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Barrera’s quinceañera a display of tradition, style

Emilie Barrera is the first girl in her family to celebrate a quinceañera ceremony in over 20 years.
Emilie is pictured here in her ceremonial gown. (Photo by Amanda Romazon, Grace Photography)

December 1, 2017 – Emilie Barrera knew for a long time that she wanted to celebrate her 15th birthday in the traditional, Hispanic way. For her, that meant a quinceañera.

Her mother, Kimberly Barrera, wanted to make sure that Emlie understood what that entailed. And so, in the year leading up to the milestone birthday, Emilie researched the quinceañera and spent time writing about what it is and what it means to her.

Emilie, the only daughter that Eddy and Kimberly Barrera share, was far more excited about what her quinceañera meant to both her faith and her culture than she was about the dress and party that traditionally accompany such a celebration.

“This is about me making a public declaration about my faith and what it means to me, in front of both sides of my family and my friends,” Emilie explained.

She also wanted a celebration and recognition of her traditional Hispanic heritage, which she says has always been important to her.


Read the complete story in the Friday, December 1 issue of The Standard.

By Samantha Kilgore •

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