Last night on the hit MTV Tr3s' hit show, Quiero Mis Quinces, 15-year-old New Jersey native, Natasha educated her court on the importance of a Quinceañera. Check out our Q & A with Natasha and watch an exclusive deleted scene from last night's episode below!
Tell us about your episode of Quiero Mis Quinces.
My show is basically about me teaching my friends what a Quinceañera is all about, and all about the Spanish culture. In my town, I’m one of the only Spanish girls—my family is from Puerto Rico. I go to school with mostly Italian girls, so to them it was a new thing.
What’s the biggest lesson that your non-Latino friends learned about Latinos from taking part in the experience?
They noticed that a Quinceañera is really serious and important because it meant a lot to my family. In the beginning we were all just fooling around, so now they get that the party is very important to Latinos and that it’s tradition. They see how close a family really is. I think Spanish families are closer than any other families.
Was there a theme to your Quinceañera?
Yeah. My theme was Carnaval. I picked Carnaval because it’s very bright, colorful, exciting and there’s a lot of dancing. I’m a dancer and I love that!
Tell us about your dress!
Oh my God, I picked it because it was my favorite color: pink! It was actually my mom’s choice. I absolutely love it.
How is a Quinceañera different from a Sweet 16?
It’s very different because it’s more traditional. If you go to a Sweet 16, it’s just partying and that’s all you really do. With a quinceañera you’re with your family and friends and you do the change of the heel and slipper and it’s really different. It’s about going from a young girl to a young adult. I didn’t really think it was that serious, but after a while I realized that it was really important because it’s my culture—it’s where I come from and it’s a tradition.
Why should Latinas check out the show?
Because I think [this episode] is something different. On a lot of the shows, everybody’s already Spanish or they live in Spanish towns, and here there are barely Spanish people and I’m teaching them what my culture is all about. I think that was the best part of it all—teaching my friends and my court about my culture.