Remembering Selena 20 Years Later

In observance of the 20th anniversary of Selena’s death, LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes in Los Angeles hosted “A Tribute to Selena.” An estimated 2,000 people attended. The Friday event included live performances from Selena impersonators, Selena screening and an appearance from Selena’s husband, Chris Perez.

 

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A fan mimicking Selena’s style heads to the tribute at LA Plaza.

 

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Selena’s husband, Chris Perez, took photos with fans.

 

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A young woman shows off her Selena-inspired outfit.

More than 30,000 people showed up to the Corpus Christi Convention Center to mourn Selena’s death in 1995. Selena was only 23 years old when she died.

 

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Dozens of fans dressed in a Selena-inspired outfits and hairstyles.

 

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Fans, who still adore the “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom” singer, picked up Selena memorabilia at the event.

 

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The screening of the 1997 movie Selena was part of the tribute. More than 20,000 aspiring actresses were screened for the role of Selena Quintanilla before Jennifer Lopez was picked.

 

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A woman mirrors the dance moves of a Selena impersonator.

READ: How Selena Got Us Through Heartbreak

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Signed Selena posters were among the memorabilia that fans brought and bought at the event.

 

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In 2013, Chris Perez told the San Antonio Current: “Her legacy is going to live on for a long time, and I’m very proud of that and I want to help it move forward.”

 

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A woman dances and sings while she watches a live performance. Selena was the first Latina to hit number one on the Billboard 200 chart with the album Dreaming of You.

 

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Hundreds danced throughout the live performances.

 

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This fan chose the 1992 hit “Como la Flor” to express her devotion to Selena.

READ: Selena Fans Who Nailed the Look At Fiesta de la Flor

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Dressed in Selena-inspired outfits, fans celebrated the singer’s life, music and fashion. According to Martin Gomez, who worked on Selena’s clothing line, the young singer would buy bras at Victoria’s Secret and glue Swarovski crystals to them.

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A large group of children and adults work together in the arts and crafts area.

 

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Five friends pay their respect and celebrate the Tejano singer who was killed by the president of her fan club.

 

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A group of friends walk toward the Selena tribute event.

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A performer poses in a Selena-inspired outfit.

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A group of friends chat after a series of live performances.

 

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A couple smiles as they watch a live performance of the Tejano music star’s music.

 

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Selena stickers and jewelry were among the souvenirs sold.

 

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One of many women dressed like the singer, who was known for her fashion flair and powerful ballads.

In 2014, Abraham Quintanilla, Selena’s father, told NBC News: “It makes me feel good that after so many years people still remember my daughter. But at the same time I would rather that she be here.”

 

 

 

LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes is a non-profit organization whose mission is to “celebrate and cultivate an appreciation for the enduring and evolving influence of Mexican and Mexican-American culture.

 

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