Tonight on MTV Tr3s’ hit show, Quiero Mis Quinces, we meet Alissa – a Mexican American teen whose quinces was postponed after she was diagnosed with a lung infection. Fast-forward one year, and the now 16-year-old Alissa was able to have a quinces with a theme that was literally out of this world. The Californian high school junior had a vintage meets sci-fi party, complete with four wardrobe changes. Her biggest challenge was finding the perfect limo – never easy.
Alissa even performed during her quinces. Was she nervous? Read her exclusive interview with Latina.com below to find out. Alissa’s episode airs tonight at 6 p.m. ET. (Don't forget to watch the teaser video below the interview!)
Tell us about your episode on Quiero Mis Quinces.
I was able to perform and sing – two of my favorite things to do. I had my court and we danced to pop and hip-hop music and then I had a dance with my sister. One of the dances was Sci-fi themed, with Star Wars moves and flips.
How did it make you feel when you were not being able to have a traditional quinces because of your lung infection?
Even though I had my quinces a year after I was diagnosed, at least it was on the month of my birthday in August – and gave me more time to plan.
What were some of the challenges you faced while planning your quinces?
Finding the perfect limo was the biggest challenge. I wanted something nice, and everything we saw was dirty and old and the interior colors weren’t to my liking. I finally rented a beautiful pearl white and black limo with ivory interiors.
Tell us about your unitard – is that what you wore instead of a traditional dress? I had 4 wardrobe changes: I made my entrance in a beautiful ivory dress. For my charro performance, I wore a black traditional mariachi suit. For the sci-fi dance, I wore a unitard that was metallic and silver, and for my dance with my sister, I wore a leopard outfit with a cool hair ornament that was pulled together by chopsticks.
How did your guests react to your outfit?
Everyone was very surprised, but in a positive way.
You also sang at your party. Were you nervous?
I’m in the high school choir and play the guitar, so I was used to performing and wasn’t nervous.
What was the best part of your quinces?
Being with my family was the best thing because we’re so spread out and they came from Fresno, Arizona, Bakersfield for this special day.