“Well, when I am singing I am a completely different person. I could be very free, depending on the situation I could do what I want. I could have to deliver, as with many songs, a lot of emotion if a song is very sad as with a very happy and excited song. It depends, it depends. Compared to when I am in my, I am normal, like whomever, of the public.” —Selena Quintanilla
Known as the “Queen of Tejano Music,” Selena was one of the biggest musical icons of the 1990s. She was groundbreaking in many ways: she made waves in the then-male dominated Tejano music scene and set many milestones for a Spanish-speaking performer in the United States. Tragically, Selena died at the very young age of 23, killed by a deranged fan. However, her star still shines bright, as she helped make Latin music in the US more visible and mainstream and helped pave the path for other Latin artists. Here are some facts about Selena’s short yet incredible life and career and her enduring legacy and influence.
25. Charitable Acts
Throughout her short life, Selena made an effort to give back and lend a helping hand to many charities. She performed in many benefit concerts, raising money for AIDS victims, the relief efforts of Hurricane Andrew, and a program to help provide underprivileged children school supplies. She was also affiliated with organizations like Toys for Tots, D.A.R.E, and the Boys and Girls Club of America.