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By Orin Pierson
Pilot Editor 

Ferreira quinceañera:

a Petersburg first


Photo courtesy of Denis Vapelnik

The photoshoot is important for the quinceañera. Four or five helpers getting her hair and makeup perfect is one more ritual that makes the transformation out of childhood feel real."It was pretty much the first experience of what it would be like on the actual day," says Yenka. Ukrainian artist and photographer Denis Vapelnik, currently based in Petersburg, shot the photos at Sandy Beach.

The family of Yenka Faith Ferreira are celebrating her quinceañera this Saturday, and as far as they can recall it will be the first quinceañera celebration ever to take place in Petersburg.

"My mom has never seen one in this will be the first one or definitely the first one to be public like this," says Yenka's mother, Yulett Ferreira.

A girl on her fifteenth birthday is known a quinceañera, and her formal ceremony-typically celebrated in Mexico and other Latin American countries and among Hispanic communities in the United States-marks the transition from childhood into...

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