“Be strong minded and always think that the impossible is possible.” -Selena Quintanilla Perez
We couldn’t possibly talk about our favorite group of amazing women without mentioning Selena. Not only has her story been part of our pop culture identity since we were kids, her music is still some of our favorite to throw solo dance parties in our bedroom to. Known for her soaring voice, sexy dance moves, flashy costumes and natural beauty, Selena didn’t start out a superstar — she grew in Texas with her parents and two siblings with little money and a father who played music in his youth and spent most of his time cooking up get rich quick schemes. It was through one such scheme (a restaurant) that he discovered Selena’s incredible singing voice and encouraged her and her siblings (brother Abie on guitar and sister Suzette on drums) to perform for their customers. 14 years later Selena and her band would revolutionize their style of music, building the first star act lead by a woman, winning a Latin Grammy, selling out a show at the Houston Astrodome and leading Selena to be forever known as The Queen of Tejano music. Of course, we all know that her life would be tragically cut short at the age of 23 and on the verge of her crossover success, but her legacy lives on in music and Hispanic culture and she continues to be an inspiration for women everywhere. Find out more about the singer and get an update on her signature look below!
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1. Selena’s favorite flowers were long-stemmed white roses.
2. She had a prized collection of more than 500 Faberge eggs of varying sizes and materials which she kept in a glass case. The entire display, among other famous memorabilia, can be seen at the Selena Museum Corpus Christi, Texas. The eggs are still displayed in the exact order Selena kept them in her living room.
3. One of her biggest non-musical dreams was to own her own farm. Toward the end of her life, in fact, Selena and her husband Chris had already purchased ten acres of land just outside of Corpus Christi where they planned to build a house and raise horses.
4. All of Selena’s famous stage outfits were designed by the singer herself. This led her to open her own boutique in 1993 called Selena Etc. It remained open until July 2009.
5. Selena had an ambition to do more acting and had a small cameo as a mariachi singer in Johnny Depp’s Don Juan DeMarco in 1994.
6. Her favorite lipstick was the now discontinued “Brick” by Chanel.
7. She was well known for driving a red Porsche Targa, which is also currently on display at the Selena Museum.
8. A lifesize bronze statue of Selena was erected in Mira Del Flor, Corpus Christi in 1997.
9. Selena ¡Vive!, the tribute concert televised 10 years after Selena’s death, achieved a record breaking 35.9 household rating, becoming the most viewed Spanish-language TV special ever in the history of American television.
10. She is often referred to as the “Mexican Madonna.” After her death, Madonna sent a message to the Quintanilla family (via fax machine) offering her condolences.