Selena Quintanilla finally has her own wax figure!
The late Tejano singer's family, including Selena's brother, A.B. Quintanilla, and older sister, Suzette Arriaga, were on hand to celebrate the big reveal at Madame Tussauds Hollywood on Tuesday. The event, which saw hundreds of gleeful fans cheer on the life-like figure, also marked the 21st anniversary of the GRAMMY winner’s fifth and final studio album, Dreaming of You.
"On behalf of our family we would like to express a huge amount of gratitude to Madame Tussauds in creating such an amazing life-like wax figure of our beloved Selena," Arriaga said in a statement.
Selena was 23 years old when she was shot and killed by one of her fan club employees, Yolanda Saldívar, in 1995.
"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," Arriaga added.
Also in attendance was Orange Is the New Black star Jackie Cruz, who couldn't hold back her tears after meeting Selena's mother, Marcella.
Cruz later posted a photo of herself posing with Selena's wax figure. "Selena was and continues to be, an idol for so many, especially for young girls who dreamt of being singers and entertainers. Myself included," she wrote. "Thank you for breaking all the barriers you did for Latinas, for women and for young girls in entertainment. Thank you for whole heartedly pursuing all your passions from designer to musician, because in that pursuit you tore down doors for many of us."
I had the honor of being at the unveiling of Selena @tussaudsla Yesterday! Selena was and continues to be, an idol for so many, especially for young girls who dreamt of being singers and entertainers. Myself included. Thank you for breaking all the barriers you did for Latinas, for women and for young girls in entertainment. Thank you for whole heartedly pursuing all your passions from designer to musician, because in that pursuit you tore down doors for many of us. Selena's life was cut short but her impact, legacy and most importantly her music will never be forgotten. #selenaquintanilla #neverforgotten #mireina👑 thank you @nelsontavareznt for this custom Selena inspired design and @priscillaono for my make up 💋 and @yuichi0503 hair nails by @nails_byely 💅🏽 #dreamteam
In July, Madame Tussauds Hollywood announced that Selena would be honored with a wax figure and worked closely with the Quintanilla family for almost a year to create the life-like figure, which is valued at approximately $350,000.
"At Madame Tussauds, our figures represent icons who have made a significant impact on our culture. That perfectly describes Selena," said Colin Thomas, Madame Tussauds General Manager. "Her influence has transcended generations and her passionate fans continue to be inspired by her to this day. We recognize this and in response, we are proud to join her fans in celebrating her legacy by immortalizing her."
The wax figure is dressed in a recreated stage look from Selena’s concert at the Memorial Coliseum in Corpus Christi, Texas, on Feb. 7, 1993. The performance was recorded for the album Selena Live!, which won the GRAMMY Award for Best Mexican/American Album in 1994.
Next year, the iconic singer will also be honored with a posthumous star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. And if that wasn’t enough to be excited about, MAC Cosmetics will be releasing a makeup line inspired by Selena's iconic style in October.