9 Life Lessons We Learned from Selena

Selena Quintanilla Perez

“If you have a dream, don’t let anybody take it away. And you always believe that the impossible is always possible.” – Selena

We learned a lot from Selena Quintanilla in her time on this earth. Discover some of the things we, her fans, took away from the short, spectacular life of the Queen of Tejano.

1. You can overcome almost anything with ambition and a smile

Like so many of us, Selena might not have spoken perfect Spanish (at first). But she didn’t let that keep her from charming people on both sides of the border.

2. When in doubt, wear red lipstick.

Sexy, powerful and unforgettable, Selena’s signature red pout is one we want to recreate forever.

3. How to do the washing machine

This dance floor move works to this day. Ask anyone.

4. Always go after a new dream.

Selena had already dominated the Tejano music industry when she set her sights on launching a fashion line and opening boutiques. She didn’t rest on her success – she went after more.

5. Be proud of your curves

Remember the 90s? It was the era of Kate Moss, heroin-chic and grunge. Pale and thin were in. Selena helped a generation of Latina girls who would never be waifs to embrace their curves.

6. Stay humble

Even at the height of her fame, it was well known that Selena was never too proud to laugh at herself.

7. Never be afraid to change the game

Even though real Tejanos listened to all kinds of music, Tejano music was a Spanish language genre. Ever the game changer, Selena’s later shows incorporated music she loved – like pop and disco — and put her own twist on it.

8. Legends never go out of style

Just ask Drake.

9. A life with impact is remembered forever

Films, murals, cover bands, Halloween costumes, and YouTube tributes, fans find a way to commemorate the Reina de Tejano.

Lead image by Hellboy 93 via Creative Commons. Cover image by That Other Paper via Creative Commons. 

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