Remembering An Icon: Selena

No matter what type of music you listen to you know who Selena is, and you even know the words to more than one of her songs. Arguably the best Latin Superstar from the 1990s. Selena gave us fashion, glamour, beauty, vocals, and sunshine. She got her start as Selena y Los Dinos making Tejano music. As the band's popularity grew people were attracted to Selena’s creative outfits, beauty, and strong voice.

In 1989 she released her self-titled solo album, Mis Primeras Grabaciones. The album was successful making the charts and earning her the opportunity to be a spokesperson for Coca Cola. From 1990 to 1992 she released two more successful albums that shot her to superstar status. She took the Tejano Music Awards by storm with iconic songs like “Como La Flor”.

Selena was also a Fashion icon and in 1994 she released her clothing line “Selena, Inc.” full of glamorous designs that brought her astounding style to everyday women. She also released her most successful album that year, going platinum in the US and gold in Mexico.

Selena was known for selling out arena size shows and giving them all that she had. Her costumes, band, and live vocals set her apart from other Latin artists at the time. Her last album, Selena Live,  catered to her fan base in 1993.  After the release, she started recording her first English album with the hopes of crossing over.

She was the biggest Tejano music star, decorated in awards including a Grammy, and she was loved internationally. She had one of the biggest fan clubs at the time ran by trusted associate Yolanda Saldivar. Saldivar was questioned about missing money and in return, she shot Selena killing her.

Selena’s family, friends, and fans were devastated. She was only 23 when she died and had so much more to give the world. She already attained massive success. After her death a bio-pic on her life starring Jennifer Lopez was released and so were the English songs she recorded. There are murals, statues, tons of Halloween costumes, and quinceaneras in her memory. Selena was able to achieve more things in a few years than most artists do in a lifetime. Her legacy will forever live on.

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