28 Things You Didn’t Know About Selena

The one and only QUEEN of Tejano music.

1. Selena started singing at 6, recorded her first record at 8, and started touring when she was 9.

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2. Selena called her tour bus “Big Bertha.” It had no power steering, no heating, no air conditioning, no running water, no electricity, no restroom, AND the windows would not go down.

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3. There is a special memorial of her in Corpus Christi, Texas, called “Mirador de la Flor.”

The memorial statue on Corpus Christi’s bay front was unveiled on May 27, 1997. It cost around $600,000 to construct.

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4. She received the “Key of the City” in Houston on April 16, 1994.

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5. Selena dropped out of school and got her GED so she could perform full time because that is how her family made a living.

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6. The music video for “Amor Prohibido” was shot at Joshua Tree National Park in Southern California.

Selena wears two of her husband’s dress shirts (a red one and a white one).

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7. Selena had five dogs and a python snake.

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8. She was the first Tejano artist ever to win a Grammy Award.

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9. Selena was planning on recording a full album in English before her unexpected death in 1995. It was her lifelong dream.

She also said that her favorite songs to perform were “Como La Flor,” “Carcacha,” and “Amor Prohibido.”

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10. “No Me Queda Mas” was actually filmed in the San Antonio Amtrak station, at the grand staircase.

The white beaded gown is the same dress Selena wore to accept her Grammy Award for the album Live in 1994.

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11. Two weeks after her death, George W. Bush, governor of Texas at the time, declared April 16 “Selena Day” in Texas.

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April 16, 1971 is her birthday.

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12. Selena was raised as a Jehovah’s Witness.

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13. There’s a Selena Museum in Corpus Christi, Texas, which holds her Grammys, dresses, and other memorabilia.

The Selena Museum is visited by hundreds of fans each week. People from as far away as Japan, Australia, and Europe have visited.

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14. Beyoncé met Selena once at a mall in Houston.

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15. Selena had an extensive Faberge egg collection.

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16. The USPS honored her with a “Latin Music Legends” Forever stamp.

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17. Her parents were convinced they were having a boy. The name they had chosen was Marc Anthony.


Originally, her mother’s friend had selected that name for a girl she was going to have, but she had a boy, so Selena was given the name instead.

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18. She would watch Soul Train to learn new dance moves.

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19. Selena was buried in the purple outfit she wore to the 1995 Tejano Music Awards just a month before she died.

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Previous version of this included a photo of a different outfit.

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20. After every concert Selena always asked her dad, “How’d I do?”

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Selena’s biggest fear was that no one would come watch her perform.

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21. When asked what she would be doing if she wasn’t a singer, she said she would probably be working at Whataburger.

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22. She grew up performing with Los Dinos at her father’s Mexican food restaurant, Papagayo, in Lake Jackson, Texas.

Her dad made sure it had a stage and a dance floor. Selena and the band performed on weekends and developed a local following.

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23. In the months following her death, more than 600 baby girls throughout south Texas were named after Selena.

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Selena Gomez was named after her.

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24. Selena never took singing or dancing lessons.

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25. Originally, 13 songs were written for the album Dreaming of You, but only four songs were recorded before her death.


Dreaming Of You was certified 35 times platinum.

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26. She had a cameo on the Spanish TV novela Dos Mujeres, Un Camino.

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27. Selena designed all her stage outfits herself.

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28. Selena’s favorite food was double pepperoni thin-crusted Pizza.

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RIP Selena, who continues to live on through her music and her diehard fans.

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