On Tuesday, exactly 28 years after the October 17, 1989 release of Selena Quintanilla's first studio album - the eponymous "Selena" - Google paid tribute to the late Tejano star with a musical Doodle showcasing her inspiring rise to fame. In 1986, she was awarded the Tejano Music award for "Female Vocalist of the Year".
"Selena has always transcended cultural boundaries, and having this Doodle featuring a strong, Latina woman on the homepage of Google around the world is a ideal example [of] that", Suzette Quintanilla, the late singer's sister, said in a statement.
Selena Quintanilla, who was born in Lake Jackson, Tex., in 1971, was murdered in 1995 by the president of her fan club in Corpus Christi.
However, the Doodle itself is animated and plays "Bidi Bidi Bom Bom", one of the singer's popular songs featured on the 1994 album "Amor Prohibido". Besides being a singer/songwriter, she was also a spokesperson, model, actress, and fashion designer.
Selena Quintanilla, originally from Texas, knew she was bound to be a performer from an early age. After she turned nine, Selena and her older siblings A.B.
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The biopic "Selena", starring Jennifer Lopez as the singer, was released in 1997.
The doodle idea was conceived by Perla Campos, Google's global marketing lead. "Selena has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember", reflected the supervisor, echoing the void of representation that so many immigrants live in the United States. "There were always two women who taught me I could do anything and be anything I set my mind to: my mom and Selena". "... The best thing I can say is thank you, Selena". In addition to the Doodle, Google will be rolling out a new exhibit for the late singer on its Arts & Culture website. Watching her showed me that this hybrid cultural identity of mine was a valuable gift I should embrace.
Selena Quintanilla had many hits throughout her career and one of her most prominent one was "Bidi Bidi Bom Bom" due to its catchy title and tune.
To hear even more about Selena's life, legacy, and the process of today's Doodle, check out this Talk at Google with Suzette, hosted at the offices of Google San Francisco. The little girl who had a dream and she became who she became.