Reasons Why We’re Crowning Queen Bey an Honorary Latina

credit: Getty Images
Beyoncé has been down with Latinos since she was a tiny dancer competing on Star Search. For that, and these reasons below, we’re declaring her an honorary Tejana✨?✨.

She Admitted She Wishes She Were Latina – Yes, Really

tumblr_nldpqalJj91rtup1qo1_r1_400

In 2008, she said she wishes she were Latina “because the culture is so beautiful.” I mean, yassss!

Selena Influenced Her Music

Credit: sol wack / YouTube

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

Credit: Paulo Roberto Abreu Gonçalves / YouTube

Beyoncé and Destiny’s Child got down to some flamenco when they performed “Quisiera Ser” with Alejandro Sanz at the 2002 Grammy Awards. ???

READ: Photos That Prove Selena Q. Wore It First

She Has a Telenovela Theme Song

Credit: desmondyeosg / YouTube

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

tumblr_nu41utnZYz1u8n1gro5_250
Credit: thebeyhiveforever / Tumblr

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

FIn. @maggyrivers #beyonce #mrscarter #mexico #monterrey #diva #queenb @beyonce

A video posted by claudiajovita (@claudiajovita) on

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

Credit: Larry Busacca / Getty Images

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

A photo posted by Beyoncé (@beyonce) on

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

A photo posted by Beyoncé (@beyonce) on

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

?

A photo posted by Beyoncé (@beyonce) on

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

tumblr_njhrbhKPL91s6nynxo1_540

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

#HTown

A photo posted by Beyoncé (@beyonce) on

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.

READ: If You Live On The Border, You Deal With This Every Day

What’s your favorite Beyoncé song? Let us know in the comments below and don’t forget to share by clicking the share button.