8 Ways Selena Quintanilla Was Remembered and Honored in 2017

More than 20 years after her death, the queen of Tex-Mex keeps dazzling her fans. 

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Selena Quintanilla’s legacy lives on in 2017. In fact, it gets bigger. From Google’s Selena Doodle in October to Kim Kardashian and Demi Lovato’s Halloween costumes, the “Como La Flor” singer, who was shot in 1995 by Yolanda Saldívar, is still a pop cultural force. This is how the Tejano singer, fashion designer and philathropist was celebrated this year.

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A Google Doodle Was Released to Celebrate Her Music

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Selena was honored with a Google Doodle on Oct. 17, which marked the 28th anniversary of her first studio album “Selena.” The Doodle was a passion project created by Perla Campos, global marketing lead for Google Doodles, who worked alongside the Quintanilla family for two years to make it happen.

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She Received a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

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On Nov. 3, Selena was awarded a posthumous star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, which her family accepted on her behalf. Shortly after, controversy ensued over her married name, Perez, not being reflected on her plaque.

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'Selena Day' Declared in the City of Los Angeles

Selena Quintanilla Honored Posthumously With Star On The Hollywood Walk Of Fame
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Nov. 3 was also proclaimed “Selena Day” by Los Angeles’ mayor Eric Garcetti and actress Eva Longoria. “They don’t give this honor to everyone, so I’m beyond honored… to be able to participate in the making of it, priceless,” her sister Suzette Quintanilla wrote on Facebook.

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El Secreto de Selena TV Series Announced on Telemundo

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Based on a book of the same name by Maria Celeste Arrarás, El Secreto de Selena became a TV miniseries produced by Telemundo. After a leaked trailer showing a gruesome scene sparked controversy, fans asked Telemundo to reconsider the series’ release. The debut is now slated for 2018.

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Kim Kardashian and Demi Lovato Honor Selena on Halloween

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Both stars chose to dress up as Selena Quintanilla for Halloween. It’s hard to say which one is more convincing, since both passed as dead ringers for the Tejano queen. Still, Kardashian ignited a cultural appropriation debate with fans arguing she was not entitled to wear a Selena costume since she’s not Latina.

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Selena's Early Life Captured in Children's Book

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A new children’s book penned by Patty Rodriguez and Ariana Stein narrates Selena’s early years as a singer with her family’s band Selena y Los Dinos. The book, titled The Life of La Vida de Selena, is aimed at bilingual children.

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The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History Recognized Selena's Marketing Genius

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Photograph for coca cola ad featuring Selena 1994 by Al Rendon

A September exhibition highlighted Selena’s genius for marketing and how the late singer changed the advertising game. One campaign included in the exhibit is a 1998 Coca-Cola ad by Lionel Sosa of Sosa, Bromley, Aguilar & Associates (now The Bromley Communications). The singer shot three commercials with the brand before her death.

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A Documentary Reenacted Selena’s Last Moments

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Selena’s death was portrayed in the documentary Murder Made Me Famous: Yolanda Saldívar, which aired on Dec. 9. In the documentary, Saldívar revealed her motive behind fatally shooting Quintanilla in 1995. According to PEOPLE crime reporter Steve Helling: “Yolanda was firing boutique employees left and right because of cash flow problems. But those problems were because of Yolanda. She was stealing money from the company bank account."

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