In the vibrant world of music and fashion, few stars shone as brightly as Selena Quintanilla-Pérez, often simply referred to as Selena. Hailing from Texas and crowned the “Queen of Tejano music” or the “Mexican Madonna,” Selena wasn't just a vocal powerhouse; she was also a style icon.
With every performance, award show, and public appearance, she seamlessly merged her cultural roots with contemporary trends, creating an unmistakable signature style. Iconic glam elements—from her embellished bustiers, bold red lips, and sequins to her chic two-piece sets with mariachi-inspired bolero jackets and crop tops embracing her Tejano background—were complemented by western touches such as western belt buckles and silver cowboy boots, celebrating her Texan origins.
Each outfit told a story, a reflection of her unique blend of confidence, elegance, and heritage.
Selena collaborated with her mother and designed stage outfits that truly mirrored her distinct aesthetic. In 1994, she expanded her fashion influence by launching 'Selena Etc.', a clothing store with two locations in Texas. Her untimely passing at just 23 sent shockwaves across the globe, deeply affecting the music world and the Latin community. Yet, even in her brief life, Selena’s immense talent and trailblazing style have forged an everlasting legacy.
Journey with us as we revisit some of Selena's most iconic fashion moments, where she captivated audiences not just with her voice but also with her bold fashion choices.
San Antonio Texas, 1992
Quintanilla-Pérez, originally from the Lone Star State of Texas, honored her roots in a red suede fringe jacket and matching chaps. In pure Selena fashion, the look was a blend of cowboy and glam, accentuated by silver embellishments and a red bustier top.
Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, 1993
Selena stuns in one of her signature rhinestoned bustier bralettes, high-waisted pants, and oversized buckle belt. This outfit is the perfect encapsulation of the style that made the singer so iconic.
Portrait by Al Rendon, 1993
The "Como la Flor" singer looked radiant during a portrait session wearing a crystal embellished jacket with her go-to accessories: a bustier and buckle belt
Grammy Awards, 1994
In 1994, Selena Quintanilla-Pérez, made history at the 36th Annual Grammy Awards. She won the award for "Best Mexican-American Album" for her album "Live!.” This Grammy win was a major moment in Selena's career, marking her as the first female Tejano artist to take home the prestigious award. For the event she wore a gorgeous silver and white embellished halter gown by Lillie Rubin.
Grammy Awards After Party, 1994
Pictured here after her historic Grammy win posing with Simon Le Bon of Duran Duran, Quintanilla-Pérez was the epitome of glamor in an embellished strapless gown, statement earrings, and an elegant updo.
Premios Furia Musical, 1994
Selena graced the first annual Premios Furia Musical awards in an ultra-glamorous mirrored dress. This ensemble encapsulated the essence of Selena’s unique style and has become one of her most iconic looks. Today, this piece of fashion history is on display at the Selena Museum in Corpus Christi, Texas.
San Antonio, 1994
The singer went for a white-on-white ensemble for this performance but amped up the volume with pearl-fringed cowboy boots and, of course, another bustier.
Amor Prohibido Album Cover, 1994
Selena's fourth studio album, “'Amor Prohibido,” released in 1994, stands as a pivotal chapter in music history. This Grammy-nominated masterpiece, contending for Best Mexican-American Album, emerged as the first Tejano record to dominate the Billboard Top Latin Albums chart, maintaining a top-five presence for an unprecedented 98 consecutive weeks. The album's influence extended beyond its chart success, playing a vital role in bringing Tejano music to a broader audience and solidifying its place in music. The cover of “Amor Prohibido” is equally iconic: Selena, the undisputed Queen of Tejano music, wore a white lace ruffled blouse paired with a sleek leather jacket. Her signature red lip and gold hoops complete the look.
Hard Rock Cafe Opening, 1995
Quintanilla-Pérez looked striking in an androgynous, silver pinstripe suit, which she paired with bold hoop earrings, adding a touch of glam. This was her look of choice for the Hard Rock Cafe opening in San Antonio, where she performed.
Houston Astrodome Livestock Show & Rodeo Backstage, 1995
After rocking her iconic performance look, the singer slipped into something a bit more comfortable backstage at the Houston Astrodome Livestock Show & Rodeo.
Tejano Music Awards, 1995
This bold look captures the decadence of the 90s with it's oversized shoulders, quilted texture and blingy adornments. While this could easily over power normal wearers, Selena pulls it off with ease
Houston Astrodome Show, 1995
At the Houston Astrodome Livestock Show & Rodeo, Selena delivered one of her most iconic fashion moments. This was also Quintanilla-Pérez’s last televised performance before she was shot just one month later. She dazzled in a sparkly purple jumpsuit paired with a matching jacket. This memorable look has since been emulated as a favorite Halloween costume by celebrities including Kim Kardashian, Demi Lovato, America Ferrera, and Ciara.
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