Last year, MAC Cosmetics made one of Selena’s dreams come true with the creation of a limited-edition Selena-inspired makeup line.
“It was the best moment ever for me,” Suzette said, explaining how an online petition created in 2015 by Patty Rodriguez, a senior producer at Ryan Seacrest's morning radio show in Los Angeles, set everything in motion.
After the petition went viral, Suzette got a call from MAC representatives asking if Selena’s estate would be willing to sit with them to talk about a potential collaboration. A year later, the makeup line debuted nationwide, followed by an international launch.
“When we were coming up with the palette colors, I told them during a conference call that I had Selena’s makeup case and asked them if it was OK if I sent them photos of [all her makeup items] so they could match the color palette to what she wore,” Suzette explained.
“They loved that idea. They matched everything to her own makeup,” she continued. “We added a purple eyeshadow that we named after her. It was something from me to her, a type of dedication. It was literally a full circle moment for me.”
“This is her line,” she said. “She is a part of it, it’s not just her name. It is her.”
2015 continued to be a year of firsts for the Quintanilla family. While collaborating with MAC and planning the 2nd annual Fiesta de la Flor Festival, representatives from Madame Tussauds called about the possibility of a Selena wax figure.
“That was such an honor,” said Suzette. “The process was very interesting for the Madame Tussauds figure. They came from London, measured and took photos of Selena’s outfits. We talked about her hair, they took pictures of my eyeballs and eyes, because Selena and I had similar eye color. They Skyped me from London when they started molding the statue and I would give them direction. ‘More booty, too much hip. OK, too much booty, bring her leg in,’” she recalled.