On tonight’s Quiero Mis Quinces episode on MTV Tr3s, we met fraternal twins Viviana and Liliana. The two sisters went all out with their renaissance-themed quinceañera based on the period telenovelas Amor Real and Alborada, which their mom used as inspiration for the dresses. The two spoke to Latina.com from their home in Chicago about their quinces, and what they loved the most about that special night. Plus, don’t miss exclusive footage of deleted scenes.
Tell us about your Quiero Mis Quinces episode.
Viviana: Since we’re fraternal twins it seriously is two different people. We incorporate a lot of our traditions: me singing with mariachis and a piñata.
What did you think of your father/daughter dance?
Viviana: He had to hold us both [by one hand each], and what made it really nice is that it represented our relationship with him. It was sort of unexpected because we went from the traditional slow dance to “El Mariachi Loco,” with crazy Mexican hats. So it was really cute!
You had some problems with the choreographer. What happened?
Viviana: We were worried about the dance because we wanted to do it really nice, and it turns out he only practiced a month before the party. Some of the dances were actually kind of hard to do and the lifts were kind of dangerous. It was like six hours every other day [of practice].
Tell us about your dresses.
Liliana: My mom, since we were little, my mom has been preparing for our fifteenth birthday. We trust our mom with fashion stuff. She pretty much designed the dress.
We were excited to see your theme. How did that come about?
Viviana: The theme was basically renaissance-y. We actually went all out with the dress, and had it custom made. It was really nice, and our chambelanes were also dressed from that time period.
Did you ask your guests to dress in that style?
No, because we kind of wanted to stand out. We did try to get as many people to wear pink. Epic fail, though!
Why is it important for you to continue certain traditions?
Viviana: As I’ve seen with sweet sixteens over here, they’re more about getting your car. There’s basically no symbolism to it. But in Mexico, you’re basically becoming a woman. It was always our dream to have an amazing quinces.
Tell us about the decision to keep your dress on to sing with the mariachis, instead of wearing the traditional mariachi outfit.
Viviana: It was actually my mom who said I should keep the dress on because I was only going to be able to wear it for one night. She didn’t want me to blend in with them, even though I was the only girl. The idea that I wanted, which unfortunately I was not able to do, was wear the really puffy traditional mariachi dress.
What are some things you wanted to incorporate from the American side?
Viviana: I wanted a car because most people get a car here for their sweet sixteenth. But my dad put it as ‘either you have your party or you get a car.’ I choose my party a million times over. Your party, you’re always going to remember, and the car I can always get one eventually.
Was there any drama?
Liliana: Recently, probably a year ago, I had some problems with two girls. I was kind of close with them, but then things happened. One of the girls would always kind of yell at me and say mean things to me. I told my mom, and it got to the point that the school got involved. But we had a conversation before the party. We warned them that if they started any drama, we would kick them out.
What was the best part of your quinces?
Liliana: The best part was the piñata. I had so much fun breaking it, and also our surprise dance, which I found very cool.
Viviana: My favorite part was actually singing, even though I was very nervous. I hadn’t really performed in front of a large group of people. And with people you’re close to, it’s even harder. Since I dedicated one of the songs to my grandma and my uncle, who had passed away around four months ago, it was really emotional and really touching to be able to sing.