On the twenty-fifth anniversary of her death, Selena Quintanilla still shines as fans remember the singer fondly. Her death was felt deeply through the Hispanic community, which then rippled to the rest of the world. The “Queen of Tejano music” was tragically killed by her fan club president. But Selena’s music and her story continue to impact new generations keeping her light shining bright.
Selena’s role has been iconic for many reasons. Her talent and charming personality made her easy to love by all. She has inspired current artists like Kacey Musgraves who sang “Como La Flor” at one of her concerts and Selena Gomez who was named after Quintanilla. Her wardrobe is just as popular with many iconic outfits like the popular purple jumpsuit she wore at her last performance at the Astrodome.
But Selena also represented Mexican Americans who lived with two cultures that they had to fully embrace. Singing in both Spanish and English, she was able to reach more people. Selena was a woman who reached the big time showing people that no matter their background, their dreams could come true.
With songs like “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom,” “Baila Esta Cumbia,” and “Amor Prohibido,” many of her songs are still played to this day by fans who remember her and fans who just discovered her. Her first posthumous album “Dreaming of You” was the first album by a Latin artist to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.
Selena is remembered in pop culture. The 1997 movie, “Selena,” with Jennifer Lopez allowed more people to discover her after she passed. Netflix will be releasing a new series on Selena and Mac Cosmetics will be releasing a collection for the singer featuring her iconic red lipstick.
Selena is one of the greatest Latino icons and her legacy will continue to live on.