Selena is and will always be La Reina in our hearts. We literally can’t think of a time when she wasn’t a major part of our lives. From our childhoods to our college days and right into adulthood, Selena has been a moment of pride in the Latino community. So, it just makes sense that we would throw Selena-themed birthday parties for our kids. That’s exactly what Lily Martinez, aka @lilylove213, did for her daughter, @selibeliloves.
Lily Martinez gave her daughter the birthday party of a lifetime.
Martinez told mitúthat her daughter’s favorite song is “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom” by the timeless Selena. Martinez was able to take that fact and turned it into an entire party. Honestly, why couldn’t our parents think of the same kind of party for us? Who wouldn’t love a Selena-themed party?
First of all, the backdrop for the cakes was everything.
Who doesn’t want to be surrounded by metallic fringe in their special day? It just really adds that pizzazz factor that every party needs in order to really make it top notch. Bravo.
Obviously, Selena’s favorite flowers made their appearance in the cake.
Roses are always a good idea, tbh. But to put them in a cake to celebrate the one and only Selena is something magical. Clearly, La Reina would have been muy excited to see this cake.
Martinez says she and her daughter sat down and created the “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom” sign together. They got some letters from the craft store, painted them then added glitter and created an iconic cake topper.
What’s for lunch? Pizzas, of course.
You can’t throw a Selena party and not use her favorite food. Not having pizzas would be a crime against La Reina and her devoted fans. Gotta represent in the most authentic way.
Oh. @selibelilove definitely had some outfit changes because, duh.
Little girl slayed all of her looks. Now, we all remember how embarrassing and frustrating it was when mom took thousands of photos of us at out birthday parties. However, who doesn’t want their own Selena photoshoot?
She was an icon in Selena’s “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom” outfit.
That’s how to nail a look. It isn’t all about the clothes. It is clear that this little fashionista is ready to serve looks no matter where she is.
And, of course, no Selena party is complete without a purple jumpsuit.
Sure. It isn’t part of the “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom” music video but the look is the look. Everyone knows that this is the most iconic look to ever be associated with Selena.
Mommy was even dressed up for the party in her own Selena t-shirt.
Talk about an adorable mom and daughter duo. Mom supporting her daughter’s love of all things Selena. Daughter letting moment take thousands of photos. Truly incredible.
Happy birthday, you little Selenita, you.
Keep on slaying and keep on serving those looks. Selena would be proud.
Long before shops the likes of Urban Outfitters and Forever 21 began to bank on her image to sell $54 shirts to non-Latinx hipsters, Selena Quintanilla-Pérez was an icon and legend for young Latinas living across the globe. Ask a Latina and no doubt she has some sort of connection the Tejano singer whether its coordinating sons to “Baila Esta Cumbia” with her primas or playing her VHS biopic on repeat until the tape ran thin. The queen of Latinx music will always be an influential personality in Latino culture in the United States. Her music and the tragic circumstances of her death made her a pop culture phenomenon that escaped the niche Hispanic market. After her death, Hollywood studios furiously vied for the rights to adapt her incredible rags-to-riches story to the big screen. Selena is a fundamental Latino icon even 23 years after her death in 1995, at the tender age of 23.
Next time someone asks you at a party why you tear up listening to the late great Selena, be sure to serve them with these facts:
1. She brought Tejano music to mainstream America and proved women are capable of anything.
Before Selena Mexican-American music was considered an eccentricity and was definitely not played in non-Hispanic clubs and radio stations. Speaking about the experience of being a Latinx signer, Selena once said “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!” No doubt the Texas-born singer changed these harsh attitude during her life and after her untimely death.
2. She valued family
Selena might have gained worldwide notoriety in her own right, but long before she was just Selena she had a career as part of the Quintanilla family group Selena y Los Dinos, where her two older siblings also made pompas shake. Like the rest of us, familia was always important to Selena and she never forgot her origins and the role that her family had in her success. Speaking about the struggles she was grateful for enduring with her family, Selena said “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.”
3. She was proud of her heritage
Singing in Spanish when you’re not fluent can be a pretty challenging act in itself if you want to break into the mainstream, and Selena was unapologetic about her efforts to do so. “I feel very proud to be Mexican,” Selena once said in an interview about her culture. “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.” Many singers and actors of Latino origin change their names for a more English-sounding or a more neutral one. But not our Selena. She didn’t look for a fancy name and good on her: Selena is such a powerful, defining name that shines on any billboard.
4. She knew that not all women are straight-sized and many have curves
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, they say, but it has long been dictated by mass media which has, in so many cases, severely distorted our perceptions of women’s bodies. Selena was proud of her curves. Eso mija, eres una fregona. “I’m very real, very sincere, and honest, and that’s how I’ll always be,” the star once said in an interview.
5. She had a unique style
Amidst the customary images and selling points of whitewashed media and the current political turmoils of today, it can be hard for a Latina to feel confident in her identity. Selena did so with aplomb. Her wardrobe choices were interesting and daring in equal measure, which is probably one of the reasons behind her success as a pop culture brand. She was criticized by more conservative audiences for “revealing too much”. We say al carajo con sus juicios. Still, the Tejano singer stayed strong her opinions about her self, saying once, “Always believe that the impossible is always possible.”
6. Because she showed that Latinas can be captains of their fate as well as the fiercest activists.
“What I don’t like are arrogant people. We’re all equal. I don’t like it when a person assumes to be better,” Quintanilla once stated in an interview. Her posthumous campaign with cosmetics giant MAC demonstrated that Latino women in particular and women of color, in general, could and should carry campaigns. She was beautiful and the world needed to see that.
7. She was active in her community “All I need to do is try and do the best that I can do”
As a minority, solidarity is key for the Latino community in the United States, particularly today. Selena embodied community values and never forgot her fellow Mexican-Americans. Certainly an example we should all follow. She grew up in Texas, where migratory patterns and backwards thinking about race make various segments of the Hispanic population feel vulnerable. Power to the people!
8. She urged children to stay en la escuela (don’t drop out, escuincles!)
“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.” Selena knew how important education is for minorities in the United States, and that hard work and academic development are the only way for the community to strive. She constantly visited schools and urged young chamacos not to drop out. Respect.
9. Because she was an independent self-made woman “If you have a dream, don’t let anybody take it away”
She was young but life taught her that all you have is yourself. We can’t believe she was just 23 when she died. Truly wise beyond her years.
It has been 25 years since Selena Quintanilla was killed by Yolanda Saldívar. Since then, Selena’s fandom has continued to grow as younger generations have discovered her music. In honor of the late singer, a tribute concert is happening on May 9 and here is the information we have so far.
Music is taking a moment to honor Selena with a 25th-year tribute concert.
SelenaXXV is happening at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. The concert is bringing together some of the biggest names in Latin music to give fans a night to remember centered around La Reina of Tejano music.
The concert is happening on Saturday, May 9 in San Antonio because texas is the only place to have this concert.
Selena’s place in Latin music history is undeniable. She was the first major Latina musician to start breaking down barriers for future Latino artists to rise in mainstream music. Her crossover songs brought our culture and experience to mainstream music audiences.
Here are a few of the artists you can expect to see at the SelenaXXV concert:
There’s no way you can have a tribute concert to a Latin music legend without Mr. Worldwide. The Cuban musician has spent his career bettering his community and giving Latino representation around the world. Who better to keep the hyped energy for the concert that Pitbull?
Los Tucanes de Tijuana
We are definitely feeling this norteño take on Selena’s classics. The band is wildly popular for their solid and incredible norteño sound and we can only imagine what they will prepare to honor Selena. Mexican legends giving praise to a Mexican-American legend is everything.
The Inglewood native already showed her respect and love for Selena during her last concert in Texas. The singer belted out a beautiful rendition of “Dreamin’ of You,” one of Selena’s most famous songs. It just seems like a natural choice to have Becky G back in San Antonio for more Selena tributes.
The former Fifth Harmony band member took the stage during the 2019 Miss Universe pageant to sing a medley of Selena’s songs. Fans of the pageant and of Selena were ecstatic that Selena was getting some recognition during one of the biggest pageants in the world.
You can find out all of the details and where to buy tickets to show here.