Selena Quintanilla, the 'Queen of Tejano,' was enshrined as a wax figure at Madame Tussauds New York this Friday.
“I thought this was awesome. What an honor and what a great way to have her here and to represent Latinos,” Suzette Quintanilla, Selena's sister, told NBC News adding that “they could have chosen anyone, the fact that they chose Selena, I think, it speaks volumes.”
"I'm extremely grateful...I'm very proud that Selena is still being loved, not only by Latinos, but all cultures," Quintanilla said.
NBC News reported that the bustier was chosen by Quintanilla for it was a common item used in Selena's wardrobe.
Madame Tussaud's hosted a 'Celebrate Selena' contest for fans to share their most memorable Selena moment. Participants who wrote the ten most creative posts were affordd early entrance to the museum to witness the unveiling of the new piece.
Natalie Ortiz, a contest winner, said that despite Selena' death occurring over two decades ago, her music and legacy continues to inspire young Latinas like herself.
“Selena helped me be more comfortable with being a Latina especially because my Spanish isn’t very good and hers wasn’t as well so she kind of validated my identity as a Latina,” said Ortiz.
Meanwhile, Anna Domingo, the general manager of the museum, expressed delight in being able to bring Selena to New York. "I think Selena represents a pure joy of life and completely positive vibes, which is what we feel,” Domingo said, adding that “It means the world for her fans and it means the world for our staff, especially with the collaboration of the Quintanilla family, who have been wonderful during the whole journey to create the figure.
Twenty-two years have passed since Selena was shot and killed in Corpus Christi, Texas by Yolanda Saldivar, the president of her fan club in San Antonio.
Her most powerful legacy was her successful struggle against a world dominated by men, which she expressed through Tejano music, singing about love from a woman's strong point of view.
She was just 23 years old, but successful enough to be considered the "Queen of Tejano music."