Biography: Selena Quintanilla

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Birth: Selena Quintanilla was a Mexican-American singer, actress, songwriter, spokesperson, and fashion designer. Selena was born on April 16, 1971 in Lake Jackson, Texas, U.S. Although she was born in the U.S. her mother is from Mexican descent. However, her father is American. Unfortunately, Selena died on March 31, 1995 in Corpus Christi, Texas. Yolanda Saldivar, the founder of Selena’s fan club was the one who murdered Selena. She got fired for stealing money from Selena’s boutique, but she still needed to make up all the money she embezzled. To do that she got lowered to a different position and started working off all the money she had stolen. Selena and Yolanda had become really good friends over time, but when Selena found out…show more content…
Selena’s sister, Suzette, which is the middle child was born on June 29, 1967. Suzette Quintanilla is currently fifty years old. Selena’s brother, Abraham, was born on December 13, 1963. Abraham Quintanilla the third or as he is better known “A.B.” is the oldest child and is currently fifty-three years old. Their mother, Marcella Samora, was born on July 17, 1944, and she is currently seventy-three. Abraham Quintanilla Jr. (Selena’s dad) was born on February 20, 1939, and he is currently seventy-eight years old. Selena got married to Chris Perez which was an American guitar player that played with Selena in her family band (Selena Y Los Dinos). Chris was born on August 14, 1969, and he is currently forty-eight years…show more content…
Around the age of eleven, Selena started focusing more on her band and concerts than on her school work. She started missing many days and getting very behind. During eighth grade Selena made the choice to stop going to school. To keep up with all of her schooling she took courses through the American School in Chicago. Finally in 1989 she got her GED (General Education Diploma). This document is equal to a high school diploma. When training at six years old, her father would give her vocal lessons along with her brother who was learning how to play the guitar. They formed a band and practiced daily.
Challenges Faced: Selena was Tejano and female. This caused her to not be viewed as important as male artists. Around this time is when Selena gained fame. After the Mexican-American war, Tejano’s were thought to be inferior to Anglo’s and were often controlled by them as well. At the time Selena became famous, the U.S. was having domestic problems with Latinos. With her being a female and Latina is was not easy for her to gain fame and fans at the time when not many people were into Latino’s. However, with Selena’s amazing talent she was able to gain fame in a male dominated Tejano music business.
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