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The 2019 Latina Graduates Are Obsessed With Latina More Than Most And Their Caps Prove It

You’ve just spent years slaving away to get that diploma. Late night after late night writing essay after essay, studying for exam after exam. So what do you do now? Decorate your graduation cap, of course! To get you into the spirit of things, we’ve put together some inspiration for you: some snazzy snaps of Selena Quintanilla-themed graduation caps. 

1. Selena says it all.

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It doesn’t get much more exciting than earning that degree! So why not show it on your cap? Clearly, they’re words of wisdom from the OG hard worker herself.

2. “Bye Bye” to study.

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Probably the best thing about finishing study is to say so long, farewell to all of the last-minute cram sessions, the tears and tantrums when the printer doesn’t work, and the terrors of group work. Bidi Bidi bye bye, indeed!

3. When in doubt, go all out in glitter.

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Did someone say eye-catching? It might be hard to tell, but aside from the cute tiny pearls, this cap has little diamantes spread throughout the rest of the decorations. Is it striking? Yes. It is extra? Also yes. 

4. Song lyrics say it best.

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Probably one of the easiest ways to find fellow Selena fans is to just slap some song lyrics on your cap. Maybe spend the day humming the tune and come up with a dance routine to really drive your point home. And of course, put a picture of Selena on your cap, too. Make it clear, babes: you’re not only here to grab that certificate, you’re here to spend the day with kindred souls.

5. Flowers? Check.

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A fake flower or two is bound to complete your cap. But please, for the love of all that is holy and right, avoid using real flowers. It will take less than 0.05 seconds for them to wilt in the sun while you’re getting your photos taken. And while you’re at it, remember that you get bonus points for matching your nails to the color of the flowers.

6. Como la flor.

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Flowers for spring? Ground-breaking. But, in all honesty, if you’re bound to be given flowers to celebrate your educational victory, why not go the extra mile and have them all over your cap? The way to go is to mix it up with sizes – find cute little tiny ones to adorn the cap, and then finish it with a real centrepiece, extra AF, supermassive flower. You’re bound to get some looks. 

7. A sassy wave goodbye is the best kind of wave goodbye.

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After all those years keeping your head down, studying hard … or at least, stressing about studying hard, it’s satisfying as heck to know that you’re not going to have to do it anymore. So why not get Selena to say the goodbye for you with a sassy wave? 

8. Who says that your cap has to be black?

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Because a bright blue is an excellent way to show that you’re anything but feeling blue about graduating! 

9. School colors are the way to go.

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If you’re going to go for the aesthetic, then it’s time to go all out on the school colors and show off your amazing attention to detail. 

10. Wanna say something important? 

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Sometimes the best way to say something is to just cover the cap in words. Because really, you’re going to be surrounded by people who’ve spent the last few years of their life with their noses in books. Would it kill them to read something else, one last time?

11. Red, plus glitter, equals one fab cap.

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Have you got a penchant for drawing people? Then maybe it’s high time you show off your skills, babes. Especially for any of you out there that have just finished studying fine art – because, really, the day isn’t just about bragging about your smarts, it’s also about showing off your creativity.

12. When in doubt, go classy.

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A simple white and cream look can really drive home the fact that you’re one classy babe, and you’ve finally out-classed the education establishment.

13. A ‘90s pinboard look never goes astray.

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Because sometimes, it’s not about being extra, or being classy. It’s about showing that, deep down inside, you value cute kitschy things – and not even a diploma is going to change that about you. We know you’re still Jenny from the block.

14. Reflective décor for a reflective day.

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The reflective look isn’t just for traffic controllers and construction workers. It’s also for babes like you, who know that they’re moving on to bigger and better things.

15. Nothing says empowerment more than saying bye to the establishment.

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And it’s not just you saying bidi bidi bye bye to the establishment. Selena herself was criticised by the establishment for her revealing clothing. And did she let that stop her? No. Instead, she put flowers on her revealing clothing, and kept on smashing records and selling out stadiums. Don’t be like the establishment, be like Selena.

16. Be strategic in your decoration placement.

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Let’s face it, you’ve got to be practical with your decoration placement. You’re going to be wearing your cap for a long time – or, at least, what feels like a long time. And, it’ll feel even longer if you’ve put something heavy on the front of the cap. Stick all of the heavier, bigger things towards the back of the cap, and you’ll be good as gold on the day.

17. Why wear a flower crown when you could wear a flower cap?

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Hey, you can go all out on a flower crown aesthetic, show how much you love Selena, and support a good cause on your cap, too! 

18. Who says you’re limited to decorating only on the cap?

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If you do it right, you can let your decorations hang off the side of the cap. Just make sure they’re not in your face!

19. A play on words can be effective AF.

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Bidi bidi bye bye? More like bidi bidi done done! You’re 10,000 percent done with study and it’s time that the world knows it.

20. Think about balance.

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And no, we’re not talking about finding the right heels for the day – although, that is important too! Here, we can see that Selena’s iconic quote’s been changed just a little bit. But it’s made the cap all the better for it, since the text is visually balanced. Hey, you’ve gotta think about these things! 

There’s no doubt about it: Selena Quintanilla was an icon. So much so, that she still makes waves today! Which means you’ve got a big legacy to live up to – it’s time to take your education and make good use of it! But do you know what you want to do after studying? Tell us about it on Twitter – you can find it by clicking on the logo at the top of the page.

20 Remarkable Mementos You’ll See at the Selena Museum

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20 Remarkable Mementos You’ll See at the Selena Museum

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In 1995, the world lost the Queen of Tejano music, Selena Quintanilla Perez. Immediately following her death, mass vigils were held around the Latinidad to honor our lost reina. After her death, fans turned to her music for consolation and relief as they mourned the musician. Even after 24 years, the superstar is still grieved and celebrated by her fans.

Festivals are held around the world each year in honor of Selena’s birthday, life and death. Murals of the Queen of Tejano still grace neighborhoods from Texas to California to Mexico. Even international brands like MAC Cosmetics, Forever 21 and Target still collaborate with Selena’s estate to bring fans new merchandise.

While these all immortalize Selena’s legacy, there’s only one museum in the world dedicated to the Queen of Tejano.

In Selena’s hometown of Corpus Christi Texas — only a few miles from her final resting place — is Q Productions. Founded in 1993, Q Productions is the actual studio Selena recorded in with her father, Abraham, and Los Dinos. While it’s still an operating studio, the big draw of the location is the Selena Museum. Featuring mementos, collectables and memories from the iconic Latina’s life and career, it’s a visit that every Selena fan should make.

Here are some of the remarkable artifacts you will find at the Selena Museum.

1. Selena’s red convertible

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It’s now over 30 years old, but this racy red convertible was Selena’s favorite car. In fact, before she bought the 1986 Porsche, she purchased a new black Porsche hatchback instead. However, something just didn’t vibe for the Queen of Tejano and she traded that one in for this older model. It could be because it’s paint job matches the Latina’s signature red lip but this ride just says, “Selena.”

2. The entire Selena MAC makeup line

The Selena Museum

In 2016, international makeup company MAC Cosmetics launched a line inspired by Selena. The Selena MAC collection was so well received that it sold out online within HOURS. The full line is on display at the Selena Museum — sporting products with names like “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom,” “Missing My Baby” and “No Me Queda Mas.”

3. Selena’s fashion sketches

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Anyone who has seen Selena knows that the musician had an incredible sense of style. She had first-hand input in her styling because she designed many of her most iconic looks. Had she not become a musician, Selena wanted to become a fashion designer. In fact, before her death, Selena had opened two boutiques — one in Corpus Christi and one in San Antonio. Another was planned for Monterrey, Mexico however it was never built. Following her death, both locations closed but you can still see the sketches that started it all.

4. Selena’s childhood dolls

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It’s easy to forget that the legendary Queen of Tejano started off as a little girl, singing songs to her father’s guitar. These sweet reminders of her childhood give us a glimpse into the Selena that only her family know. The baby doll and old Raggedy Anne are toys saved by Selena’s parents and immortalized in the museum. To them, she will always be their little girl.

5. Fan mail from around the world

The Selena Museum

Selena got her start in South Texas but soon achieved stardom that reached around the world. At the Selena Museum, you’ll find devoted fan mail from places like Japan, Uruguay, Peru, Hungary and New Zealand. You can still send fan mail to Q Productions and share your own love and appreciation for Selena.

6. An original manuscript for “Selena”

The Selena Museum

Soon after Selena’s death in 1995, studios began vying for the rights to Selena’s life. The Quintanilla Family wanted to make sure Selena’s spirit was especially respected in any depiction of the departed musician. With this in mind, they became very involved in the film of her life. In 1997, “Selena” debuted to critical acclaim and would arguably be the role that made Jennifer Lopez’s career. At the Selena Museum, you’ll find an original manuscript for the screenplay that would become “Selena.”

7. Selena’s famous bustiers

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Before pop stars’ became more open with baring a little skin, Selena made the bustier a staple for her wardrobe. Much to her dad Abraham’s dismay, Selena came up with design herself. The fashionista would sow sequins onto regular bras for a show-stopping look. It’s a good thing that Abe eased his anti-bustier stance. They’re further proof that Selena was a star ahead of her time.

8. Selena’s egg collection

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If you’ve seen “Selena,” you know the Queen of Tejano had an odd little collection. She liked to collect eggs; specifically, Faberge eggs. The Russian treasures are a luxury that Selena adored and the singer had plenty in her collection. In case you’re curious, the collection DOES NOT include that egg ring from She-Who-Will-Not-Be-Named.

9. Selena’s Grammy dress

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Since fashion is such an essential part of who she was, the Selena Museum has several of the late star’s iconic outfits. One that’s exceptionally gorgeous is the Lillie Rubin white sequin dress she wore to the Grammys. You might remember that legendary scene in “Selena” with the rude boutique clerk and swarm of fans. That scene was inspired by a memorable shopping trip in Houston to buy that dress.

10. Collectable Selena dolls

The Selena Museum

Raise your hand if you had one of these babies as a kid. Selena has been memorialized in several different ways but the different collectable dolls made in her image may be the most awesome. At the Selena Museum, there is a collection of six Selena dolls — all sporting one of her signature looks.

11. The studio Selena used to record her final album

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Q Productions has been a working studio since it’s opening in the 90s. To this day, it still accommodates musicians but Selena was their first ever recording artist. Infact, Selena recorded her final album — “Dreaming of You” — at Q Productions.

12. And the very microphone she used, too

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Including Suzette’s first drum kit and Abraham’s prized piano, Q Productions has many treasures on display. One you’ll be able to see is the very mic Selena used to record “Dreaming of You.” The album debuted number 1 on the Billboard 200; the first ever predominantly Spanish-language album to do so.

13. The outfit from the cover of “Amor Prohibido”

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One of Selena’s most iconic looks is the fierce leather and lace outfit featured on the album cover for “Amor Prohibido.” This album proved to be one of Selena’s biggest. Besides being a solid listen from start to finish, it also features hits “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom,” “Yo Me Queda Más” and “Techno Cumbia.” The popularity of this album ensured that Selena will forever be remembered for this look.

14. Selena’s Grammy

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For all of Selena’s talent and popularity, she was honored with many awards in her career. The prize of that collection is the 1994 Grammy she won for Best Mexican/American Album. This Grammy made history for the first win by a female Tejano singer. There’s no telling how many more of these she would have won had her life not been cut tragically short.

15. The plaque honoring Selena’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

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In 2017, Selena was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The ceremony drew 4,500 fans — the largest gathering to ever attend an unveiling. This plaque was presented to the Quintanilla family to commemorate the historic event and moreover recognize Selena’s legacy.

16. Buckles celebrating Selena’s Houston Rodeo preformances

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Selena played the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo a total of three times. While all three concerts drew huge crowds, her 1995 appearance broke attendance records for the Houston Astrodome. Following the concerts, these commemorative belt buckles were presented to Selena to celebrate her successful shows.

17. A custom Selena guitar from the Fiesta de la Flor

The Selena Museum

Every year, celebrations of Selena’s life happen all over the world. One such event happens in Corpus Christi. Since 2014, Fiesta de la Flor — an event with music, food, a mercado and all things Chicano — has been held for Selena’s memory. At the Selena Museum, you can see a custom guitar that bares the Queen of Tejano’s face from the event.

18. Selena’s jewelry collection

As someone who lived for fashion, it’s only natural that Selena would love a good accessory. The Selena Museum has on display a large collection of jewelry owned and worn by the musician herself. Some items were gifts from loved ones like husband Chris, while others were gifted by fans.

19. Condolence letters from world figures

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When Selena passed away, the whole world mourned. The loss of such a vibrant, beautiful and kind young woman was such a tragedy that even world leaders took notice. On display at the Selena Museum are several noted condolence letters from the likes of Larry King, President Bill Clinton, and then-Texas Governor George W. Bush.

20. Selena’s famous purple jumpsuit

Remember that record-breaking performance at the Houston Rodeo? Even if you’ve never seen footage of the big event, there’s no doubt that you’ve seen Selena’s look from that night. The famous purple jumpsuit she wore to the 1995 Houston Rodeo has become the most recognizable outfit from Selena’s memorable wardrobe. At the Selena Museum, you can take a selfie with it and immortalize your love for the Queen of Tejano.

The ‘Traveling Selena’ Instagram Page Is The Sweetest Fan Page You’ll Find On The Internet

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The ‘Traveling Selena’ Instagram Page Is The Sweetest Fan Page You’ll Find On The Internet

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At the height of her fame, Selena was a Tejano star whose concert attendance shattered records both abroad and at home while also gaining her certain type of love and adoration that can only be attributed to her fans. Today, nearly 30 years after her death, the American singer’s legacy has continued its stretch across the globe, partially in thanks to a devoted Instagram profile called Traveling Selena which features the late singer in Barbie doll form at some of the most recognizable sights around the world.

Twenty-four years after her death, Traveling Selena is making sure her influence is still being felt across the world.

In the style of a traveling gnome, the Instagram account is taking n the Tejano singer to some of the most recognizable sights in the world. Even more exciting the page’s creator features Selena wearing some of her more memorable outfits. The page’s account describes itself as taking pics in front of some of the most beautiful places! Outfits and pics are all my own.”

So far Selena has gone to the Grand Palace in Bangkok.

During her career, Selena expanded her fan following by touring New York City, Argentina, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, and Central America. At the time of her death, despite her broad international fan base which included countries such as Japan and Australia, she had not traveled much outside of the Americas. Now ya girl is getting to do the Bidi Bidi Bom Bom wherever the account goes. Including.

To Phuket.

Where even ancient dragons aren’t as fire as her replicated outfits.

They’ve even taken her to San Fran…

Where Selena’s most basic fan base will adore the Instagrammable pics taken by the bridge and the house from “Full House.”

And to see one of the world’s most iconic figures of all: Selena herself in wax form.

How meta.

6. San Diego

I love that they have Selena being a true millenial taking pciks in front of mural art.

7. The zoo

And heading off to bless the animals at the zoo with her presence.

8. Her own mural

The best part of these pics is that we now get to add locations to our bucket list.

8. Khao San Road

Literall watching Selena head off to all of these places is giving me so much wanderlust.

9. Phi Phi Islands

Her trip to Thailand looks like the best ever and now I want to go take a vacay at a tropical get away.

10. On a Tuk Tuk

This is the best look above all and now I want to hop on a tuk tuk and take a ride!

11. Sunset Station

Nothing more divine than Selena in her Dreaming of You outfit.

12. Aruba

Selena visiting the Caribbean?! Hope the account takes her back to Puerto Rico.

13. Multnoham Falls

Selena literally living our best lives beyond the grave is everything.

14. Avatar Land

James Cameron would be so lucky to include the Latina icon in his wonderfully made up land.

15. Palace of Fine Arts

Selena being her most real Barbie self outside of the palace of fine arts is everything .

16. Coca Cola classic!!

And look at her chilling next to her favorite beverage of choice.

17. Las Vegas!

Seeing the diva showing off a totally classic outfit on the strip will give you major going out vibes. Bidi bidi bom bom.

18. The Full House house

Selena rocking her fullest self at the Full House house will give you all kinds of nostalgia for forever.

19. Her favorite place in all of the land!

Selena went to visit her favorite state in the country: Texas for Halloween and got dressed up as the true reina that she is.

20. The gum wall

Wearing one of her iconic outfits, Selena suited up to go to the gum wall.