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Selena Quintanilla-Pérez (April 16, 1971 – March 31, 1995) was an American singer, songwriter, spokesperson, businesswoman, model, actress, and fashion designer. Referred to as the "Queen of Tejano music", her contributions to music and fashion made her one of the most celebrated Mexican-American entertainers of the late 20th century. Billboard magazine named her the top-selling Latin artist of the 1990s decade, while her posthumous collaboration with MAC cosmetics became the best-selling celebrity collection in cosmetics history. Media outlets called her the "Tejano Madonna" for her clothing choices. She also ranks among the most influential Latin artists of all time and is credited for catapulting a music genre into the mainstream market.

The youngest child of the Quintanilla family, she debuted on the music scene as a member of the band Selena y Los Dinos, which also included her elder siblings A.B. Quintanilla and Suzette Quintanilla. In the 1980s, she was often criticized and was refused bookings at venues across Texas for performing Tejano music—a male-dominated music genre. However, her popularity grew after she won the Tejano Music Award for Female Vocalist of The Year in 1987, which she won nine consecutive times. She signed with EMI Latin in 1989 and released her self-titled debut album the same year, while her brother became her principal music producer and songwriter.

Selena released Entre a Mi Mundo (1992), which peaked at number one on the US Billboard Regional Mexican Albums chart for eight consecutive months. The album's commercial success led music critics to call it the "breakthrough" recording of her musical career. One of its singles, "Como la Flor", became one of her most popular signature songs. Live! (1993) won Best Mexican/American Album at the 1994 Grammy Awards, becoming the first recording by a female Tejano artist to do so. In 1994, she released Amor Prohibido, which became one of the best-selling Latin albums in the United States. It was critically acclaimed as being responsible for Tejano music's first marketable era as it became one of the most popular Latin music subgenres at the time.

Selena was shot and killed on March 31, 1995, by Yolanda Saldívar, her friend and the former manager of her Selena Etc. boutiques. Saldívar was cornered by police when she attempted to flee and threatened to kill herself but was convinced to give herself up. She was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison with possible parole after 30 years. Two weeks later, George W. Bush, governor of Texas at the time, declared April 16 as Selena Day in Texas. Her posthumous crossover album, Dreaming of You (1995), debuted atop the Billboard 200, making Selena the first Latin artist to accomplish this feat. In 1997, Warner Bros. released Selena, a film about her life and career, which starred a then-unknown Jennifer Lopez as Selena, catapulting her into fame. In 2020, Netflix released Selena: The Series starring Christian Serratos. Selena has sold around 30 million records worldwide, making her one of the best-selling female artists in Latin music.

Quote: Anywhere in the world you go, you find racism, discrimination. Not just in the United States, or in Texas. It's very sad for me, but that's the way it is. I can't change the world by myself. I, being Hispanic, have also faced discrimination. But … the world keeps turning. by author Selena overlaid on photo of Selena quote; white text on black background

Anywhere in the world you go, you find racism, discrimination. Not just in the United States, or in Texas. It's very sad for me, but that's the way it is. I can't change the world by myself. I, being Hispanic, have also faced discrimination. But … the world keeps turning.


Quote: You have to take what you could get when you're getting started. by author Selena overlaid on photo of photo of author Selena with quote

You have to take what you could get when you're getting started.


Quote: Since I was small, when I was in school, I was a business girl. I would buy things to sell, gums for three cents, things like that. by author Selena overlaid on photo of photo of author Selena with quote

Since I was small, when I was in school, I was a business girl. I would buy things to sell, gums for three cents, things like that.


Quote: I can't count how many pairs of Converse shoes I own. by author Selena overlaid on photo of photo of author Selena with quote

I can't count how many pairs of Converse shoes I own.


Quote: That one time I had ma Latina texture going on.. Or just.. everyday. by author Selena overlaid on photo of photo of author Selena with quote

That one time I had ma Latina texture going on.. Or just.. everyday.


Quote: Now's the time to take a chance, come on we've gotta make a stand. What do we have to lose the choice is in our hands. by author Selena overlaid on photo of photo of author Selena with quote

Now's the time to take a chance, come on we've gotta make a stand. What do we have to lose the choice is in our hands.


Quote: The reason I'm really appreciative of everything that's going on around me is because of the fact that I never expected it, and I want to keep that attitude. by author Selena overlaid on photo of photo of author Selena with quote

The reason I'm really appreciative of everything that's going on around me is because of the fact that I never expected it, and I want to keep that attitude.


Quote: All this is a dream to me. Everything, the applause, the fans asking for autographs, the trips, all that is a dream. by author Selena overlaid on photo of photo of author Selena with quote

All this is a dream to me. Everything, the applause, the fans asking for autographs, the trips, all that is a dream.


Quote: It's overwhelming ... to know there are hundreds of kids out there that look up to me. I know that's a big responsibility. I am also very confident to say that it is wonderful and I'll do my best that I can do to be the best role model I can be. by author Selena overlaid on photo of photo of author Selena with quote

It's overwhelming ... to know there are hundreds of kids out there that look up to me. I know that's a big responsibility. I am also very confident to say that it is wonderful and I'll do my best that I can do to be the best role model I can be.


Quote: What I don't like are arrogant people. We're all equal. I don't like it when a person assumes to be better. by author Selena overlaid on photo of photo of author Selena with quote

What I don't like are arrogant people. We're all equal. I don't like it when a person assumes to be better.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

What I don't like are arrogant people. We're all equal. I don't like it when a person assumes to be better. It angers me a little. There are a lot of people like that, but the world keeps turning. I also don't like lies. I'm very honest. I'm always going to tell the truth. I don't lie. I treat my friends the way I want to be treated.


Quote: What I do on stage, you won't catch me doing off stage. I mean, I think deep down I'm still kind of, like, timid and modest about a lot of things. But on stage, I release all that; I let it

 go. by author Selena overlaid on photo of photo of author Selena with quote

What I do on stage, you won't catch me doing off stage. I mean, I think deep down I'm still kind of, like, timid and modest about a lot of things. But on stage, I release all that; I let it

go.




Quote: I'm kind of lame. I prefer quiet evenings at home, hanging out with my family. by author Selena overlaid on photo of photo of author Selena with quote

I'm kind of lame. I prefer quiet evenings at home, hanging out with my family.


Quote: I get so mad about ex-boyfriends, but if a boy hurts me, I don't write a song about it. They don't deserve it! by author Selena overlaid on photo of photo of author Selena with quote

I get so mad about ex-boyfriends, but if a boy hurts me, I don't write a song about it. They don't deserve it!


Quote: I think love is blind. You don't see it, you don't hear what people are saying, or what you're saying. You don't see what you're doing. All you see is the person in front of you. That's it. by author Selena overlaid on photo of photo of author Selena with quote

I think love is blind. You don't see it, you don't hear what people are saying, or what you're saying. You don't see what you're doing. All you see is the person in front of you. That's it.


Quote: Most of my songs are about love, I am a 16 year old teenager and I sing about what is on every girls mind. Love. by author Selena overlaid on photo of photo of author Selena with quote

Most of my songs are about love, I am a 16 year old teenager and I sing about what is on every girls mind. Love.


Quote: I love acting, and that's my passion. So I would love to do more movies and some serious things. by author Selena overlaid on photo of photo of author Selena with quote

I love acting, and that's my passion. So I would love to do more movies and some serious things.


Quote: With a positive attitude, you can be anything you want to be. by author Selena overlaid on photo of photo of author Selena with quote

With a positive attitude, you can be anything you want to be.


Quote: So a part of you is broken when that's gone. And part of you wants to have that rebellious feeling where you're just like, forget it -- I can do anything I want. I've tried it, and I've never been that girl. I'm always going to be the girl you want to take home to your parents, not for the night. by author Selena overlaid on photo of Selena quote: So a part of you is broken when that's gone. And part of you wants to have that rebellious feeling where you're just like, forget it -- I can do anything I want. I've tried it, and I've never been that girl. I'm always going to be the girl you want to take home to your parents, not for the night.- black text on quotes background

So a part of you is broken when that's gone. And part of you wants to have that rebellious feeling where you're just like, forget it -- I can do anything I want. I've tried it, and I've never been that girl. I'm always going to be the girl you want to take home to your parents, not for the night.


Quote: I love Friends, so I try to bring Jennifer Aniston's mannerisms to my show. by author Selena overlaid on photo of photo of author Selena with quote

I love Friends, so I try to bring Jennifer Aniston's mannerisms to my show.


Quote: Who says, who says you're not perfect? Who says you're not worth it? Who says you're the only one that's hurting? Trust me, that's the price of beauty, who says you're not pretty? Who says you're not beautiful?... Who says? by author Selena overlaid on photo of photo of author Selena with quote

Who says, who says you're not perfect? Who says you're not worth it? Who says you're the only one that's hurting? Trust me, that's the price of beauty, who says you're not pretty? Who says you're not beautiful?... Who says?


Quote: I feel very proud to be Mexican. I didn't have the opportunity to learn Spanish when I was a girl, but ... it's never too late to get in touch with your roots. by author Selena overlaid on photo of photo of author Selena with quote

I feel very proud to be Mexican. I didn't have the opportunity to learn Spanish when I was a girl, but ... it's never too late to get in touch with your roots.


Quote: He knew. I could see it in his face. Look, if someone gets infected you've got between ten and twenty seconds to kill them. It might be your brother or your sister or your oldest friend. It makes no difference. And just so you know where you stand -- if it happens to you, I'll do it in a heartbeat. by author Selena overlaid on photo of Selena quote: He knew. I could see it in his face. Look, if someone gets infected you've got between ten and twenty seconds to kill them. It might be your brother or your sister or your oldest friend. It makes no difference. And just so you know where you stand -- if it happens to you, I'll do it in a heartbeat.- black text on quotes background

He knew. I could see it in his face. Look, if someone gets infected you've got between ten and twenty seconds to kill them. It might be your brother or your sister or your oldest friend. It makes no difference. And just so you know where you stand -- if it happens to you, I'll do it in a heartbeat.


Quote: Be strong minded, and always believe that the impossible is possible. by author Selena overlaid on photo of photo of author Selena with quote

Be strong minded, and always believe that the impossible is possible.


Quote: It's important to always say thank you to your BFF. by author Selena overlaid on photo of photo of author Selena with quote

It's important to always say thank you to your BFF.


Quote: When I am singing, I believe that if I respect the public, then they will respect me, and I know it. It's noticeable. by author Selena overlaid on photo of photo of author Selena with quote

When I am singing, I believe that if I respect the public, then they will respect me, and I know it. It's noticeable.


Quote: When a child does bad things, the parents are always going to love their child even if they do something bad. by author Selena overlaid on photo of photo of author Selena with quote

When a child does bad things, the parents are always going to love their child even if they do something bad.


Quote: If you try to come off as this big-time star with an attitude, people don't like that. by author Selena overlaid on photo of photo of author Selena with quote

If you try to come off as this big-time star with an attitude, people don't like that.


Quote: Music is not a very stable business. It comes and it goes, and so does money, but your education stays with you for the rest of your life. When you have that education, and you have nothing to fall back on, you can get a get a job anywhere. by author Selena overlaid on photo of photo of author Selena with quote

Music is not a very stable business. It comes and it goes, and so does money, but your education stays with you for the rest of your life. When you have that education, and you have nothing to fall back on, you can get a get a job anywhere.


Quote: What's really cool about our family is that we don't hold grudges, and I think that is what's been the key to the success. We get into our little disagreements, and whether we're right or wrong, we'll go and apologize. That's just the way we are. by author Selena overlaid on photo of photo of author Selena with quote

What's really cool about our family is that we don't hold grudges, and I think that is what's been the key to the success. We get into our little disagreements, and whether we're right or wrong, we'll go and apologize. That's just the way we are.


Quote: When I'm singing, I'm another person. I can be really free, in the sense that I can do whatever I want. by author Selena overlaid on photo of photo of author Selena with quote

When I'm singing, I'm another person. I can be really free, in the sense that I can do whatever I want.


Quote: If you have a dream, don't let anybody take it away, and always believe that the impossible is possible. by author Selena overlaid on photo of photo of author Selena with quote

If you have a dream, don't let anybody take it away, and always believe that the impossible is possible.


Quote: When love hits you, it hits you and you don't expect it. by author Selena overlaid on photo of photo of author Selena with quote

When love hits you, it hits you and you don't expect it.


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