“Anything for Selena,” a fan screamed when Suzette Quintanilla, sister of late-singer Selena, thanked the fans for their unconditional love and support. After all, they were the ones who created the petition asking for a Selena wax figure at Madame Tussauds Hollywood.
“The power of social media is incredible,” Suzette told Billboard after unveiling, along with her brother A.B. Quintanilla and Chris Perez, Selena’s wax figure. “People always ask me how 21 years after she passed this is all happening and I think it’s because the older generation is teaching their kids about our music, they’re watching the movie. She’s loved, she’s a great role model, I mean I can go on and on of reasons why I think Selena is still around and I’m very proud of the fact that we are here today.”
Dressed in the “Amor Prohibido” singer’s stage look from her 1993 concert in Corpus Christi’s Memorial Coliseum — which includes a bustier with rhinestones, tight black pants, a silver belt, purple high-knee boots and a purple blazer — Suzette says that the family’s first encounter with the wax figure left them speechless.
“There are so many mixed emotions. Our family went all together and saw her and it left everybody speechless. It got kind of quiet. And when we were checking her out we were just freaking out because it looks so much lik her. They did such an incredible job.”
During Billboard‘s Facebook Live with Suzette, she also talked about Selena’s influence in pop-culture today and shares a special anecdote about the bustier’s unique design. Watch the video below.