20 Reasons Selena Quintanilla Will Never Be Forgotten

3 Aug

YES YES and YES! Iconic and NEVER forgotten.
Taken from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/03/31/selena-quintanilla-legacy_n_6976098.html


An earlier version of this article was published in April 2014.

Over twenty years after the death of rising Tejano star Selena Quintanilla, her legacy continues to grow despite her absence.

The Grammy-winning star was shot and killed on March 31, 1995 at a Days Inn motel in Corpus Christi. The former president of her fan club, Yolanda Saldívar, was charged with the murder. Despite the decades that have passed since her death, Selena lives on thanks to the help of thousands of devoted fans.

Here are 20 reasons Selena will never be forgotten:

  • She Pushed Herself To Succeed Out Of Her Comfort Zone
    • Selena may have been a Texas girl through and through but the star connected with her parents’ Mexican roots and her father’s musical past in a very special way.

      Throughout her career, Selena was not only inspired by Tejano music but created a fusion of musical genres that incorporated other Latin sounds and inevitably won over Latinos across the country.

      “A range of Latinos really connected with her,” Deborah Paredez, author of “Selenidad: Selena, Latinos, and the Performance of Memory, told NBC. “She drew from pop, Tejano, calypso, Afro-Caribbean, and cumbia music, so she signaled across a lot of cultural identities.”

    • She Was More Than Just Musically Talented
      When it came to her performances, Selena not only brought her beautiful voice onstage but also her own designs.

      The singer began designing clothes around the age of 10 and had a hand at creating most, if not all, the outfits she wore on stage during her career.

      She felt so passionate about clothes that she opened two boutiques, one in San Antonio and the other in Corpus Christi. Selena Etc. Inc. boutiques not only sold the star’s signature line of fashions and accessories but had salons that offered customers hairstyling and manicures.

    • She Was The Latina Madonna
    • Selena was known as the “Mexican Madonna” due to her sensual dance moves and sexy outfits. While Madonna may have first wowed audiences with her bustiers, it could be argued that Selena perfected the fashion with her sequin designs.

      Bustiers and curves never looked so good together.

    • She Was A Latina Child Star
    • Selena’s talent was apparent at a very young age. The Tejano Queen became the lead singer of her family’s band, Selena Y Los Dinos, around age 9 and never looked back.

      With her brother on bass guitar and her sister on drums, the band started out playing at weddings, clubs and their father’s restaurant in Texas.

      The group was managed and produced by their father Abraham and quickly became popular locally. When Selena went solo her act dropped “Y Los Dinos” though her brother and sister continued to be a part of her band.

    • She Was A Dominating Force In Tejano Music As A Teen

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