On tonight’s episode of MTV Tr3s’ hit show, Quiero Mis Quinces, we meet Genecie of Mission Viejo, California. Genecie was excited when her father expressed interest in being involved in the planning of her quinces. But the 15-year-old high school freshman soon realized that her father had plans on becoming a little too involved.
Genecie spoke to Latina.com exclusively about her quinces, the difficulties of planning her party with her father, and how she wouldn’t change a thing.
Tell us about your episode of Quiero Mis Quinces.
My dad and I have a different relationship than other people and pretty much the episode was about the challenges [of the quince planning] because my dad tried to take over a lot. I called him “Diva Dad.” You know how a lot of moms try to live through their kids because they didn’t have a quinces? Well, my dad was trying to live through me.
How did that make you feel?
At first I was pretty excited but then it kind of got annoying because he wouldn’t let me do anything. I really wanted my theme to be a princess theme and he wanted a masquerade so my party ended up being a masquerade.
Was it difficult to plan your quinces with your father?
I would say it was difficult but at the end, I would do it again the same exact way. I love my dad and he can be annoying but everything that he did for me is incredible and I’m so thankful for it.
Did you have a lot of say while planning your quinces or did you and your father discuss every step of the way together?
He wanted to discuss everything but I really wanted to choose my court because I felt like my court should be friends who are like my family and he wanted different people. But I ended up choosing the court – that’s something that I fought for really hard.
How did the whole experience affect your relationship with your father?
It definitely made us closer but at the moment, we were butting heads a lot because he wanted one thing and I wanted the other.
Your dad helped you pick your dress. What was that like for you?
It was weird because I wanted to do it with my mom, but he took over. If my mom said, ‘Oh, that looks good,’ my dad would say, ‘Um, no, you have no fashion sense.’ It was pretty funny.
Can you tell us about your dress?
My dress is turquoise and gold. It has a lot of beading on the front of it. It’s very glittery and it has a tail on the back with gold squiggles coming out of it. I love my dress. If I could wear that every day, I would.
What were some of the other details of your quinces?
I invited 125 people. I had a chicken plate – my dad chose it, too! We went food testing and I really wanted to pick out the food but my dad ended up winning. We had the party at the Queen Mary in Long Beach, which is like an antique boat so it really had that old feeling. It was very different and I really didn’t want to have it there but my dad picked it without me knowing.
What was the best part of it all?
The best part of my quinces was seeing how much my family cares for me, and being able to show everyone that I’m not a little girl anymore. It felt really nice being surrounded by all the people I love.
What advice would you give to other girls who are planning their quinces?
I would tell them to have fun and make it last as long as possible because the time goes by so fast and you’ll be sad when it’s over.
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