Selena was born to Mexican American parents on April 16th 1971 in Lake JacksonTexas. She was the youngest child of Abraham Quintanilla Jr. and Marcella Ofelia Samora. Selena started showing her interest in music at a very young age. When she was 6 , began singing in English and Spanish even though she didn’t know how to speak Spanish at the time. When Selena was nine, her father started a musical group. Selena Y Los Dino’s first performance was in 1980 at the Quintanilla family restaurant “Papa Gayos”.  It wasn’t an easy journey/ Selena struggle to achieve  from playing in family restaurants to winning Grammy for Best Mexican-American performance for her album Selena Live. Selena was an cultural icon Someone who was proud of her roots who worked hard and achieved her goals. She was a humble person very kind always had a smile, not only was she loved and admired for her music but she was someone who was proud of her roots who worked hard and achieved her goals. Everyone that knew her loved her for the person that she was. Her fans and followers viewed her as a positive, humble person who made a great impact her music and legacy still very present. Selena was murder at a very young age but her legacy still lives after years. For all Chicana’s Selena was a role model who young girls could look up to and relate to as well. She was the Queen of Tejano music she made it cool. Growing up I was a huge fan of Selena she was the girl everyone wanted to be. She made us Chicana’s feel proud of where we came from. Looking hispanic was actually HOT every girl wanted to look like Selena with the bangs red lips, hoop earring she made being a latina a cool thing, every girl had her cd and sang her songs.

Musical artists come and go, but Selena was and will always be Selena there hasn’t been or will be another one.

Alitt Marroquin

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Professor for Cal State Fullerton's Barrio Studies class for Fall 2011 semester

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