Selena Quintanilla’s legacy has continued to live on more than decades after her death, and her enduring fame and popularity was recognized with one of Hollywood’s highest honors: her very own Madame Tussauds wax statue.
The ceremony, held at Madame Tussauds Hollywood on Tuesday (August 30), was presented by members of Quintanilla’s family, including her parents, brother A.B, sister Suzette and husband Chris Pérez.
Hundreds of fans also attended the unveiling as did special guests recording artist Paula DeAnda and actress Jackie Guerra.
“As most of you know, it’s been 21 years since Selena has been gone — but she is definitely not forgotten,” Suzette told the audience during the ceremony. “And this is right here, a statement of the fact that her legacy continues.”
The unveiling of the statue was timed coincide with the 21st anniversary of Quintanilla’s fifth and final album, “Dreaming of You.” According to the museum’s general manager Colin Thomas, they created the statue in response to fan feedback.
“It’s been in the making for well over a year, we have been following the online appeal,” he told Vivala. “Especially the [petition] on Change.org, which has ten thousand requests, but also through our own social media.”
The wax figure, which is estimated to have cost $350,000, recreates one of her most iconic looks
The ensemble is what the singer wore during her 1993 concert held at the Memorial Coliseum in Corpus Christi, Texas. According to the museum, “the look celebrates her concert performance recorded for the album ‘Selena Live!’, which won the Grammy Award for Best Mexican/American Album in 1994.”
The artists began work on the figure last October, and the extensive research by the artists, sculptures and experts included personal visits to the Quintanilla family and the Selena Museum in Corpus Christi, Texas.
Quintanilla’s family was a part of every step of the process, from selecting her pose and expression to her hairstyle, makeup and wardrobe, and Thomas said that was by design.
“We are very proud of what we what we created,” Thomas said. “The people who work for Madame Tussauds are proud, detail-oriented and we wanted to create figures that make people go wow.”
And that was exactly the reaction from fans, as they and Selena’s family counted down the moments to the unveiling. As the curtain went down, fans roared with loud cheers of “Selena, Selena, Selena Vive.”
Jackie Guerra, who portrayed Suzette in the film “Selena,” came from her home in Mexico to be present for the unveiling.
“I’m so overwhelmed by this, I wanted to come and surprise the Quintanillas because playing Suzette was one of the greatest experiences of my life,” she told Vivala. “It was a thousand percent because of the family and Selena’s fans.”