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You Thought You’d Seen Every Selena Picture Until You Saw These

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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. There’s still so much of her we haven’t seen.

1. Selena and Ricki Martin

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Selena and Ricki 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.

RIP Queen.

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Let's Settle This: What's The Difference Between Gorditas And Arepas?

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Let’s Settle This: What’s The Difference Between Gorditas And Arepas?

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So we recently featured a (pretty sexy) video about Venezuelan arepas. The two big takeaways from the video are that arepas are 1) good and 2) seriously good. But we noticed something ~interesting~ when checking the comments for it:

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You guys.

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There is room in this world for more than one type of thing-stuffed-with-other-things.

I mean, hell, you don’t see pierogi and ravioli fighting with each other, do you? So let’s take a closer look at both gorditas and arepas.

Gorditas:

These consist of a small cake made with corn, and originated in Mexico. They’re sometimes fried, sometimes baked, and always stuffed with all kinds of good things, like shredded beef or carnitas or nopal or beans. There are varieties of gorditas, including “gorditas de migas,” which have pork in the masa.

They’re delicious.

Here’s what they look like:

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And here’s a recipe to make them with chicharrón, because most things are better with chicharrón.

Arepas:

These are small cakes made with corn and are popular throughout Venezuela and Colombia, although they’re also enjoyed in Puerto Rico, the DR and Panama. They can be baked, fried, grilled or even steamed, and are stuffed with all kinds of things, like chicken and maduros and frijoles negros, oh my. Oh, and there are sweet versions, too. Because life is good.

They are delicious.

Here’s what they look like:

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And here’s a recipe to make ’em. (Remember to stuff them so full of avocado and/or cheese that tears of joy spring to your eyes.)

So, what’s the difference?

It really depends on region. Even within Mexico, gorditas can be prepared with different ingredients and cooked different ways. Likewise, arepas can vary slightly depending on where they’re made (as anyone who has had a soft, sweet mozzarepa at a street fair can tell you).

Yes, they’re similar. Very similar. They’re basically the same main ingredients, and they’re both the creations of indigenous people creating good food with what was available.

More often that not, the difference comes down to the precise preparation of the dough. (In Venezuela, it all starts with masarepa) and especially the ingredients inside. There’s no doubt that a corn cake stuffed with pabellón and maduros is quintessentially Venezuelan, just like it’s obvious that a corn cake brimming with carnitas is Mexican.

This blog post breaks down just how similar these foods really are.

And don’t even get us started on pupusas.

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God bless El Salvador for also giving us their delicious, stuffed corn cakes, topped with curtido (which is kind of like a more refreshing coleslaw, with no mayo and much better).

In conclusion: The big difference between gorditas and arepas…

…is whoever makes them. If a Mexican makes one and tells you it’s a gordita, then that’s what it is. If a Venezuelan makes one and calls it an arepa, then it’s an arepa. So the food in that video we shared? Arepas. Fully, totally and completely.

So eat them all. And enjoy.

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Because Latin American food is delicious, creative and worth sharing, no matter where it’s from. And if you just stick to what you know, you’re definitely missing out.

READ: LA’s Best Latino Foods, and They’re Not Mexican

Are you Team Gordita, Team Arepa, or Team ALL THE FOOD? 

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