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Traditional Latina Beauty Trends That Have Gone Mainstream And Been Appropriated

If there’s anything that the debate over cultural appropriation has taught us in the past few years, it’s that oftentimes the mainstream likes to pick and choose what they deem “cool” from a culture they’ve traditionally shunned and claim ownership of it. One could argue that this phenomenon has disproportionately affected Latina beauty trends.

Sure, some of these beauty trends don’t exclusively “belong” to Latinx cultures, but others were born and raised in Latinx countries. So, without further ado, let’s run down the list of traditionally Latina beauty trends that have gone mainstream (whether we like it or not).

1. Baby Hairs

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Although there have been countless articles and think-pieces bemoaning the appropriation of baby hairs, it’s worth repeating here. It’s frustrating that something that has been so traditionally maligned by white America has suddenly shown up on every runway and editorial magazine spread. Although we’re loving this trend because it celebrates something that has been so much a part of Latinx beauty cultures for decades, we can’t help but feel annoyed as well. We guess this trend just needed a Vogue stamp of approval to know what we’ve known all along: slicked down baby hairs are fierce AF.

2. Over-lined Lips

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We put this one squarely on the shoulders of Kylie Jenner. Latinas have been overlining their lips decades before Jenner swooped in. Believe us when we say she didn’t discover MAC’s “Spice” lipliner. We have explicit memories of our mothers applying lip liner in front of the mirror with care before a big night. Like many other Latina beauty trends, there seems to be a general consensus that bigger is better. Which brings us to…

3. Killer Curves

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Look, Latinas didn’t invent big booties. And not all Latinas have the same body shape! But it’s worth noting that traditionally, Latinx folks have celebrated a curvaceous figure instead of viewing it as undesirable. As Jennifer Lopez, the Booty Queen herself, once said: “My generation was very much focused on size 0 models…My mom and my grandmother were the ones who drilled into me, ‘This is how we are, and this is what’s beautiful’…Everybody I grew up with [had bodies like mine], and they were all beautiful to me”. Preach Jen! We’re right there with you.

4. Bold Brows

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It took the advent of Cara Delevigne for the mainstream to finally recognize unruly eyebrows as the thing of beauty that they truly are. The problem is, they’ve always been beautiful to us. One could argue that the most famous pair of eyebrow(s) in history belonged to a Latina. We’re talking about Frida Kahlo, of course. Frida purposefully kept her unibrow intact as a silent protest to anglo-centric beauty standards that she considered oppressive to the Latina body. In addition to that, It’s also worth mentioning that most Latinas haven’t met an eyebrow pencil they didn’t like. There’s power in the brows, ladies.

5. Bold Red Lips

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Okay, okay. This is one of those beauty “secrets” that is claiming it belongs to Latinas is a little controversial. However, there is some merit to the argument. As a very eloquent Refinery 29 article pointed out, Latinas’ relationship to red lipstick spans from Frida Kahlo to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Latinas have used red on their lips to emphasize their confidence, their femininity and their presence in general. As Dominican-American author Junot Díaz once eloquently wrote: “She’s applying her lipstick; I’ve always believed that the universe invented the color red solely for Latinas”. 

6. Bronzed, Glowy Skin

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Let’s be real: long before the #highlightonfleek movement, it was none other than the Latina Icon herself, Jennifer Lopez, who knew how to light up the room with her skin. But Jennifer Lopez isn’t the only one who has been committed to keeping it golden. Latin culture has always valued a sun-kissed look–especially the Latinx communities based in hot, humid places like Miami, Puerto Rico, and The Dominican Republic. Having a healthy glow means you’ve been on the beach, basking in the sun, which is how many Latinas spent their childhood.

Read: 20 Latina Makeup YouTubers Representing Brown Girl Beauty

7. Hoop Earrings

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Latinas have been rocking hoop earrings long before this current wave of hoop-mania swept Instagram. Therefore, it’s slightly irksome that something that was labeled as too “ghetto” or “chola” before is now classified as red-carpet worthy. Like many writers have stated before, it’s not that non-Latinx people aren’t allowed to wear hoop earrings, it’s just that it’s wrong to give the white celebrities credit for a trend that Latinas have been doing for decades. It’s simply another example of how white America admires exoticism as long as it’s not too “other”.

Read: These 20 Latinas Went From Beauty Fans To Makeup Moguls

8. Beauty Marks

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Beauty marks have a long history as an aesthetic trend (just look at old portraits in any art museum). But in recent memory, it’s worth noting that beauty marks have been predominantly acknowledged as beautiful in Latinx cultures. There’s a reason the stereotypical “Chola look” conjures up images of girls with arched eyebrows and a beauty mark painted above their lips. Yes, people from all over the world can be born with cute birthmarks, but it’s inaccurate to give all the credit for their popularity to Cindy Crawford. Latinas have celebrated and emphasized their beauty marks for generations!

Read: 21 Beauty Products Our Latina Moms Forced On Us In The ’90s

9. Long Acrylic Nails

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Long acrylic nails really blew up in 2017 when Kylie Jenner began Instagramming her manicures. From that point forward, long acrylics officially hit the mainstream and were dubbed “Kylie Jenner’s Long Nail Trend”. This is frustrating because, for decades, Latinas’ love of long acrylics has been the butt of joke after joke. Not to mention, before the Kylie Jenner made them “cool”, the mainstream consensus was that they were “tacky” or “ghetto”. This just further reiterates the idea that Latinas’ beauty trends are often only accepted by the mainstream when a white celebrity promotes it.

Read: 25 Reasons Why Hialeah Should Be The Nail Acrylic Art Capital Of The World

10. Día de Los Muertos Makeup

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Unsurprisingly, this “beauty trend” falls squarely under the “appropriation” category. It only takes a quick Pinterest search to discover the hundreds of non-Latinx bloggers and aspiring fashionistas who make up their faces in imitation of the traditional Dia de Los Muertos calaveras face painting. It’s understandable that the costumes and the makeup are beautiful–breathtaking, even. But what many non-Latinx people fail to realize is that for many Latinxs, Dia de Los Muertos is a spiritual, personal tradition that shouldn’t be used for views of their blog-posts.

11. Bandanna Headband

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The bandanna headband is a hallmark of Chicana style in the Western states and started as a way for Latinas to reclaim for themselves what was often viewed as a negative image. It coincided with the Chicano Movement of the 1960s when people of largely Mexican descent in the Southwest US decided to demand equality from the government. Although the trend started among manual workers as, obviously, a means to keep the hair out of their face, it evolved into a proud fashion statement that Latinas chose to make–a reclaiming of the roots they had, up until then, been told they should be ashamed of. It’s not become a hallmark of the “Urban Chic” fashion aesthetic.

Read: 30 Ways I’ve Changed My Hair By Age 30 — And What I Learned

12. Long Flowing Hair

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For the most part, hairstyle trends are cyclical. For example, short bobs were all the rage in the 1920s while bouffant-like beehives were popular in the ‘50s. But now we’re in an era where long flowing hair with a loose wave is in. Obviously, not all Latinas look alike nor have the same skin color, facial features, or hair across Latinx countries. But whether we like it or not, most Latinx cultures have traditionally held up long, flowing hair as a standard of beauty. At this moment in time, this beauty trend that was standard in Latinx communities is officially mainstream.

Read: 21 Hairstyles J.Lo Has Rocked Since The ’90s

13. Brown Lipstick

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It’s a truth universally acknowledged that in the 90s, Latinas were about that brown lipstick. Don’t believe us? Google your favorite Latina celeb + “90s” and you’ll probably find a plethora of photos of Latina celebrities on Google images who used to use the plummy-dark lipstick as their favorite shade. Unlike some beauty “trends” (ahem, Dia de Los Muertos), this one was not born and raised in the Latinx community, but it definitely took it by storm. Now, Insta-celebs like Gigi Hadid and Kylie Jenner have pushed it mainstream again. And we don’t even have to go to Sephora to restock! All it takes is a trip to mom’s old makeup bag.

Read: 21 Lipsticks Made By Latinas For Latinxs

14. Puebla Dresses

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Embroidered Puebla Dresses have roots all the way back to 19th century Mexico. Needless to say, this beautiful piece of clothing has remained a staple for any Mexican woman who likes to celebrate her culture. That’s why we were surprised when we saw a version of it show up on the runways of Alberta Ferretti. It’s always interesting when a fashion designer recognizes the beauty of Latinx culture and re-interprets it with a high-fashion twist.

15. Brazilian Blowouts

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Named after the country where it originated, Brazilian Blowouts are a hair treatment that smooths frizz and tames fly-aways by bonding keratin to the hair’s cuticle. Usually called the escova progressiva (progressive blowout) in Brazil, Brazilians loved it because many of them are mestiças (mixed-race people) with hair that ranges the spectrum from kinky-coily to poker straight. Around 2007, Brazilian Blowout-mania hit the US and it’s been mainstream ever since. We guess it was a secret to groundbreaking to stay quiet.

Read: We Dug Around To Find Out What High Coverage Makeup Celebrities Wear To Withstand The Heat

16. Frida’s Flower Crowns

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Along with her aforementioned unibrow, society remembers Frida Kahlo for always wearing a colorful flower crown. Due to Frida’s rise to mainstream popularity, this flower crown has become the accessory du jour for the hipster-chic Urban Outfitters crowd. Usually accompanied by her signature braided up-do and middle part, this look is popular because it signals that it’s wearer is aware of how awesome Frida was. Which is great, because she was. But let’s not forget that Mexicans and Mexican-Americans have been celebrating her memory with this same accessory years before it hit the mainstream.

Read: 20 Designs For Your Baby Hairs That’ll Look Even Better Than When Momma Did It

17. Cross Jewelry

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We’ve come a long way since that infamous Sex and the City episode where Carrie Bradshaw called gold jewelry “ghetto” and that she would only wear it as costume jewelry. Now, celebs are commonly decked out on the red carpet with gold cros earrings, necklaces, and their bracelets–and this trend is being labeled as “new”. In 2016, fashion outlets were labeling it as the latest “cool girl” jewelry trend. But we know better. Latinas have been wearing crosses for decades to celebrate their heritage as well as their relationship to spirituality.

Read: 20 Fruity And Flowery Summer Manicure Looks To Add To Your To-Rock List

18. Chola Style

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We understand why the traditional “Chola Style” of baggy pants, dark lined lips, and buttoned-up plaid shirts has swept runways recently. It’s simple: because it’s cool. The origins of the Chola aesthetic originate in working-class Chicanas circles in the South-Western US. Chicanas created their own style to reject white culture. They utilized hand-me-down menswear and an exaggerated makeup look to blend tough and feminine styles together. Also optional: big gold jewelry, a bandanna as a headband, and a wife-beater tank top. Before Hollywood appropriated the look, the Chola style symbolized femininity, toughness, non-conformity and the history of struggle in the Chicana community.

Read: 21 Things We’ve Learned About Camila Cabello’s “Havana” Makeup Line Since It Dropped

19. The Cat-Eye

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Latinas have always been queens of painting their eyes up with a sultry, cat-like flick at the end that many have seen as “exotic”. There’s a reason why many classic Hollywood movies that depicted Latinas depicted them in bright red, with plump lips and a winged cat eye–it was a look that was coded as “Latin Lover”. But maybe it wasn’t so much “exotic” as it was Latina women choosing not to assimilate to the more mellowed-down makeup preferred by mainstream America. Now, of course, there isn’t a pop star on the red carpet that doesn’t rock the Cat-Eye look.

20. Bejeweled Bustier

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One of Selena Quintanilla’s signature looks, who doesn’t remember that scene in Selena when Jennifer Lopez puts one on for the first time, much to the dismay of her father? Flash-forward to the mid-2000s, Selena’s jeweled bustier has seen iterations on everyone from Katy Perry to Taylor Swift. It’s the ultimate pop star costume: sexy, glittery, and just as revealing as you want it to be. Let’s not forget to attribute the trend to the woman that started it all, though: Selena Quintanilla.

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Cardi B To Make Feature Film Debut In Stripper Scam Movie ‘Hustlers’ Alongside J. Lo


Cardi B To Make Feature Film Debut In Stripper Scam Movie ‘Hustlers’ Alongside J. Lo

Cardi B has dominated the music charts with bangers that allude to her past life as a New York City stripper, and now the hip-hip star is ready to take over the big screen as a scammin’ dancer in the film “Hustlers.”

Deadline reports that the movie, set in New York during the 2008 financial crisis, is a tale of strippers who join together to swindle their Wall Street clients. Written and directed by Lorene Scafaria (The Meddler), “Hustlers” is based on a 2015 article by Jessica Pressler for New York Magazine titled “The Hustlers at Scores.”

The film will also star Jennifer Lopez, who Cardi worked with in 2018 on the hit “Dinero,” as well as Constance Wu (“Crazy Rich Asians”), Lili Reinhart (Riverdale), Keke Palmer (Scream Queens), Julia Stiles (“Silver Linings Playbook”) and Oscar-winner Mercedes Ruehl (“The Fisher King”).

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Lopez is also producing the movie alongside STXfilms, Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas and Benny Medina, who collaborated previously on the 2018 rom-com “Second Act.”

While “Hustlers” will mark Cardi’s first major acting role, she isn’t new to the screen. The Bronx rapper appeared as herself on Love and Hip Hop: New York for two seasons, before her explosive music career, and made a guest appearance on Gabrielle Union’s BET series Being Mary Jane in 2017.

Shooting for the film will begin on March 22, 2019, and we’re all excited to see our fave Dominican-Trinidadian on the big screen.

Read: It’s The Beginning Of The Year And Cardi B and Selena Gomez Have Already Topped Spotify’s Most-Streamed Female Artists

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🤩 20 Remarkable Mementos You’ll See at the Selena Museum


🤩 20 Remarkable Mementos You’ll See at the Selena Museum

In 1995, the world lost the Queen of Tejano music, Selena Quintanilla Perez. Immediately following her death, mass vigils were held around the Latinidad to honor our lost reina. After her death, fans turned to her music for consolation and relief as they mourned the musician. Even after 24 years, the superstar is still grieved and celebrated by her fans.

Festivals are held around the world each year in honor of Selena’s birthday, life and death. Murals of the Queen of Tejano still grace neighborhoods from Texas to California to Mexico. Even international brands like MAC Cosmetics, Forever 21 and Target still collaborate with Selena’s estate to bring fans new merchandise.

While these all immortalize Selena’s legacy, there’s only one museum in the world dedicated to the Queen of Tejano.

In Selena’s hometown of Corpus Christi Texas — only a few miles from her final resting place — is Q Productions. Founded in 1993, Q Productions is the actual studio Selena recorded in with her father, Abraham, and Los Dinos. While it’s still an operating studio, the big draw of the location is the Selena Quintanilla Museum. Featuring mementos, collectables and memories from the iconic Latina’s life and career, it’s a visit that every Selena fan should make.

Here are some of the remarkable artifacts you will find at the Selena Museum.

1. Selena’s red convertible

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It’s now over 30 years old, but this racy red convertible was Selena’s favorite car. In fact, before she bought the 1986 Porsche, she purchased a new black Porsche hatchback instead. However, something just didn’t vibe for the Queen of Tejano and she traded that one in for this older model. It could be because it’s paint job matches the Latina’s signature red lip but this ride just says, “Selena.”

2. The entire Selena MAC makeup line

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In 2016, international makeup company MAC Cosmetics launched a line inspired by Selena. The Selena MAC collection was so well received that it sold out online within HOURS. The full line is on display at the Selena Museum — sporting products with names like “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom,” “Missing My Baby” and “No Me Queda Mas.”

3. Selena’s fashion sketches

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Anyone who has seen Selena knows that the musician had an incredible sense of style. She had first-hand input in her styling because she designed many of her most iconic looks. Had she not become a musician, Selena wanted to become a fashion designer. In fact, before her death, Selena had opened two boutiques — one in Corpus Christi and one in San Antonio. Another was planned for Monterrey, Mexico however it was never built. Following her death, both locations closed but you can still see the sketches that started it all.

4. Selena’s childhood dolls

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It’s easy to forget that the legendary Queen of Tejano started off as a little girl, singing songs to her father’s guitar. These sweet reminders of her childhood give us a glimpse into the Selena that only her family know. The baby doll and old Raggedy Anne are toys saved by Selena’s parents and immortalized in the museum. To them, she will always be their little girl.

5. Fan mail from around the world

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Selena got her start in South Texas but soon achieved stardom that reached around the world. At the Selena Museum, you’ll find devoted fan mail from places like Japan, Uruguay, Peru, Hungary and New Zealand. You can still send fan mail to Q Productions and share your own love and appreciation for Selena.

6. An original manuscript for “Selena”

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Soon after Selena’s death in 1995, studios began vying for the rights to Selena’s life. The Quintanilla Family wanted to make sure Selena’s spirit was especially respected in any depiction of the departed musician. With this in mind, they became very involved in the film of her life. In 1997, “Selena” debuted to critical acclaim and would arguably be the role that made Jennifer Lopez’s career. At the Selena Museum, you’ll find an original manuscript for the screenplay that would become “Selena.”

7. Selena’s famous bustiers

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Before pop stars’ became more open with baring a little skin, Selena made the bustier a staple for her wardrobe. Much to her dad Abraham’s dismay, Selena came up with design herself. The fashionista would sow sequins onto regular bras for a show-stopping look. It’s a good thing that Abe eased his anti-bustier stance. They’re further proof that Selena was a star ahead of her time.

8. Selena’s egg collection

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If you’ve seen “Selena,” you know the Queen of Tejano had an odd little collection. She liked to collect eggs; specifically, Faberge eggs. The Russian treasures are a luxury that Selena adored and the singer had plenty in her collection. In case you’re curious, the collection DOES NOT include that egg ring from She-Who-Will-Not-Be-Named.

9. Selena’s Grammy dress

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Since fashion is such an essential part of who she was, the Selena Museum has several of the late star’s iconic outfits. One that’s exceptionally gorgeous is the Lillie Rubin white sequin dress she wore to the Grammys. You might remember that legendary scene in “Selena” with the rude boutique clerk and swarm of fans. That scene was inspired by a memorable shopping trip in Houston to buy that dress.

10. Collectable Selena dolls

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Raise your hand if you had one of these babies as a kid. Selena has been memorialized in several different ways but the different collectable dolls made in her image may be the most awesome. At the Selena Museum, there is a collection of six Selena dolls — all sporting one of her signature looks.

11. The studio Selena used to record her final album

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Q Productions has been a working studio since it’s opening in the 90s. To this day, it still accommodates musicians but Selena was their first ever recording artist. Infact, Selena recorded her final album — “Dreaming of You” — at Q Productions.

12. And the very microphone she used, too

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Including Suzette’s first drum kit and Abraham’s prized piano, Q Productions has many treasures on display. One you’ll be able to see is the very mic Selena used to record “Dreaming of You.” The album debuted number 1 on the Billboard 200; the first ever predominantly Spanish-language album to do so.

13. The outfit from the cover of “Amor Prohibido”

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One of Selena’s most iconic looks is the fierce leather and lace outfit featured on the album cover for “Amor Prohibido.” This album proved to be one of Selena’s biggest. Besides being a solid listen from start to finish, it also features hits “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom,” “Yo Me Queda Más” and “Techno Cumbia.” The popularity of this album ensured that Selena will forever be remembered for this look.

14. Selena’s Grammy

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For all of Selena’s talent and popularity, she was honored with many awards in her career. The prize of that collection is the 1994 Grammy she won for Best Mexican/American Album. This Grammy made history for the first win by a female Tejano singer. There’s no telling how many more of these she would have won had her life not been cut tragically short.

15. The plaque honoring Selena’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

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In 2017, Selena was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The ceremony drew 4,500 fans — the largest gathering to ever attend an unveiling. This plaque was presented to the Quintanilla family to commemorate the historic event and moreover recognize Selena’s legacy.

16. Buckles celebrating Selena’s Houston Rodeo preformances

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Selena played the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo a total of three times. While all three concerts drew huge crowds, her 1995 appearance broke attendance records for the Houston Astrodome. Following the concerts, these commemorative belt buckles were presented to Selena to celebrate her successful shows.

17. A custom Selena guitar from the Fiesta de la Flor

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Every year, celebrations of Selena’s life happen all over the world. One such event happens in Corpus Christi. Since 2014, Fiesta de la Flor — an event with music, food, a mercado and all things Chicano — has been held for Selena’s memory. At the Selena Museum, you can see a custom guitar that bares the Queen of Tejano’s face from the event.

18. Selena’s jewelry collection

As someone who lived for fashion, it’s only natural that Selena would love a good accessory. The Selena Museum has on display a large collection of jewelry owned and worn by the musician herself. Some items were gifts from loved ones like husband Chris, while others were gifted by fans.

19. Condolence letters from world figures

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When Selena passed away, the whole world mourned. The loss of such a vibrant, beautiful and kind young woman was such a tragedy that even world leaders took notice. On display at the Selena Museum are several noted condolence letters from the likes of Larry King, President Bill Clinton, and then-Texas Governor George W. Bush.

20. Selena’s famous purple jumpsuit

Remember that record-breaking performance at the Houston Rodeo? Even if you’ve never seen footage of the big event, there’s no doubt that you’ve seen Selena’s look from that night. The famous purple jumpsuit she wore to the 1995 Houston Rodeo has become the most recognizable outfit from Selena’s memorable wardrobe. At the Selena Museum, you can take a selfie with it and immortalize your love for the Queen of Tejano.

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