Suzette Quintanilla

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She’s here, and she’s beautiful.

Last Friday, Madame Tussauds unveiled a stunning wax statue in honor of Selena Quintanilla at its New York City location. CASSIUS was on hand as the late Tejano singer’s legion of dedicated fans waited in Times Square just to get a first peek. Her sister was in awe of all the love.

Suzette Quintanilla shared with us exclusively that even though her beloved sister was killed tragically 22 years ago, time has not changed her awe of fans’ reactions to the captivating star. The woman every young girl wanted to be, and the woman every young boy wanted to date, lives on in YouTube videos, where some of the youngest millennials were first introduced to her, years after her death.

She also credits millennials for keeping Selena’s legacy alive, as well as the late Aaliyah, who is just as idolized, loved and missed as her sister. “We’re 22 years later and we’re still talking about her, and she’s very much alive in the hearts of a lot of people, and especially millennials,” Suzette said. “I think they can look at her and they can relate to her. Selena was just a whole package kind of individual. When you hear her online video interviews, you get a sense of who she was. And you can connect to her. She was real. She wasn’t fake. When they actually see her performing, she captivates. And add on top of that, she had that amazing vocal ability to just draw you in, and make everything effortless. We are now in a new generation with millennials loving her,because one generation is now passing down what they love, on to their kids, and it’s never ending. So I’m very grateful for that. Definitely very grateful for that.”

The girl every young girl wanted to be, and the girl every young boy wanted to date, lives on in YouTube videos, where some of the youngest millennials were first introduced to her, years after her death.

And what is it like meeting all of those babies named Selena? “I think it’s awesome! I mean, how can it not be,” Suzette shared. “It means a lot for somebody to name one of their loved ones after your loved one. It just means that Selena will never be forgotten, because each child that’s named after my sister, they have a story to tell.”

Selena is just one of the Latinx artists who will be included in Madame Tussauds’ Latin Music Experience, Sabor Latino. Museum visitors will also get to snap selfies with the likenesses of Ricky Martin, Jennifer Lopez, and the “King of Bachata” himself, Romeo Santos.


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