She Admitted She Wishes She Were Latina – Yes, Really
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In 2008, she said she wishes she were Latina “because the culture is so beautiful.” I mean, yassss!
Selena Influenced Her Music
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Growing up in Texas, it’s only natural that she too was obsessed with the Reina of Tex-Mex. She even performed at rodeos just like Selena.
Her Spanish Songs Are Just as Flawless as Her English Songs
Beyoncé and Destiny’s Child got down to some flamenco when they performed “Quisiera Ser” with Alejandro Sanz at the 2002 Grammy Awards. ???
She Has a Telenovela Theme Song
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Bey teamed up with Alejandro Fernández in 2007 to record “Amor Gitano” for Telemundo’s production El zorro, la Espada y la Rosa. It doesn’t get more Latino than a telenovela.
She Shakes Her Hips Like a Latina
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Almost immediately after releasing “Amor Gitano,” Beyoncé teamed up with Shakira for “Beautiful Liar,” where she rivaled Shakira’s hip-shaking moves.
She Waves the Mexican Flag with Pride
Beyoncé excited Mexican fans when she sang in Spanish in Mexico during the Mrs. Carter Show World Tour in 2013. Then, she really won them over when she proudly waved the red, white and green flag.
Husband Jay Z’s Got Mad Love for Latinos Too
There are dozens of Latino references in Jay Z’s lyrics, but his love for the Latino culture doesn’t stop there. In 2012 he signed Shakira to his Roc Nation Management label to produce three albums, and later signed Puerto Rican receiver Victor Cruz to Roc Nation Sports Management in 2013. Plus, he’s obsess with cigarros cubanos.
Queen Bey Released an Album in Español
Recording a few songs in Spanish wasn’t enough for Bey, she had to release a whole album. In 2007 she gave us Irreemplazable, an album of Spanish and Spanglish recordings.
And She Takes Her Spanish Very Seriously
When Beyoncé recorded in Spanish, it was important for her that every word was phonetically correct, so she recorded everything sentence by sentence and asked her Spanish-speaking besties if her pronunciation was correct.
Her Besties are Cuban, Mexican and Puerto Rican
Beyoncé says one of her best friend ever is Cuban. Her childhood friend, Barbara, is Mexican and she’s really close to LaLa Vasquez who is Puerto Rican. She thanks her friends for introducing her to Latin music, including Selena.
She Loves Dancing Salsa and Merengue
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Beyoncé is obsessed with dancing Merengue and her skills were noted at the 10th anniversary of Jay Z’s 40/40 Club when she stepped to “Suavemente” with her husband.
We’re Just Gonna Say it. She’s Basically a Tejana
Growing up in Texas, where almost 40% of the population is Latino, there’s no way Beyoncé could have steered clear of Latino influences. She has said she’s feels especially connected to Latinos because they’re family oriented and the spicy foods reminds her of her Creole heritage.