Tonight on MTV Tr3s’ hit show, Quiero Mis Quinces, we meet Ajerim – a half-Puerto Rican, half-Palestinian teen from Florida whose quinces planning and celebration were rife with drama.
The 15-year-old’s Muslim roots don’t coincide too well with her quinces dream. Actually, Ajerim’s father didn’t want her to have one at all, and even threatened he would miss her party. That stress only fueled the ninth grader to work even harder for what she truly wanted and pushed her to drive all the way from Florida to New York to celebrate with her Puerto Rican side of the family.
We chatted with the teen about her Quiero Mis Quinces episode, which airs tonight at 6 p.m. ET. Ajerim shared with us the details of her party and the challenges she faced with her father.
Read what she had to say below:
What made you decide you wanted a quinces?
I wanted to make my grandmother happy, to be honest. Most likely the only reason I did it was for her. But then again, I did want to have my own special day where I was the center of attention. I mean who wouldn't?
You are half-Palestinian – tell us how that made your quinces planning challenging.
It was extremely challenging, especially explaining it to my dad's mom. She never saw the point of having a huge party for just a birthday.
What was the biggest challenge in planning your quinces?
Planning from Florida. It's not easy planning a huge party from a different state.
Your father did not agree with you having a quinces and said he wouldn’t attend. How did that make you feel?
When he told me he wasn't coming, I second-guessed myself. I thought about canceling the whole thing, but I sucked it up and accepted it. After all, I wasn't having a quinces for my dad. It was for me.
Why did you drive all the way from Florida to New York for your quinces?
I wanted the quinces where people would accept my decision and not criticize my Puerto Rican heritage… that made me feel better about my decision of having a quinces.
What was the theme of your quinces party? Tell us some details.
The theme of my party was a Masquerade Ball theme and the DJ played mostly bachata, reggaeton, salsa, and hip-hop. To be honest about the food, I don't really know [laughs]. I didn't get to eat; I was too busy stressing out on everyone.
Tell us about your quinces dress.
Wow! My quinces dress was a fuchsia color with lots of beaded design on the top. It stood out with its color and design. I just loved it.
What was the best part of your quinces?
Dancing the father-daughter dance with my mom. It was better than any father-daughter dance I've ever seen because my mom is my father and my mother at the same time. That was the highlight of my whole night.