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This Little Girl Had A Selena-Themed Birthday Party Complete With Costume Changes And Roses

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.

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Martinez told mitú that 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Keep on slaying and keep on serving those looks. Selena would be proud.

READ: Here’s Why One Professor In San Diego Started A Course On Selena And Latino Media

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Lawmakers Want To Include ‘Selena’ In The National Film Registry

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Lawmakers Want To Include ‘Selena’ In The National Film Registry

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“Selena” is one of the most influential and impactful movies of our generation. We all remember watching Jennifer Lopez embody the Tejana queen of music. The 1997 biopic is a classic and there is finally talk of including it in the National Film Registry.

“Selena” is one of the most impactful movies of our childhoods.

The 1997 movie was something that we watched over and over when we were younger. We sang the songs and basically learned all of the lines of this movie. It is arguably one of the first times we saw our culture and one of our icons’ stories told for the masses.

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus is pushing for “Selena” to officially be recognized.

Movies are a crucial part of telling the full story of American life. The National Film Registry is a list of movies that are honored for their cultural impact. “Real Women Have Curves,” “West Side Story,” and “Zoot Suit” are all part of the National Film Registry. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, is the chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and wrote a letter asking for the consideration of “Selena.”

“As a next step, we also wish to formally nominate the 1997 film ‘Selena’ for inclusion in the National Film Registry in 2021,” reads the letter. “Directed by Gregory Nava and starring Jennifer Lopez and Edward James Olmos, the film depicts the life, remarkable rise, and tragic death of Tejana music star Selena Quintanilla.”

There is a lot of hope that the Library of Congress will make this happen.

Selena represents that first major and successful jumps from the Latino market to the mainstream that many of us can remember. We finally had someone who looked like us and understood our cultural struggles in a real way. Our story was being told and the film about the music icon was so important in guiding some of us through our own cultural struggles.

“The film also touches on important themes of cultural identity and assimilation faced by Mexican American communities as they navigate their personal connections to two cultures and languages,” the letter continues to explain. “The film has become a beloved icon of Latino culture and has found widespread mainstream success, proving once and for all that Latino stories are American stories.”

Selena is the kind of cultural phenomenon that comes once in a lifetime.

The singer was able to build an impressive legacy that has endured for longer than she was alive. We were raised with her music and told her story over and over to keep us all tuned in to the fact that we could do anything. If Selena could break into the mainstream audience, we could all be that successful.

“Given its importance as a work of Latino cinema, we believe it is deserving of preservation at the Library of Congress. We trust you will give ‘Selena’ careful consideration, and hope to see it included in the titles added to the National Film Registry in 2021,” Rep. Castro further explains in the letter. “We also expect to identify other films which feature the American Latino experience and urge you to devote careful consideration to Latino films when considering films for the registry as well.”

Here’s hoping that “Selena” gets the official recognition it clearly deserves.

We all have our fingers crossed that this movie will earn its place in the National Film Registry because it deserves that kind of praise.

READ: Part 2 Of “Selena: The Series” Has Already Finished Filming And Here’s Everything We Know About The Next Season

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Netflix’s ‘Selena: The Series’ Leads To Massive Increase In Spotify Streams Of La Reina’s Music

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Netflix’s ‘Selena: The Series’ Leads To Massive Increase In Spotify Streams Of La Reina’s Music

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Selena has been dead longer than she was alive, yet her legendary status is only strengthening. La Reina de Tejano Music continues to reign supreme and the latest Spotify Wrapped proves it. Streams of Selena’s music skyrocketed this year and we love to see it.

Selena’s music continues to spread around the world in 2020.

Selena’s music is timeless. Her heartfelt music, in English and Spanish, has transcended culture and race to speak to people around the world. Twenty-five years after her death, Selena fans are still going strong and passing that legacy down to the younger generations. The new Netflix series has reignited that love of Selena to incredibly high proportions.

Streams of Selena’s music on Spotify increased 260 percent.

That’s not a typo. People streamed Selena’s song 260 percent more than the month before because of the timelessness of this singing queen. The spike in Selena streams come after “Selena: The Series” was released on Netflix. The family-approved tv show received a lot of backlash from Selena fans because of the wigs and storyline. However, the show did bring music lovers back to her.

Fans are proud to have helped Selena break this record.

According to Spotify, three songs were the most loved by Selena fans. Two of the songs had the biggest growth in listeners. Those two songs are “Como La Flor” and “Amor Prohibido,” which saw 250 percent and 150 percent increases, respectively. “El Chico del Apartamento 512” joined in to be the three Selena songs to break into the top 200 Spotify songs.

Once again, Selena proves that she is more than a queen of Tex-Mex, she is a queen of music.

The lasting legacy of Selena is something we are still talking about because it still matters. She has remained relevant decades after her death and that is not an easy feat. As 2020 comes to a close, it is impressive to know that Selena is still going strong.

READ: As The New Selena Series Comes Under Scrutiny, People Are Asking Where Is Selena’s Husband Chris Pérez Now?

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