Today is Selena’s 25th death anniversary and she is still alive in our hearts! The legend started singing at the age of 10 as she accompanied her family band “Selena Y Los Dinos”. Selena has a sturdy fan base and a huge chunk of them constitutes Latinos, who continue to see the Tejano superstar as the quintessence of American pop-culture. Monica Peralta, one of the biggest admirers of Selena has kept Selena’s legacy alive with the help of her Youtube channel where she shows how you can re-structure Selena’s fashionable stage attires.
“I felt that she was very easy for me to connect to because growing up, she was one of the only people that I could really see myself in,” said Peralta, who lives in Paramount, California.
″… She was a young Mexican American Latina who was also struggling with Spanish and just trying to be successful in life.”
Her murder in 1995 by the manager of her fan club, Yolanda SaldÍvar, who is currently serving a life sentence, came just as she was poised to cross over to the English-speaking market.
The Latina community hasn’t forgotten her. Instead, they’ve passed on her music and their fandom like a family heirloom. Another example of this, Roger Gomez of Santa Ana, California, who became a fan when he was 16, after being moved by news coverage of her death. Gomez, now 41, said he sees Selena’s fan base growing “every single day.”
“Now that we’re getting to the age where we have kids and are starting to have grandkids, we’re passing on to that generation the love of her music and everything that we’ve known about Selena throughout the years,” Gomez said.
He created a chat group to speak with other fans, which turned into a website, LoveSelena.com and eventually fan pages on Facebook and Instagram.
Even after 25 years of her death, Selena still resides in the hearts of thousands of her Latino fans and taste for her music is ever-growing.