Selena’s death made international headlines and her funeral drew more than 60,000 mourners to Corpus Christi, Texas. Twenty years later, her spirit and influence is still being felt.
The late Tejano singer Selena Quintanilla, always present in the hearts and minds of her fans, now will forever be immortalized as a wax figure.
Madame Tussauds Hollywood announced on Monday that a new wax figure of the late singer will be unveiled next month in commemoration of the 21st anniversary of her fifth and final studio album.
“On behalf of our family, we would like to express a huge amount of gratitude to Madame Tussauds in creating such an amazing lifelike wax figure of our beloved Selena,” Quintanilla’s sister, Suzette Arriaga, said in a statement. “This is yet another step in making sure that her legacy lives on and that her fans, new and old, can appreciate her as a person, an artist and one whom we can all identify with.”
Quintanilla’s family worked with the museum on the creation of her likeness – from selecting her pose and expression to choosing her signature hairstyle, makeup and wardrobe. The figure is valued at approximately $350,000 and will be dressed as the singer was at a concert at the Memorial Coliseum in Corpus Christi, Texas, on Feb. 7, 1993 – where she recorded her Grammy Award-winning album “Selena Live!”
“At Madame Tussauds, our figures represent icons who have made a significant impact on our culture. That perfectly describes Selena,” said Colin Thomas, general manager at the Hollywood museum. “Her influence has transcended generations, and her passionate fans continue to be inspired by her to this day. We recognize this and, in response, we are proud to join her fans in celebrating her legacy by immortalizing her.”
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The singer was shot and killed at the age of 23 by Yolanda Saldivar in 1995.
Last month, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce announced that Quintanilla would be receiving a star in the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Fellow Tejana Eva Longoria will also be getting a star at the same time as the late singer.
The official unveiling of Quintanilla’s wax likeness will take place during a rooftop celebration at Madame Tussauds Hollywood on Aug. 30.