We follow the journey of one quinceañera —Hailey Alexis from Whittier, California— as she plans for the big day. From going to the Los Angeles Fashion District with her mom Rosie in search of the perfect dress, to last-minute dance rehearsals during her party, we follow Hailey every step of the way. We meet the self-proclaimed “quince lord,” whose videos garner many likes on Instagram. We also talk with family friends who are debating whether they will have a quinceañera for their daughter, and attend one of the biggest Quince Expos on the East Coast.
Throughout the process, we explore how the quinceañera is seen as a status symbol, a form of female empowerment, a statement about Latinx identity and also just a really fun party.
This Latino USA podcast was produced by Antonia Cereijido. It was originally broadcast on September 16, 2016.