Chongas!

Maybe 2007 will be their year

As Mimi and Laura stride through the shopping center, they briefly slip out of character as they discuss their summer plans. They are going to Scotland in two months with their drama class for a festival, where they will be in a production of Godspell. The seventeen-year-old guy who plays Jesus just broke his arm, Mimi explains, and they're unsure about who will replace him.

Then there are the SATs -- Mimi scored above 1300, but Laura needs to repeat the test to improve her number. She's worried about this. Lately Laura has also been thinking about a young man who e-mailed her, a kid from Kendall who liked the song. Maybe, she thinks, she will have a boyfriend soon.

They have noticed that guys like them better as chongas, a fact that makes them more than a little depressed. Both girls get plenty of looks from guys as they walk down the street in their chonga wear -- but not, for example, when they are sitting in their AP English class, wearing sweatshirts, jeans, and glasses. "I think we would have boyfriends if we were real chongas," Laura says.

Laura Di Lorenzo (left) and Mimi Davila have taken Miami by storm with their song "Chongalicious"
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Laura Di Lorenzo (left) and Mimi Davila have taken Miami by storm with their song "Chongalicious"
Yunaisy Gonzalez and Yeney Yero at the Mall of the Americas (top); chonga nameplate earrings at the Opa-locka/Hialeah Flea Market (bottom left); Yasmine, a chongalike Bratz doll
Yunaisy Gonzalez and Yeney Yero at the Mall of the Americas (top); chonga nameplate earrings at the Opa-locka/Hialeah Flea Market (bottom left); Yasmine, a chongalike Bratz doll

Then there's the new video. They have been offered free studio space to shoot it, rewritten the music and lyrics to avoid copyright problems, and met with a lawyer about making money off the next song. They've promised everyone -- fans, Power 96, the world -- that they will make a sequel to "Chongalicious." They wrote a spoof of T-Pain's song "(I'm in Love) With a Stripper," but have had to wait to shoot the video; the two guys, Lucien and Meikoh, who were supposed to sing the male parts, were grounded for staying out till 11:00 p.m.

"Lucien was supposed to clean the whole house as punishment," Laura says. "I think he's finished, so we should be good to go."

Just then they are approached by another giggling teen, a chubby thirteen-year-old girl from Miami Lakes. Mimi and Laura switch into chonga mode to pose for more photos. The Spanish accent comes out, Mimi bats her heavily made-up eyelashes, and Laura gives the girl a big hug.

The fan, Juliette Robles, doesn't seem to understand that it's an act. Between giggles she tries to explain why she loves them so much. "They showed the world, like, what a true chonga is," explains Juliette. "They are straight-up chongas." They think they can fight other people, Yunaisy commented.

You know, when you're little, you think you're the shit.

If they were forced to stay at home, they passed the time by acting out scenes from plays and filming each other singing.

She had never heard the word chonga on the island, but she guesses it's something like a chusma, or person of low class. Laura Di Lorenzo (left) and Mimi Davila have taken Miami by storm with their song Chongalicious Yunaisy Gonzalez and Yeney Yero at the Mall of the Americas (top); chonga nameplate earrings at the Opa-locka/Hialeah Flea Market (bottom left); Yasmine, a chongalike Bratz doll Laura and Mimi sang Chongalicious at the Power 96 MILF Olympics in Hollywood this past May 12

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