It’s all falling apart!
I’m erasing you, and I’m happy!
You did it to me first!
I can’t believe you did this to me.
(April 16, 1971- March 31, 1995)
Selena was murdered at the age of 23 on March 31, 1995 by Yolanda Saldívar, the former president of her fan club. On April 12, 1995, two weeks after her death, George W. Bush, governor of Texas at the time, declared her birthday “Selena Day” in Texas. Warner Bros. produced Selena, a film based on her life starring Jennifer Lopez, in 1997. Selena’s life was also the basis of the musical Selena Forever starring Veronica Vazquez as Selena. In June 2006 Selena was commemorated with a life-sized bronze statue (Mirador de la Flor) in Corpus Christi, Texas, and a Selena museum opened there. She has sold over 60 million albums worldwide, making her one of the best-selling artists of all time. She is also the only female artist to have five albums in U.S. Billboard 200 at the same time.
I somehow always sense when it’s that time of the year to remember my girl Selena. As a girl who identifies strongly with my Latina heritage, Selena was everything, she opened many doors for both Latina women in music and women of other ethnicities trying to burst through the doors of adversity during her time and paved the way for differences to be made in the future.
When people say that she was “taken too soon” I always agree with them but there are almost no words to describe how devastating it is that such a talented and bright artist was gone before she really reached her fullest potential.
Miss you Sel, keep dancing for us in heaven and I’ll make sure to play some of your music at my show reception in your honor :)