For most young girls, the thought of meeting their favorite celebrity is merely a fairytale dream, but for one lucky little lady by the name of Alyssa Linares, it quickly became a reality, thanks to a clever contest put on by Verizon!
The tech company recently hosted "My Fabulous Quince" contest where teenage girls entered to win a trip to Los Angeles to have none other than Jennifer Lopez style her dream Quince party, complete with a dress, cake, dinner, party planner, special guest performance and much, much more, and Linares took home the grand prize.
Wow—now that's what we call a very happy birthday!
J.Lo and Linares quickly bonded and had a blast planning the extravagant event, and dished on the fun experience.
"Alyssa knew exactly what she wanted, which always helps. It made the whole process easier. She had a real vision for herself," the star explained with a doting smile towards the contest winner, who settled on not one, but two custom dresses by designer Johnathan Kayne. "This is so up my alley. I'm always the Barbie doll, and they're always dressing me up and doing my hair and makeup, but I love dressing people up, too. This was a pleasure for me! This was the easiest thing they could have asked me to do."
It was so enjoyable that Lopez even posted an adorable pic of them together after their shopping session, tweeting, "Hosted a Quince style session w/ an incredible young woman Alyssa Linares, the winner of @VerizonWireless #MFQ2013!!"
"After reviewing more than a thousand submissions by teenage girls from across the nation for Verizon's My Fabulous Quince Essay Contest, we were thrilled to choose Alyssa as the grand prize winner," said Elva Lima, Verizon's Executive Director, Community Relations and Multicultural Communications. "Her essay reflected the voice of a young woman with a bright future, who deserved not only the Quinceañera of her dreams, but also help further her education with a college scholarship."
"Verizon notified Alyssa in person at our Verizon Wireless Houston store. Her reaction to becoming the grand prize winner for the My Fabulous Quince Essay Contest was priceless—the excitement and joy was contagious!" Lima continued.
Alyssa, we're betting this is one celebration you'll never forget!
—Reporting by Lindsey Caldwell