Texas woman sings Selena’s ‘Como La Flor’ on ‘The Voice,’ wins spot

For the first time in “The Voice” history, someone finally sang the work of our “Queen of Tejano” Selena Quintanilla — and she happens to be from Texas too.

Selena Quintanilla Perez will be inducted into the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame this fall. **FILE**Selena Quintanilla Perez will be honored with Madame Tussauds wax figure this summer. In this 1994 photo, Selena performs at Hemisfair Plaza in San Antonio. **FILE**Selena fans commemorated the 20th anniversary of her death this year. ** FILE ** Selena performs at Hemisfair Plaza in San Antonio, TX, April 24, 1994. Photo by Sung Park / The Austin American-Statesman. ORG XMIT:
Selena Quintanilla performs at Hemisfair Plaza in San Antonio, TX, April 24, 1994. Photo by Sung Park / The Austin American-Statesman.

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On this week’s episode of the singing competition,  Elia Esparza from El Paso stood on the nationally-watched stage and belted out Selena’s “Como La Flor” for judges Blake Shelton, Alicia Keys, Miley Cyrus and Adam Levine.

The judges’ curiosities peaked the moment those opening notes that are all too familiar to those of us from Texas began. She gave an impressive performance that would probably would have made Selena proud and by the end, Esparza had convinced Levine, Cyrus and Shelton to turn their chairs.

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Whose team did she pick? Watch the video to find out.

 

MAC releases teaser photo of Selena-inspired makeup line

** FILE ** Selena performs at Hemisfair Plaza in San Antonio, TX, April 24, 1994. Photo by Sung Park / The Austin American-Statesman. ORG XMIT:
Selena performs at Hemisfair Plaza in San Antonio, April 24, 1994. Photo by Sung Park / The Austin American-Statesman.

Even 21 years after her death, the Queen of Tejano music has found another way to excite her fans across all generations. The cosmetics company MAC gave fans a sneak peek at its upcoming makeup collection inspired by the late singer Selena.

In a photo on Facebook, the company revealed one of most highly anticipated products of the line, a berry-colored lipstick named “Como La Flor.” According to MAC, Selena’s sister (and drummer for her shows) Suzette Quintanilla will curate the makeup collaboration.

MAC has attached celebrities to its brand and created products inspired by everyone from Caitlyn Jenner, Mariah Carey, Ariana Grande, and Nicki Minaj. Jenner’s daughter Kylie might have the internet buzzing about her ever-growing lip kit collection, but even she has shown Selena some love.

Selena’s line came to fruition after a petition on Change.org garnered more than 37,000 signatures, urging MAC to create a collection for the Texas singer. The company listened and announced the upcoming Selena project in July of last year. The tentative release for the products is October 2016.

 

Kylie Jenner shows off Selena shirt while helping a girl play hooky from school

Kylie Jenner in the bathroom of her mother Kris Jenner’s house in Hidden Hills, Calif., Aug. 3, 2015. (Elizabeth Lippman/The New York Times)

She’s not Texan, but Kylie Jenner might have gained honorary status for how she styled herself on a recent trip to Orlando.

The 18-year-old reality TV star and budding makeup entrepreneur took a break from promoting business ventures like her mobile game with sister Kendall to make a young girl’s day. Jenner made an impromptu trip to Florida to visit Universal Orlando Resort and her amusement park outfit included a T-shirt featuring none other than the Queen of Tejano Music, Selena.

In a series of Instagram posts, Jenner progressively showed more of the full print on her black tee. Boyfriend and rapper Tyga even made a cameo in one of the photos.

And if that wasn’t enough, Jenner’s light-wash, high-waisted denim jeans look like they could’ve been plucked from Selena’s wardrobe.

 

USE FOR JUMP ** FILE ** Selena is pictured here at an interview backstage before a performance at Hemisfair Plaza in San Antonio, TX, April 24, 1994. Photo by Sung Park / The Austin American-Statesman. ORG XMIT:
Selena is pictured here at an interview backstage before a performance at Hemisfair Plaza in San Antonio, April 24, 1994. (Sung Park / The Austin American-Statesman)
Selena performs at Hemisfair Plaza in San Antonio, TX, April 24, 1994. (Sung Park / The Austin American-Statesman)
Selena performs at Hemisfair Plaza in San Antonio, TX, April 24, 1994. (Sung Park / The Austin American-Statesman)

The shirt contains multiple images of the Texas songstress sporting her signature smile and legendary concert attire and includes “WE MISS YOU” near the top. It’s a sentiment that many fans of the late singer can agree with. Later this month will mark 21 years since the Corpus Christi-raised Tejano singer was killed.

According to Instagram, Jenner helped Jodie, the sister of model Jordyn Woods, play hooky from school by taking her on the first flight of her life. A flight aboard a private jet in the lap of luxury sounds like a much more fun use of time than running the mile test at school if you ask us.

It’s official: MAC Cosmetics to release Selena Quintanilla collection

Here’s news sure to make fans of the Queen of Tejano music fall in love. The cosmetics company MAC announced today the legendary Selena will be represented in new collection.

According to the singer’s official Facebook page, the line is due out in the second half of 2016.

FILE - In this Feb. 27, 1993, file photo, Selena performs at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo inside the Astrodome in Houston. Twenty years after Selena's murder, the Latin world will remember "The Queen of Tejano" with concerts, lookalike contests, dances and a massive festival. But her father has mixed feelings about the celebrations. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Dave Einsel, File)
(AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Dave Einsel, File)

More than 37,000 supporters signed an online petition on Change.org for the company to release a line inspired by singer. The petition quickly went viral, with media outlets across the country writing about the push to feature the Texas icon in MAC stores.

The company eventually responded, saying “The loyalty and enthusiasm of Selena’s fans are clearly evident and we love this. M·A·C admires the passion and joy Selena brought to the world. She was an amazing person with amazing talent. We consider all types of feedback like this as we plan our collaborations.”

Selena Quintanilla-Perez became a style icon, often seen sporting detailed bustiers, lipstick and long manicured nails. The singer was born in Lake Jackson and grew up in Corpus Christi, where she launched her career as a Tejano music singer. In her short career, she racked up an impressive musical resume that included chart-topping singles, awards, gold records and a Grammy for best Mexican-American album. In 1995, Quintanilla died at 23 after her fan club manager, Yolanda Saldivar, shot and killed her.

Following her death, Selena’s popularity continued to grow through her English-language crossover album and a biopic film that also launched the career of Jennifer Lopez. Earlier this year, the “Fiesta de la Flor” festival was held in Corpus Christi to honor the singer’s legacy with music performances that included her family.

8 lists about Selena

A Buzzfeed reporter recently made his way down to Corpus Christi to cover Fiesta de la Flor, the festival honoring the late Tejano queen Selena Quintanilla.

He found thousands of fans wearing her classic red lipstick, visiting her museum and buying tickets to a sold-out tribute concert, all in the name of keeping the singer’s legacy alive.

The reporter was so inspired that he cranked out eight lists about Selena in a little over five days. We’ve cataloged the content here to mark the end of the 20th anniversary celebrations of the singer’s death.

By far, the one most likely to make you cry is “23 Things People Would Say If They Met Selena.”

Sung Park
Sung Park

The posts most likely to make you laugh are “23 Selena Dancing GIFS That Will Make You Grin Uncontrollably,” “16 Things I Overheard At The Selena Festival” and “What Does ‘Bidi Bidi Bom Bom’ Actually Mean?

I Went to the Selena Museum And It’s Truly Majestic,” which the reporter bills as “Disneyland, only replace everything with Selena” will give you an inside look at the museum in Corpus Christi.

Finally, “What Selena Song Is This?” “How Well Do You Remember Selena’s ‘Dreaming of You‘” and “Which Character from ‘Selena’ Is Your Kindred Spirit?” are the most likely to make you question everything you ever knew about yourself.

If that isn’t enough Selena for you, remember you can still catch Jennifer Lopez’s musical tribute to the queen this Sunday, April 30, at the Latin Billboard Music Awards.