We'll admit it -- we were completely surprised to discover that redheaded, fair-skinned Disney sensation Bella Thorne has Latin roots. Her father, who passed away in a car accident in 1997, was Cuban. And last year, the 16-year-old Shake It Up star had an elaborate quinceanera to honor his memory.
Now, the multi-hyphenate talent is taking to the drawing board to collaborate with her 20-year-old sister, Dani, and Texas-based designer Sherri Hill on a line of "Latin-inspired" gowns for quinceaneras, specifically -- though the frilly, sequined, princessy pieces look appropriate for flashy bat mitzvahs, certain proms and perhaps an elaborate bridal party, too.
“It has been a dream of mine to design dresses, and I felt like I was reliving the magic of my quinceanera all over again," the star said in a statement to Pret-a-Reporter. Hill designed the frothy pink confection Thorne wore to her own 15th birthday party, for which she arrived in a horse-drawn carriage and cut her cake with a butterfly-engraved knife currently being saved for her dream wedding of the future.
Everything in the 20-piece formal collection will retail between $400 and $900 (with a portion of proceeds going to The Thirst Project, one of the the charities Thorne fronts) and be available in a bevy of specialty boutiques for spring.