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Feature - Las Cubanitas
Diana Markosian
A girl’s quinceañera (fifteenth birthday) is a Latino coming-of-age tradition marking transition into womanhood. It is a gender specific rite of passage, traditionally showcasing a girl’s purity and readiness for marriage. Families go to great expense, often celebrating with a lavish party. The girl dresses as a princess, living out a fantasy and perceived idea of femininity. In Cuba, the tradition has transformed into a performance involving photo and video shoots, often documented in a photobook. Pura’s quinceañera had a special poignancy, as some years earlier, having been diagnosed with a brain...

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Cuba. 2018. A quinceañera rides around her neighborhood as her...
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CUAB. La Havana. 2018. Pura stands on her street a few days after...
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Cuba. 2018. Pura’s community looks on in tears as she is paraded...
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Cuba. 2018. A quinceañera steps down from the seat of a vintage...
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Cuba. 2018. Veronica stands in the window of her grandparents...
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Cuba. 2018. Pura gets ready to step out at her quinceañera, adorned...
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Cuba. 2018. A backup dancer waits for her entrance.
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CUBA. Havana. 2018. Friends prepare to enter a quinceañera that...
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Cuba. 2018. A teen stands in the courtyard of a church as he...
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CUBA. La Havana. 2018. Photographs found in a photo studio. Traditional...
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Cuba. 2018. Hair and makeup preparation for a friend’s quinceañera....
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Cuba. 2018. Pura’s friends and family pour into the hallway outside...
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Cuba. 2018. Pura’s brother peeks out from Pura’s room.
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CUBA. La Havana. 2018.
After getting hair and makeup done, Pura...
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Cuba. 2018. A relative stands in the hallway as she waits for...
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Cuba. 2018. Children, teenagers, and adults alike all dance on...
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Cuba. 2018. Waiting for her traditional quinceañera dance.
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Cuba. 2018. Children, teenagers, and adults alike all dance on...
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Cuba. 2018. After her party, Pura stands outside of her house....
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