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Please forgive me for the quality of the photos in this post, they are all my original photos from many years ago!
My Story begins 18 years ago, just 3 years after Selena Quintanilla Perez was taken from all who loved her so much! I had the opportunity to go to Corpus Christi for a national pageant event my good friend was participating in, so I made sure to make time to experience anything to do with Selena because this was a once in a lifetime opportunity for a young girl from Detroit. My sister, cousins and I went to the Selena memorial site where she is buried as well as her memorial statue and of course her Selena Etc. store. I can still remember the emotion that came over me while shopping in her store, just knowing that she stood in that same store before, I felt so overwhelmed with love and excitement.
These are the pieces from the actual Selena Etc store that is sadly no longer around. These are very near and dear to me as they were all her designs, the black leggings with her name down the sides still have the tags and have never been worn, they were just to special to me… the other pieces I just couldn’t help myself, they were too cute! I remember spending will over $400 that day, but it was worth every penny if not more!
When we were shopping at the store an employee told us that we should go to the Q-Productions Studio building where all her memorabilia was displayed and they would give tours at certain times. We drove straight there hoping to get a chance to see all her items on display, again just in awe of being anywhere Selena was at some point in time was so incredible! When we arrived at the studio there were not any tours scheduled for the rest of the day, but the lady at the front desk inquired about where we were from and was amazed that we came from Michigan. She was nice enough to take time and give us a tour herself, we later found out she was one of Selena’s Tia’s. As we were walking, I had tears when we turned around and heard Mr. Quintanilla’s voice. He asked “Where are you ladies from” and he also was surprised that we came to visit from over 1200 miles away. He was nice enough to take us on part of the tour, showing us her car, dresses, Grammy’s and even the recording studio. He also showed us props from the Selena movie. We saw her sister Suzette sitting in a office nearby on a phone call and she waved as we walked by! Her father was seriously beyond nice to us, and he didn’t have to be but that just shows where Selena learned her down to earth, kind moral values that she herself displayed in everything that she did! I can’t tell you how unbelievable it was to be in his presence, for me, my sister and cousins, there was no other way to be closer to Selena.
A year after having this amazing experience, I was attending Specs Howard School of Media Arts and in my final project I had to produce, shoot and edit an entire 10 min segment on my own. I choose to highlight the Mexican Town area Detroit. It featured local restaurants, stores, and businesses, I chose to use the background music from the Kumbia Kings which is the music band lead by Selena’s brother A.B. Quintanilla. As apart of the requirements I had to send a letter to the recording artists production company letting them know I was using their music and they were not required to respond. I sent a letter to Mr. Quintanilla asking for permission to use the music in my project and mentioned that we had met a year prior and thanked him for his kindness and let him know how much I appreciated the experience. Sure enough not long after I sent the letter, I came into class and my teacher said that a man called and said that he received my letter and gave permission to use the music in my project, that message was left by Mr. Quintanilla, again going above and beyond to help out others. A few years later, I was able to meet them too!
Selena has been inspiring young girls for years as she still is til this day. Attending the MAC Selena World Premiere really brought this entire Selena experience full circle for me! Knowing I was one of the first to see her dream come true and even own a few pieces of the MAC Selena line is really an honor! I was so lucky to share this experience with Crystal from www.LoveMoreLiveBlessed.com . Check out her post “7 Things you didn’t know about Selena” on her blog!
Congrats to MAC on making this experience the most memorable event for any Selena fan and even more bringing us together to celebrate one of her many dreams coming true. I also applaud MAC on choosing the most passionate MAC artists within their company to attend and work this event. These two ladies along with many others entered a Selena makeover contest to be able to work this event. Their talent and artistry is mind-blowing and their kindness and passion speaks volumes. Congrats Marissa and Hazell on being among the winners of MAC Selena contest.
"The goal isn't to live forever, the goal is to create something that will" #selenaquintanillaperez you are my inspiration #FULLBODYPAINTING I won't be able to sleep tonight my happiness is out of this world. Still in shock I was chosen to go to Corpus Christi thank you @maccosmetics for this dream that is now a reality. 😍😍😍 #blessed #macselenacontest #macprodallas #macselena2016 #makeuptransformation #bodypainting #selenatransformation #dreamsdocometrue #beyondhappy #beyondthankful #beyondblessed macselenaquintanilla #ilovemacgirlsandboys #selenavive @suzettesyld @chrispereznow #macselena
It is an honor to be working for such an amazing and inspiring company like @maccosmetics I am beyond excited and thankful to have the opportunity to be a part of The Grand Premiere of Mac Selena! Selena was my idol growing up and words can not describe how amazing it feels to be part of such an incredible event! It is going to be filled with nothing but wonderful Selena fans who loved her just as much! I can not wait to see everyone at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi just 4 days away! 🎤🌹💜 @maccosmetics with @instarepost_app — The #MACSelena World Premiere Event countdown continues, with just 4 days left until our celebration in honour of @selenaqofficial! 🎉 Admission is free and guests will have the opportunity to shop the collection ahead of its official launch, as well as enjoy special performances by @suzettesyld and @princeroyce. Click here for more details on the event: http://bit.ly/MACSelenaEvent Official Online Launch: October 1. In Stores Launch: October 6. #Regram from M·A·C Artist @misha.mua
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~In Loving Memory of Selena Quintanilla Perez~