By: Mundo.com - 7 July 2017, 10:24
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Selena Quintanilla-Pérez was an American singer, songwriter, spokesperson, model, actress, and fashion designer. Called 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. On March 31, 1995, Selena was shot dead by Yolanda Saldívar, her friend and former employee of her Selena Etc. boutiques.
We all remember her and she has a special place in our hearts, making us feel nostalgic each time we see any of her pictures. Here are 20 picture you’ve probably never seen before, so take a look at them!
She didn't like being called sexy
Selena once turned down a movie project with a leading role, since she had to do a few steamy scenes. Her provocative way of dressing was her limit of being sexy, which was definitely against her style.
She was known for her eccentric style and unusual look.
She was always fashionably inclined and even as a child dreamt of designing her clothes and jewellery. Later she opened her own boutique and designed every outfit that she wore onstage.
“I don’t do any crazy diets, Not my style.”
She never took any drastic dieting technique to look perfect. She had said, “I don’t do any crazy diets. I take vitamins and eat three times a day. I eat anything, and I’m not preoccupied with my figure. The most important is that the people accept me for my music, not for physical appearances. And honestly, I won’t lie, sometimes I watch myself, because Hispanic women sometimes put on weight around the hips. I also don’t exercise. I can’t imagine exercising for two hours. Not my style.”
In 1989 she finished high school through the American School, a correspondence school for artists, and enrolled at Pacific Western University in business administration correspondence courses.
Coca Cola Contract
Selena was 17 years old when she signed a one-year contract with Coca-Cola for $75,000. She became known for a range of English and Spanish language adverts throughout the country.
She secretly married Chris
Christopher Gilbert "Chris" Pérez is an American guitarist, songwriter and author best known as lead guitarist for the Tejano band Selena y Los Dinos. He married the frontwoman of the group, Selena, on April 2, 1992.
Selena Won a Grammy in 1994
In 1987 at the Tejano Music Awards, Selena won both Best Female Vocalist of the Year and Performer of the Year. Her 1990 album, Ven Conmigo, was the first Tejano record to achieve gold record status, selling more than 500,000 copies. She won the Grammy Award (for best Mexican-American album) in 1994 for her album Live. In the same year, Amor Prohibido went gold.
She was the first woman to win a Grammy
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 Tejano artist to do so.
Selena Had Two Famous Nicknames
Selena was known as the Queen of Tejano, after the genre of music that she sang. This nickname is testament to the fact that she was the main performer of this genre at the time, and really widened its appeal, taking it into the mainstream music industry. She was also called the Mexican Madonna by much of the media.
Selena Was From a Humble Background
During Selena’s childhood, the Quintanilla family often struggled financially and tried to hide this fact from others. Selena’s father, Abraham, would go to the grocery store late at night in order to avoid people he knew, so no one would know that the family were living on food stamps. This period of poverty did not last once Selena became famous.
Selena’s Final Album Was the Faster Selling by a Female Singer in Pop History
Dreaming of You became the fastest-selling album by a female artist in pop history. The album sold more than 400,000 copies in its first week and reached No. 1 in the charts. Selena’s death undoubtedly was a factor in the rush to buy this record, but her considerable album sales before this, as well as the awards she received, show that she was revered as a singer and performer and had a significant impact on pop culture.
Film debut as a mariachi singer
She made her film debut as a mariachi singer in Don Juan DeMarco (1995), which starred Marlon Brando and Johnny Depp.
Selena wanted to have a big family
One of Selena's dreams was to have her own farm. Towards the end of her life she and Chris had purchased 10 acres of land just outside of Corpus Christi, on which they planned to build a farm, raise horses, and build their own house with many children.
Selena's final performance
Selena's final performance was on March 19, 1995 in Chicago. The Houston Astrodome Concert, February 26, 1995. It was her last televised concert.
The microphone still has her lipstick stain
Selena's favorite lip color was the now discontinued "Brick" from Chanel.
While touring she alaways ate her favorite food
Selena's favorite restaurants were Pizza Hut and The Olive Garden. Her favorite food was pizza. She loved to brag that she could polish off a whole medium pizza by herself.
Was Selena Quintanilla pregnant when she died?
Her husband, Chris Perez, once said that day before her murder, Selena met with her mother to eat dinner and told everybody she was pregnant, but nobody knows for sure.
Jennifer Lopez owes her fame to Selena
Jennifer Lopez became the highest paid Latina in Hollywood history by playing Selena, earning a then-unheard of, $1,000,000. Jennifer now earns 9 to 10 times that much.
There is a museum in Texas dedicated to the singer
The museum was built by the Quintanilla family in 1998 in response to the thousands of letters mailed to them by fans expressing their desire to have Selena's memory shared with the public. The Quintanilla family offers the museum as a memorial to the achievements and life of their beloved daughter.
Selena's Day, April 16
Shortly after Selena’s death, George W. Bush, who was Governor of Texas at the time, announced that April 16, the singer’s birthday, should be Selena Day. Celebrations take place annually in commemoration of her birthday.