Madame Tussauds unveils Selena Quintanilla wax figure

Madame Tussauds Hollywood's unveiling of singer Selena immortalized in wax at Madame Tussauds on August 30, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Rachel Murray/Getty Images for Madame Tussauds Hollywood)
Madame Tussauds Hollywood’s unveiling of singer Selena immortalized in wax at Madame Tussauds on August 30, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Rachel Murray/Getty Images for Madame Tussauds Hollywood)

Madame Tussauds Hollywood on Tuesday unveiled the highly anticipated wax figure of the “Queen of Tejano” Selena Quintanilla, who more than 20 years after her death continues to influence music and pop culture. Now fans can see, hug and take photos with Selena’s likeness in California along with other iconic lifelike figures including Marilyn Monroe and Lady Gaga.

“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,” Selena’s sister Suzette Arriaga said in a news release. “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.”

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HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 30: Selena's husband Chris Perez (L), sister Suzette Quintanilla (2nd-L), and brother A.B. Quintanilla (R) onstage during Madame Tussauds Hollywood's unveiling of Singer Selena immortalized in wax at Madame Tussauds on August 30, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Rachel Murray/Getty Images for Madame Tussauds Hollywood)
Selena’s husband Chris Perez (L), sister Suzette Quintanilla (2nd-L), and brother A.B. Quintanilla (R) onstage during Madame Tussauds Hollywood’s unveiling of Singer Selena immortalized in wax at Madame Tussauds on August 30, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Rachel Murray/Getty Images for Madame Tussauds Hollywood)

Madame Tussauds Hollywood announced plans in July to immortalize the legend with a wax figure after more than 10,000 Selena fans signed a Change.org petition requesting the honor. Madame Tussauds worked in partnership with the Quintanilla family as well as a team of sculptors and artists to recreate a 1993 stage look from Selena’s concert performance at Memorial Coliseum in Corpus Christi. The Grammy-winning album “Selena Live!” was recorded there.

On Selena’s Facebook page, fans poured in with their thoughts about the new wax figure. “It’s so amazing as a fan to see this happen,” wrote Clarissa Ramirez. “Her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, makeup line, (and now) her own wax figure. She’d be so proud of all her accomplishments if she was alive to see it today.”

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This fall there will be more posthumous honors for the pop culture icon. In October,  Selena will be inducted into the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame and MAC cosmetics will release a limited-edition Selena makeup line.

“At Madame Tussauds, our figures represent icons who have made a significant impact on our culture. That perfectly describes Selena,” Colin Thomas, general manager of Madame Tussauds Hollywood, said in a news release. “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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Selena Quintanilla to be honored with Madame Tussauds wax figure

Selena performs at Hemisfair Plaza in San Antonio, TX, April 24, 1994.  Photo by Sung Park / The Austin American-Statesman
Selena performs at Hemisfair Plaza in San Antonio, TX, April 24, 1994. Photo by Sung Park / The Austin American-Statesman

It’s been a good year for fans of Selena Quintanilla Pérez, the Tejano superstar and pop culture icon who continues to influence music lovers more than 20 years after her death.

Madame Tussauds Hollywood announced plans today to immortalize the legend with a wax figure that will be unveiled at the famed Hollywood destination on Aug. 30.

“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,” Selena’s sister Suzette Arriaga said in a news release. “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.”

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In 2015, Selena fans launched a Change.org petition requesting a wax figure for the “Queen of Tejano.” Nearly 10,000 people signed and the outpouring of support eventually led Madame Tussauds to partner with the Quintanilla family to create a wax figure with a team of expert sculptors and artists. Together they chose the wardrobe, expression, hairstyle, pose and makeup for the Selena wax figure, according to Madame Tussauds.

Selena's stylish outfits also made the Tejano star a fashion icon. Photo contributed by Madame Tussauds
Selena’s stylish outfits also made the Tejano star a fashion icon. Photo contributed by Madame Tussauds

The completed figure, which is valued at about $350,000, will feature a recreated 1993 stage look from Selena’s concert performance at Memorial Coliseum in her hometown of Corpus Christi, where she recorded the album “Selena Live!” The album won a Grammy the following year.

Selena’s Facebook page is offering fans the chance to win a VIP pass to the launch party on Aug. 30 as well as a Selena Annual Pass. For a chance to win, fans can upload a video to the Madame Tussauds Hollywood YouTube channel explaining why they are the Selena’s biggest fan.

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News of the forthcoming wax figure comes on the heels of another important recognition for the artist this summer. In June, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce announced that Selena would receive a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame, joining other artists such as Ice Cube and John Legend.

In October, Selena fans will have more to celebrate. The late artist, who was also a fashion and beauty icon, will be honored with her own limited-edition M.A.C. cosmetics line, which is expected to release this fall.

Selena was fatally shot by her former fan club president in 1995, but her legacy lives on as she continues to earn honors for her work and gains a new generation of fans.

“At Madame Tussauds, our figures represent icons who have made a significant impact on our culture. That perfectly describes Selena,” Colin Thomas, general manager of Madame Tussauds Hollywood, said in a news release. “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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