A 15th birthday with a $20K price tag

Feb 12, 2024
Quinceañeras bring Latino families together to celebrate a young woman’s 15th birthday. They're getting more lavish — and more costly.
Kailey Cavazos models a dress at the Quince Expo 2024 in Houston. She remembers her quinceañera fondly, especially the song she wrote and sang for her father.
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Mattel is trying to get into the quinceañera business with Barbie

Oct 31, 2017
Barbie was born in 1959. So why is she having a quinceañera? This is the story of how Mattel is trying to get into the quinceañera business.
Quinceañera Barbie.
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Quinceaneras: A cherished, but costly, tradition

Jan 18, 2013
Many Latino families spend thousands of dollars to celebrate their daughters' "coming of age" on their 15th birthday.