Sweet 15: Quinceañera

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Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Quinceañeros are lavish, extravagant, and culturally relevant. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Parents are indulgent; moms sometimes live vicariously through their daughters. 

Violence

No violence; death of a parent discussed. 

Sex

Low necklines, tight dresses, bikinis. Mild innuendo that's more funny than sexy. 

Language

Occasional muted curses.

Consumerism

Lavish spending.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Champagne. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Sweet 15: Quinceañera is a reality series featuring a family-owned quinceañero party planning business and their clients. There's lots of costly, exorbitant celebration-related spending (although prices are rarely mentioned), including tight, fancy dresses with low-necklines and photoshoots of girls in bikinis. There's some muted cursing, and occasional adult drinking (champagne). Positive messages about family and community set this apart from other reality programs, but some of the parties are definitely grandiose and over-the-top (which is part of the viewing fun).

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What's the story?

SWEET 15: QUINCEAÑERA is a reality series about a family that dedicates its life to organizing the single biggest day in a Latin girl’s life. Alexis and Daniela Fernandez, the co-owners of Miami’s Bella Quinces & Photography, provide dresses, take photographs, and of course, plan the perfect Sweet 15 party, or quinceañero, for the birthday girl. Helping them is Alexis’ cousin, Jarling Perez, the store manager and Alexis' mother, Irmina, who, along with his late father, started the business and built it into what it is today. From pre-party photoshoots in Paris, France, to parties with multiple costume changes and choreographed music videos, no request is too big, and no party too outlandish for them to handle. 

Is it any good?

This reality series offers an entertaining look into what goes into to some of the more lavish celebrations marking a quinceañera’s (15 year old girl’s) transition into womanhood. It showcases the flamboyant ways families choose to recognize the right of passage, as well as some of the more traditional rituals they adhere to, including a high-heeled shoe ceremony and a father-daughter dance. 

The festivities are larger-than-life, and it's hard not to be taken back by some of the extravagance featured here. But Sweet 15: Quinceañera also highlights how culturally significant quinceañeros are to Latino communities, and the efforts the community makes to help families with lesser budgets make them happen. It also underscores the importance of family. There's a lot of extravagance, but it also has some heart. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the history of quinceañeros and how they are portrayed in Sweet 15: Quinceañera. The roots of these celebrations are from Latin America, but the traditions surrounding them often differ among different ethnic groups in the Latino community. Do shows like this one accurately portray these differences? Are the majority of these parties as expensive and grandiose as the ones featured here? 

  • What are some of the stereotypes about Latino communities and quinceañeros? Do you think these generalizations are reinforced in this show?

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