They say prom is a night you’ll never forget. It’s the last time you and all the people you grew up with are in the same room together before graduation. And you’re all wearing outfits that you’ll never live down, no matter if you become an accountant or a famous celebrity.
If you’re Latino, you probably had very little to say in your Prom dress or suit, because your mom had Opinions with a capital O. Here are a few celebs getting ready for this special dates.
1. Demi Lovato
In 2010, Demi Lovato completed a promise made to her BFF, Nolan Narddechia, by going to prom with him. “A promise made in kindergarten finally coming true… Prom with Nolan!” Lovato tweeted before the big night.
2. Christina Aguilera
Meanwhile, Aguilera shared her prom date with her very best friend. Somehow, someway, Christina Aguilera has looked like a star since she was 18 years old. 💃
3. Bella Thorne
We’re obsessed with Bella Thorne’s A-line aqua tutu prom dress. The 16-year old Cubana is giving off major Arielle vibes back in 2013.
4. Jessica Alba
Literally two whole decades later, Jessica Alba looks the exact same: like a Mexican Cinderalla.
Fergie went to prom in 1993 and is a blonde bombshell stand out. She’s wearing a pearl chocker to match the pearl studded bust of her floor length gown.
6. Pero like, look at Fergie.
In full color. With her above-the-elbow white gloves. I’m screaming.
7. Bruno Mars
So we have no idea what Bruno Mars wore to his prom, but we do know that it’s been 15 years since his 2003 prom at President Theodore Roosevelt High School in Honolulu, Hawaii.
8. Danny Trejo
OK, so Trejo isn’t wearing a suit in this photo. Umm… de nada! 😉 This is Trejo post high school, but don’t worry, we’ll get him clothed for you…
9. Danny Trejo all done up
10. Sofia Vergara
Ok, ok, so Sofia Vergara didn’t have a prom at her high school, but she did have a uniform dress/smock situation. Here’s the Colombiana holding her high school diploma. Just that same year, she would get married at 18 years old.
11. Sofia circa 2012
These days, she’s rocking blue dresses a little differently. Modern Family star is rocking a navy blue Vera Wang gown at the Golden Globes in 2012.
12. Becky G.
Becky G had already made her claim to fame by the time she made it to her senior prom with then-boyfriend Austin Mahone. Apparently nadie is immune to emotional parents on the night of prom:We went with another couple and we did the whole cheesy picture thing with the parents being all emotional and excited for us.”
13. Becky G x2
Becky G shared details of her prom night with Seventeen magazine, saying, “The party was on a boat, and then afterward we drove around in the limo and went to In-and-Out — I got my usual Number Two with no onions, extra toasted buns, and a Dr. Pepper. I had to be home by 1 a.m., so there was no time to party afterward.”
14. Laurie Hernandez
No biggie, Laurie Hernandez is just an Olympic gold medalist for the U.S., but girl is still in high school, having high school experiences. She looks belleza as ever in this very recent pic.
Yep, Snooki is best known for being Italian, but she’s actually Chilean. Here she is at a mere 17, just a few years before she would make it on “Jersey Shore.”
16. La La Anthony
17. La La Anthony, 2018
18. Jo-Anna García, 1997
Jo-Anna García group up in a very Catholic household, extending even to her attending Tampa Catholic High School in Florida, where she was crowned homecoming queen in 1997.
19. Jo-Anna García, 2018
These days, García is sporting sleeveless little black dresses on the red carpet and is best known for “Once Upon a Time” and “The Astronaut Wives Club.”
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On Friday, Netflix dropped an original true crime documentary series about the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, a then 3-year-old British girl who was abducted at a Portugal resort in 2007 while her parents dined at a nearby restaurant. Her case, which remains unsolved, immediately garnered widespread coverage from international media, and, after the release of The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann, it has become the topic of conversation again.
One of the most heavily-reported missing person cases of modern history, there are numerous theories about what happened to the girl, and many are investigated in the eight-episode series. One of the most widely-believed premises is that Madeleine was abducted and sold into a sex-trafficking ring. The now-15-year-old child’s body has never been found, leaving her parents to believe that “there is still hope that we can find Madeleine.”
While Madeleine’s case is horrifying, it’s unfortunately not unique. In the US alone, an estimated 460,000 children go missing every year. A majority of these youth are of color. According to Robert Lowery, vice president for the Missing Children Division of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, about 35 percent of them are Black and another 20 percent are Latinx, CNN reports. Unfortunately, while these young people were abducted, ran away and/or forced into sex trafficking in our own backyards, news of their disappearances hardly make local news, let alone national or international headlines.
This was apparent in 2016, when two young women in New York went missing and were soon found murdered in New York within a week. One of the women, 30-year-old Karina Vetrano, who was horribly beaten, raped and strangled to death while taking a jog in Queens, received national headlines. The other, 20-year-old Dominican-American Maylin Reynoso, whose lifeless body was found floating in the Harlem River, was barely covered in local news.
This particular case of media racism isn’t distinctive, either. Zach Sommers, a law and science fellow at Northwestern University School of Law, investigated the anecdotal theory that women and girls of color receive different treatment from the media when they go missing. According to his research, both race and gender play a role in the amount and type of coverage they receive.
“A person’s race plays into the types of assumptions we make,” Sommers recently told Refinery29. “The labeling of teenagers as runaways tends to be racialized. There is a hierarchy of victims in the media and in society, where we are more willing to label a young white girl as blameless.”
Below, we highlight a sample of the countless Latina girls who are missing, some who have disappeared as recently as this month and others whose cases have remained cold for decades.
Sofia Juarez went missing on February 4, 2003, the day before her fifth birthday. Her disappearance, which remains unsolved, triggered Washington’s first-ever Amber alert. A 10-year-old relative reported seeing the young girl walking down the driveway with a man dressed in a black sweatshirt, black pants and sneakers. Officers considered her grandmother’s boyfriend Jose Lopez Torres, a neighbor with a record of minor sex offenses Kevin Ireland and the girl’s father as possible suspects, but no arrests have been made. Sofia’s mother died in 2009, but her family vowed to continue their search for the girl.
Haley Romero-Menendez was last seen in her Northwest Washington, DC neighborhood on Tuesday, March 12. The Metropolitan Police Department is currently asking for the public’s help in finding the “critically missing” 16-year-old Latina. Standing at 5’5” and 130 pounds, she was last seen wearing a green hoodie and blue jeans.
Reyna Alvarado-Carrera was last seen in her Norcross, Georgia home in 2005 at the age of 13. Few details are known, but authorities believe she was abducted by a non-relative male named Jose Carlos Gatica Luna who was 34 years old at the time of the disappearance. The girl, who went by Gaby, is now 27 years old.
Manhattan Latina Sulay Andino was last seen on March 20, 2018 at the age of 16. Standing at 5’5″ tall and 145 pounds, the girl, now 17, is believed to be in the Bronx, though there are few details around her disappearance, including what she was last wearing, who last saw her and what she was last seen doing.
Diana Belinda Alvarez has been missing since May 29, 2016. The girl, then 9 years old, was last seen in her Fort Myers, Fla. home wearing a short-sleeved shirt and blue shorts. Jorge Guerrero, who is currently incarcerated on possession of child pornography charges, is the prime suspect in the now-11-year-old girl’s disappearance. The girl’s mother, Rita, visited Guerrero in jail in July 2016, where the man told her that her daughter was alive but did not tell her where she was.
Henrietta Geck Cruz Avila went missing the summer of 1960, when she was 17 years old. She was last seen in Garden Grove, Calif., where she lived with her husband who she had dated for a month before they wed. News reports refer to the marriage as “no overwhelming success.” The summer of her disappearance, Henrietta’s parents contacted her husband, Merle, to ask where she was. He stated she had packed her bags and left him. A mysterious telegram signed “Henrietta” was sent to the family after the conversation and a collect call was made from someone claiming to be her, though they hung up as soon as her mother took the call. Henrietta’s parents hired a private investigator and offered a $1,000 reward for information on her remains, as they believed she was killed, but she, now 76, remains missing.
Alissa Albizu disappeared from her home in Philadelphia the night of October 16, 2015. Officials have classified her case as an “endangered runaway.” Last seen at age 13, when she was 5’2”, 112 pounds and wearing a red shirt and blue pants, Alissa, who has a tattoo on her right hand, is currently 16 years old.
Agueda Arias disappeared from Longview, Washington at age three on November 16, 2001. The girl was last seen with her mom, Guadalupe Barajas Castro, shopping with an adult male friend. The vehicle the mother, who was pregnant at the time, was driving was found abandoned in California. Neither she nor her mother was seen again in a case authorities have said had “suspicious circumstances.” She would be 20 years old today.
Manuela Carina Caz Choc
Manuela Carina Caz Choc, 16, was last seen June 10, 2018 in Culpeper, Virginia. The girl is believed to be with a man, named Oscar Quinich Tut, who was posing as her biological father. Manuela, now 17, was 5’0″ tall and 92 pounds at the time of her disappearance. She also had gold caps on three of her front teeth with a half moon shape in the middle and a skin condition causing discoloration on both her arms and back.
Aileen Rivera was last seen in Warminster, Pennsylvania on March 10, 2019. Reading police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating the missing 15-year-old. She is 5 feet 4 inches tall and about 120 pounds.