Minla Phillips is feeling tired. It’s Dec. 29, and it’s time for the Jack and Jill’s Debutante ball. She’s hours away from making her official debut into society — but first, Starbucks. Phillips’ mom brings her a pumpkin loaf and caramel ribbon crunch frappuccino. Phillips’ mom delivers a caramel ribbon crunch frappuccino and pumpkin loaf to her daughter. She declares, “I’m ready take on the day.”
The Mothers of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. Houston Chapter was established 70 years ago. These debutante balls were meant to introduce young, accomplished women to suitable young men. In 1952, the goal of debutante balls was to find a husband. No longer. Phillips is not thinking about marriage. Phillips, a sophomore psychology major at Howard University, is most excited about her debutante sisters and dancing with her dad, as well as being presented.