Remembering Selena, a Latin Music Legend and Style Icon

Remembering Selena, a Latin Music Legend and Style Icon

Celebrate the late icon's life with her most memorable looks.

Celebrate the late icon's life with her most memorable looks.

Text: Jacob Seferian

In 1995, Selena Quintanilla had already conquered the world of Latin music, and was posed to make her crossover into the English-language market when she was shot and killed by a family friend, Yolanda Saldívar, who was embezzling money from the star. Selena was 23 years old.

Born and raised in Texas, the Mexican-American singer rose to prominence in the early '90s with her signature mix of pop and traditional Tejano music. In just four years, she became one of the most popular figures in Latin music, enjoying commercial success on either side of the Rio Grande, and earning a Grammy Award along the way.

Following her murder, her album Dreaming of You was released posthumously, and became the first majority Spanish-language album to debut at number one on the Billboard 200. This also made Selena the first Latin artist in history to ever debut atop the American music chart.

In addition to breaking down barriers in the male-dominated Tejano genre, her success bore symbolic weight: proving that a girl who grew up in the South singing Donna Summer could simultaneously embrace her Mexican heritage and turn cultural tension into beautiful music. A success that paved the way for future generations of Latin artists such as Selena Gomez (who was named after the superstar), and perhaps most directly, Jennifer Lopez, who was only a little-known actress when she portrayed the late singer in the 1997 biopic Selena

Today we celebrate the gone-too-soon icon by remembering her signature style:

Credits: Photos courtesy of Instagram account @queenquintanilla.

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