Twenty-two years after her homicide, the legendary Selena Quintanilla has lastly obtained a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
The ceremony, held on Friday in Hollywood, was attended by a whole bunch of the late singer’s followers who lined the famed Hollywood Boulevard for hours ready for the star to be unveiled.
Stars like Eva Longoria and Edward James Olmos (who performed Selena’s father, Abraham, within the 1997 movie about her life) attended, together with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.
Her household, together with her father, sister Suzette, brother A.B., and her widower Chris Perez, had been additionally there.
“Selena was an angel,” Garcetti mentioned earlier than reporters and followers. “While she was taken from us way too early, we now have something permanent that generation after generation after generation can see in the most famous neighborhood anywhere in the world.”
Longoria additionally spoke concerning the fellow Texan and “Dreaming of You” singer, saying, “It’s beyond humbling to stand here on behalf of a person that I myself owe so much to.”
Tearing up, the actress mentioned, “I promised myself I wasn’t going to cry.”
“Because as Eric said, this star isn’t only for Selena,” Longoria continued. “It’s for every Latina who’s out there, who has ever had a dream. Growing up there was no reflection of me anywhere, not on TV, not in movies, not in music, and it was as if someone like me didn’t exist in American mainstream.”
“That all changed when a bright, young singer named Selena came and changed the landscape of music entertainment,” Longoria mentioned.
Suzette helped within the preparation of her sister’s star, and spoke as she accepted the award in honor of her sister and household.
“I feel like we’ve crossed different generations. We’re now in a whole new generation of millennials and I’m very grateful on behalf of my family and myself for them embracing her and finding her,” Suzette mentioned. “I want to keep this short and sweet. I want to thank my parents, especially my father for having that vision and being able to guide us throughout our whole career and for teaching us that we can succeed as long as we put in hard work. I hope that sets the example for all of our youth that’s out there.”
“I think Selena said it best, ‘The impossible is possible.’” she continued. “I’ll leave you with this, Selena said, ‘The goal isn’t to live forever, but to create something that will.’ And I think tonight is a perfect testament of that.”
The late singer’s husband, Perez, laid white roses over her star. On Thursday night time, he stopped by the hid star on Hollywood Boulevard, captioning a photograph on Instagram with, “Had to stop by, give a kiss, and say, “I’ll see you tomorrow.””
Quintanilla was murdered in a motel in her hometown of Corpus Christi, Texas, in 1995 by Yolanda Saldivar, who labored as a manger of the singer’s clothes boutiques.
The star is a fruits of a busy yr for the deceased singer. A MAC Cosmetics line impressed by her signature seems to be was created, as soon as once more proving her legacy was alive in 21st century popular culture.
Google created a Doodle on it’s search bar in her honor in October, whereas wax replicas of her exist in Madame Tussauds in Hollywood and New York City.