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These Selena Quintanilla Quotes Are Perfect For Your #MotivationMonday

There’s nobody else in history like Selena, and that’s because she made history. She broke past gender norms and essentially took her rightful throne as Queen of Tejano music, an otherwise male-dominated genre. The only records she was ever competing against were her own. Her last live televised concert broke all records (which was her own record the year before) with a sold-out Houston Astrodome 24 years ago this February.

While her life was violently ended much too soon, she had accomplished lifetimes of achievement by the time of her death at just 23 years old. Why? Her positive mental thinking and gratitude. Keep Selena’s spirit alive and rise up, mija. These quotes are going to get you going.

“I feel very proud to be Mexican.”

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She told Los Gruperos, “I feel very proud to be Mexican. I didn’t have the opportunity to learn Spanish when I was a girl, but … it’s never too late to get in touch with your roots.” Who knew?

“Tejano music was hard for us because I was a girl.”

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Her most iconic quote of all time is probably via Orale Primo:

“Tejano music was hard for us because I was a girl. My dad had a lot of problems while trying to set up shows for us or presentations because there are a lot of men who don’t think that women can get the attention of the public. But … wrong!”

“We got laughed at…”

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In a 1994 interview, Selena confessed that “we got laughed at. My father was told that we would never make it. It’s gradual, a growing process. It’s not like it came overnight.”

“When you get hard work you get success, and we put a lot of years into it.”

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In an interview with KZTV, Selena emphasized the importance of perseverance. Even when people laugh at you.

“If you have a dream, don’t let anybody take it away.”

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Selena only became so successful because she didn’t take people’s doubt seriously. She just went for it.

“All I need to do is try and do the best that I can do.”

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Y ya. That’s all we can do, and the rest, we can let go.

“Anybody can be a role model, anybody can.”

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In an interview given before her Grammy winning live performance in Corpus Christi 1993, Selena only had warm gratitude to share with her fans.

“I want to be remembered not only as an entertainer, but as a person who cared a lot.”

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“…and I gave the best that I could and I tried to be the best role model that I possibly could.” ???? ???? ????

“I’m very real, very sincere and honest, and that’s how I’ll always be.”

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Be true to yourself, mija, no matter whether life throws fame, poverty or fortune your way. These are the sacred words of Selena.

“The reason I’m really appreciative of everything that’s going on around me is because of the fact that I never expected it, and I want to keep that attitude.

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In an interview with MTV, Selena shared how she holds onto gratitude. Turns out it’s an attitude of gratitude.

“Music is not a very stable business. You know it comes and it goes, and so does money. But your education stays with you for the rest of your life.”

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Stay in school, kids! Selena wouldn’t have gotten where she was without her education, and curiosity to get rooted in her culture.

“You shouldn’t care for somebody just because of the materialistic things that they have, and I’m a firm believer in that.”

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Like La Reina says, money comes and goes. You want someone that you’ll want in every season of life.

“What I don’t like are arrogant people. We’re all equal. I don’t like it when a person assumes to be better.”

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We bet Selena got a lot of that in every world she found herself in. She was criticized by Latin media for not speaking Spanish fluently, and misunderstood by the Anglo world she lived in.

“Always believe that the impossible is always possible.”

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Say that three times fast. Now say it in Spanish. K, now Selena is within you.

“We never thought we’d get this far, but we’re here.”

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The band used to be stoked about getting a four hour gig that paid $100. They made it, fam.

“We went through a hard time, and we had to turn to music as a means to putting food on the table.”

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“We went through a hard time, and we had to turn to music as a means to putting food on the table. And we’ve been doing it ever since. No regrets either.”

“You have to take what you could get when you’re getting started.”

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If you expect to do something perfect the first time, then where do you go from there? Nobody starts out with everything, except for the Drumpfs.

“I don’t feel pressure because I’m not trying to portray something that I’m not.”

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“… I’m just being myself. All these things that we’re doing and any jobs that we take, it’s because it’s what we believe in.”

“A lot of people may think it’s difficult to work with family, it’s not.”

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“If you have the same love, the same interests, and the same respect for each other, things work out great.” You get to work with you fam? Right on!

“You wish for things to happen when you’re not doing as well…”

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“… and when it comes around, it’s like you wanna slow down. But you have to stop and think [about] where you came from, you appreciate it even more. It’s better to be working than not working at all.”

Hear that? So when you’re feeling bummed about being at work on a Monday, be grateful to be at work on a Monday instead.

 

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20 Forgotten Photos Showing Selena With Today’s Biggest Celebrities

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20 Forgotten Photos Showing Selena With Today’s Biggest Celebrities

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During her short life, Selena Quintanilla accomplished more than most manage to do in a lifetime. She conducted hundreds of tours, made performances on TV and movies, and often alongside some of the biggest names in music and entertainment.

Here’s a look at 20 famous stars who met Selena including Garth Brooks and Marlon Brando.

1. Selena and Ricky Martin

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Selena and Ricky Martin presented together at the Premios Lo Nuestro in 1992. In the years since her death, Martin went on to win two Billboard Music Awards in 1993 and 1999, and has even appeared in a few movies and television shows.

2. Selena and Gloria Estefan

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During her life as a performer, the queen of Tejano music expressed her love and admiration for Cuban singer Gloria Estefan. On the same night in that Selena presented with Ricki Martin in 1992, the singer got to meet the former Miami Sound Machine lead. In 2005, Estefan covered Selena’s “I Could Fall In Love” for a tribute. 

3. Selena and Mario Lopez

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In a Twitter post to his account, the former “Saved By The Bell” actor shared a sweet picture of him with Selena writing “#TBT Early 90’s with Selena Quintanilla at a Tejano event. She looked beautiful & I wore a red coat & a hideous tie.”

4. Selena and Lorena Herrera

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The Tejano singer posed next to the Mexican singer and actress after another performance. Herrera has spent most of her career acting in telenovelas and singing. During the 90s, around the time that this photo was taken, the singer was starring on shows like “Dos Mujeres, Un Camino” and “El Premio Mayor.” 

5. Selena and Garth Brooks

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The Tejano singer had been a huge fan of country singer Garth Brooks. In 1990 the rising star, took a photo with the singer.

6. Selena & Freddy Fender

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Selena took a photo alongside Mexican-American Tejano country legend Freddy Fender back in the 90s.

7. Selena with Rick Nelson & Freddy Fender

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Selena sang alongside one of her biggest Tejano heroes and the American rock and roll star Rick Nelson. 

8. Selena & Daisy Fuentes

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Cuban American television host and comedian took a photo with Selena back in the late 90s during the height of their careers.

9. Selena and Marlon Brando

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Back in 1994, Selena Quintanilla graced the screen in a cameo appearance in “Don Juan DeMarco.” The film starred Marlon Brando who she is pictured with above as well as Johnny Depp and Faye Dunaway.

10. Selena and Ramiro Delgado

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In 1994, Selena made an appearance on the popular telenovela ‘Dos Mujeres, Un Camino.” For two episodes the Mexican-American shared the scene with Ramiro Delgado, Gaby Platas and Lupe Esparza.

11. Selena, Tweety and Bugsbunny

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During a Univision party in Las Vegas, back in 1992, Selena took photos with Tweety and Bugs Bunny. 

12. Selena and Minnie Mouse

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Selena took photos with Minnie Mouse and Donald Duck after a 1992 performance at Disneyland in 1992. Of course, for her big moment she wore her famous jeweled bustier.

13. Selena and Bonnie Brait

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Selena had a long list of celebrities she admired and the legendary definitely Bonnie Raitt topped it. At the 1995 Grammys just weeks before Selena’s death, the Tejano queen got to meet her musical favorite and take this photo.

14. Vicente Fernández

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Quintanilla had long been a fan of the legend, Vicente Fernández when she first took a photo with the Mexican singer and actor back in the 90s. No doubt, by her smile, her moment to shine next to El Rey de la Música Ranchera was a huge one.

15. Selena and El Buki

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These two gave us major hair goals back in the 90s when they posed for this photo.

16. Selena and Grupo Bronco

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Selena posed alongside Selena after performing together on the Televisa soap opera “Dos Mujeres, Un Camino.”

17. Selena and Barrio Boyzz

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In 1994, Selena joined forces with the America Latin pop quintet the Barrio Boyzz for the song “Donde Quiera Que Estés.” After recording the song, the Barrio Boyzz joined Selena on a mini tour throughout Mexico and Texas.

18. Selena and Veronica Castro

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During a visit to Monterrey in 1992, Quintanilla did an interview with Verónica Castro.

19. Selena and Cristina Saralegui

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Latinx who think Latinos who don’t speak Spanish better take a moment and learn. Selena struggled to learn Spanish for years until she became an international and decided to learn the language completely. During an interview on Cristina’s show Selena spoke in Spanish and charmed her fans.

20. Selena and Esai Morales

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Years after he played Bob Morales in the 1987 biopic “La Bamba” and years before he went onto act in NYPD Blue, Esai Morales was posing next to Selena Quintanilla as a fan.


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Mac Cosmetics Released A Second Selena Collection And I Have To Say They Redeemed Themselves

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Mac Cosmetics Released A Second Selena Collection And I Have To Say They Redeemed Themselves

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After much anticipation, MAC Cosmetics has officially launched its second collection inspired Selena Quintanilla. Celebrating the Tejano music legends 25-year legacy, the aptly named Selena La Reina celebrates the legend’s signature ’90s beauty style.

The limited-edition line features 15 pieces.

That’s four lipstick shades, three lipgloss shades, two lip pencils, three shades of Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour and Extra Dimension Skinfinish, and a Mi Siento…Muy Excited X8 Eye Shadow Palette. Topped off with a Selena Makeup Bag the prices range from $19 to $37 it’s clearly a package deal!

In a recent post to their Instagram page, MAC Cosmetics celebrated the launch with an endearing message.

“Selena still captivates us all. Celebrate 25 years of Selena’s legacy with an all-new collection honouring her iconic life and signature style. La Reina lives on ✨. Available online now in select markets.”

Quintanilla’s beloved sister Suzette Quintanilla Arriaga shared her excitement over the new launch in a press release stating, “This collection is so special to me because it celebrates Selena’s 25-year legacy and I wanted the packaging to be fun and memorable! The true inspiration behind the packaging is Selena’s ICONIC rhinestone bra and really led to the holographic feel for the rest of the collection so it pulled everything together!” 

The new line includes a Selena La Reina Makeup Bag.

MAC Selena La Reina Makeup Bag

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Inspired by Selena’s legendary bustier top – $35


Selena La Reina Extra Dimension Skinfinish in La Leyenda

MAC Selena La Reina Extra Dimension Skinfinish in La Leyenda

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Gold pearlescent highlighter for your cheeks, eyes and nose-  $37

Selena La Reina Eye Shadow X 8: Me Siento…Muy Excited

MAC Selena La Reina Eye Shadow X 8 Me Siento Muy Excited

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An 8-pan eyeshadow palette for every day and full party lewks. – $35


Selena La Reina Lipstick

MAC Selena La Reina Lipstick in Queen of Cumbia

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Selena’s signature deep red lip comes through with this baby. – $20


Selena La Reina Lipglass in Bidi Bidi Bom Bom

MAC Selena La Reina Lipglass in Bidi Bidi Bom Bom

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A shimmery lip gloss to show off that beam. – $18.50


Selena La Reina Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour in Big Bertha

MAC Selena La Reina Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour

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Look like a 90s beauty icon in this matt finish. – $23

Be sure to shop the new MAC Selena La Reina collection before it sells out on MAC’s online store.