Facts about Selena, Taken from books, magazines, the fan club newsletter & videos:
Selena immediate family:
Marcella Quintanilla - Mother
Abraham Quintanilla - Father
Suzette Quintanilla-Arriaga - Sister
A.B. Quintanilla III - Brother
Chris Perez - Husband
Selena Larger Than Life: Measurements:
Height: 5' 5" 3/4 according to Furia Magazine/ 5' 6" according to her dad
Weight: 120 lbs
Pant Size: 3/4 or 5/6
Shoe Size: 7 or 8
Selena was born on April 16, 1971, in Lake Jackson, Tx (Contrary to popular belief it was not Easter that year)
Selena's parents were originally told that Mrs. Q had cancer when she was pregnant with Selena
Selena had no middle name
Selena never took singing lessons
Selena began singing in Spanish at age 9
Selena made her musical debut in her father's restaurant Papagallos in 1981
Selena began designing clothes at age 10 or 11
Selena recorded her first album with Freddie Records in 1984
Selena's favorite food was double pepperoni thin-crusted Pizza
Selena's favorite flowers were white long-stemmed roses
She had a BMW but it was stolen and dumped into the sea so she replaced it with a Porsche Carera with the encouragement of Chris
Selena originally had a black Porsche but liked the one Chris bought more so she ended up with the Red one at the museum, her father ended up with her black one
She had a red car before the BMW and it was sold in the early 2000s and ended up catching on fire and was totaled
Selena once went Bungee jumping on a dare (like in the movie)
Selena never refused to sign an autograph
The designer that was helping Selena was Martin Gomez, they met in 1993
A fan once offered to give Selena a ranch!
Selena collected Faberge Eggs, a record Executive gave her one and it started a collection for her. Mr. Q told me that it wasn't because she was born on Easter Sunday (A fact that isn't true but is floating around the internet). Her collection is now on display at her Museum.
Selena told Chris she loved him in 1991 at a Pizza Hut in the Rio Grande Valley
Selena and Chris once vacationed in Jamaica
Selena and Chris were married on April 2, 1992
Selena wanted 5 children
Chris Perez kept Selena’s clothes in a sealed plastic bag to preserve her smell.
Johnny Canales, the TV Show Host, took Selena Y Los Dinos to Mexico for her first concerts there in 1987
The tragic day of Selena's death was also to be the day that Johnny Canales married, he considered canceling the wedding, but instead, he and his bride dedicated their wedding to Selena.
Shelly Lares (another Tejano singer) sang backup for Selena on her Baila Esta Cumbia song
Shelly also sang onstage with Selena during her 1991 Market Square concert (Not included on the DVD)
Shelly invited Selena to a rehearsal in 1988 and was introduced to Chris
Shelly and Selena were very good friends, Selena once took care of her while she was visiting and got sick
Shelly was approached by YS before Selena about starting a fan club but Shelly's father said no
Stephanie Lynn (also a Tejano singer) sang backup on her Amor Prohibido album, you can hear her vocals on the Karaoke versions clearer than on the album versions since Selena's voice is removed. On the song Tus Desprecios, a lot of fans have a hard time telling them apart
"Ven Conmigo" was the first Tejano album to go Gold
Selena recorded "Buenos Amigos" a duet with Alvaro Torres in 1991, her first #1 song
In 1992 when Selena went to Monterrey, MX for the first time she broke the attendance record with over 100,000 people, which still hasn't been broken.
Selena won a Grammy for her 1993 album "Live"
Selena was nominated for another Grammy in 1995 for her 1994 album "Amor Prohibido"
In 2020 Selena received a lifetime achievement award from the Grammy's
Selena was on the TV Novella "Dos Mujeres, Un Camino" in 1994, they wanted her to continue her role as Ramiro's (of groupo Bronco) girlfriend but she was too busy. A rumor started that it was because Erik Estrada didn't want her to be his girlfriend but they didn't have scenes together. She originally was supposed to have a cameo but when she arrived they threw her in!
"A boy like that" was recorded in 1995, it was a project to raise money for the Grammy's, released on the album "The songs of the West Side Story", it was her idea to give it the New Jack Swing sound
Selena also did a cameo in the film "Don Juan De Marco", she played a mariachi singer. She recorded 5 songs, 4 Mariachi 1 duet but they were not included on the soundtrack but were included on her albums
She had a sore throat the day she recorded Tu Solo Tu and her dad said, the execs came a long way please just try, she did and it added a beautiful raspiness to her voice and made them even better
Some of Selena's fav artists were: Luis Miguel, Janet Jackson, Rocio Durcal - She met 2 of the 3 in her life
Selena performed 3 consecutive years in a row at the Houston Astrodome, each time breaking attendance records!
Selena was named Latin Artist of the Decade for the '90s
"Hey Buffy" and "You go girl" were some of Selena's fav sayings
In 1993 she recorded a public service announcement for the battered woman's shelter, it was reported that every time Selena's tape "Put an End to Pain" aired, the phones rang off the hook with Spanish speaking callers
Univision has shown many Selena specials, each time she sets viewing records
The Quintanilla's had a family plan in case something happened to one of the members. They never thought it’d be Selena.
Before her last concert at The Astrodome, Selena asked her brother for his opinion on her sparkly, purple jumpsuit. His sincere answer was that the cameras would make her look short and on the chubby side. Though she got mad with his response, she still owned it and looked flawless as always. He later said that with her shoes it looked very different and she looked good.
Selena was tired of always singing “Como la Flor” at concerts, and often compared the record to Michael Jackson’s hit “Billie Jean,” noted A.B.
The bustier she wore for her 1993 Live concert was not originally supposed to have a design, she ran out of crystals on one cup and made the best of it.
The day before she passed, Selena had dinner with her mother and sister and told them she was going to start a family with her husband.
Selena was in the process of creating her own perfume and makeup. After her death her family did launch a limited edition perfume line
in 2016 her dream of a makeup line came true, Suzette worked with Mac cosmetics and released a limited edition line, in 2020 they released another limited edition line. Both times selling out the same day.
Also in 2016 Madame Tussaud's in Hollywood unveiled a wax figure of Selena followed by New York in 2017
Selena's Gold Faberge Egg Ring
Because Selena liked Faberge Eggs, YS had a special ring made for Selena. It had 52 diamonds, 18 karat gold, with an 'S' on each side and on the top of the Egg. Selena never knew that her employees at both boutiques had collected the money to pay for it because YS took their money and gave it to her as if it was a personal gift. YS paid for the ring with Selena's American Express gold card. Selena was clutching the ring in her hand when she was loaded into the ambulance. The ambulance driver not knowing the significance of the ring returned it to the Quintanilla family. He found it when hosing out the ambulance, it was covered in blood. He said that he knew it was valuable and thought that the Quintanilla's would like to have it back. In 2002 the gun that was used was cut up into pieces and dumped into the bay. It is rumored the ring was also cut up and dumped as well.