The late singer Selena Quintanilla’s legacy has been honored with a rite of passage for iconic pop culture figures — a Madame Tussauds wax statue.
The Grammy-winning artist’s family members and fans gathered Tuesday for the unveiling ceremony at the rooftop of Madame Tussauds in Hollywood, Calif. The event coincided with the 21st anniversary of her fifth and final studio album, “Dreaming of You.”
Artisans re-created Quintanilla’s stage costume from her show held at the Memorial Coliseum in Corpus Christi, Texas, on Feb. 7, 1993 — two years before she was shot dead by her friend and former employee Yolanda Saldívar. The concert was recorded for the album “Live,“ which won the Grammy Award for Best Mexican-American Album in 1994.
The look features the singer donning a bedazzled bralette, black tights, a purple jacket and matching thigh-high boots designed with rhinestones.
Special guests included Jackie Guerra, who portrayed her sister Suzette in the 1997 “Selena” biopic (which starred Jennifer Lopez in the title role) and “Orange Is the New Black” actress Jackie Cruz (who broke down in tears while speaking to the late singer’s mother, Marcella Samora Quintanilla).
“I just met Selena’s mama…literally speechless,” she shared on Instagram.
In a statement, Selena’s sister Suzette Arriaga praised the museum’s artists for the waxwork’s likeness.
“On behalf of our family, we would like to express a huge amount of gratitude to Madame Tussauds in creating such an amazing lifelike wax figure of our beloved Selena,” she said. “This is yet another step in making sure that her legacy lives on and that her fans new and old can appreciate her as a person, an artist and one whom we can all identify with.”