessarily Anglo, there’s a fear of potential stereotyping, of tokenization or of otherwise presenting this character through the lens of a presumed very white, very myopic audience. There’s also the concern that these corporations and studios, which might not fundamentally understand something like Latino identities or history, will profit off these portrayals at the expense of actual Latinos. Then there are, of course, arguments against the ideas of Disney princesses in general.

All of these are valid concerns.

And yet…

Representation only becomes better the more there is of it. Particularly now, at a time when social media allows all kinds of voices to be heard, groups that haven’t been able to see themselves adequately and accurately reflected onscreen (even as magical girls from faraway lands) are demanding not just representation, but thoughtful, smart, funny, inclusive representation.

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And the reality is, many Latinos are used to relating to white, Anglo characters (and, increasingly, to black characters and Asian characters). I mean, we consume a LOT of media, and a big chunk of it doesn’t involve us at all. Why would non-Latino viewers not, then, also relate to us? After all, plenty of little kids from all backgrounds adore Dora the Explorer and want to be just like her. And who doesn’t love Jane (you know, the virgin)?

Providing us with more Latina princesses also offers a chance to explore how diverse of a community Latinos are, both in terms of physical looks and interests.

If Sofia is deemed too fair and light-eyed to accurately portray a large swatch of Latinas, it’s because that’s true of any Latina. Which is why there should also be Afro-Latina princesses, princesses of indigenous American backgrounds, Japanese-Brazilian princesses, Chinese-Cuban princesses, Latina princesses with bright red hair and freckles, Latina princesses who don’t speak Spanish, Latina princesses who are fifth-generation Chicanas.

Btw, don’t get too hung up on the historical plausibility of these princesses, you guys. They’re literally cartoons. There’s no way that, like, Tinkerbell’s wings could possibly hold up her body mass, or that ANIMALS AND ENCHANTED FREAKIN’ TEAPOTS CAN TALK AND ALSO SOMETIMES WEAR JAUNTY TUNICS, so let’s just draw a line right here.

Basically: More is more. And we should have it all.

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READ: Disney Just Hired a Chicano Cartoonist Who Criticized Them for Years

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