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42 Reasons Selena Was Awesome

In honor of what would've been the late singer's 42nd birthday.

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1. Selena was only 9 when she formed "Selena y Los Dinos" with her siblings.

When her father, Abraham Quintanilla Jr., heard Selena's voice, he encouraged the rest of his children to ignite their musical talents and form the band.


3. Before being signed by EMI Latin, Selena y Los Dinos sold 80,000 copies of her albums in Texas alone.

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This was the point at which Selena was forced to drop "Los Dinos" and go solo. The logo title was simply "Selena," but her siblings still served as her band throughout the years.


8. In 1992, she secretly married her guitarist, Chris Perez.*_zC7oTLJEqEE*TFHAb2LKrhI*AAAAAAAALE4*7KfVx1lYXCw*s800*0331selenawedding_t607.jpg

Her father disapproved of their relationship and went as far as threatening to fire Chris. Luckily, Abraham came to accept their romance.

10. In 1993, Selena opened her own clothing boutique equipped with an in-house beauty salon.

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Her family used to joke that she only opened a salon to get pampered for free.

12. Twelve days after the win, she released Amor Prohibido, which became the best-selling Latin album of all time.


13. Her signature song "Bidi Bidi Bom Bom" was originally not on the album.

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But she played it at shows and everyone loved it. Obviously.



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