Remembering Selena: 20 Facts You Might Not Have Known About The Late Selena Quintanilla-Perez was originally published on globalgrind.com

1. Selena was only 17-years-old when she signed her first contract with Coca-Cola for $75,000.

Selena was only 17-years-old when she signed her first contract with Coca-Cola for $75,000.

2. Selena made her own stage costumes by gluing Swarovski crystals on her bras.

Selena made her own stage costumes by gluing Swarovski crystals on her bras.

3. Selena was the first Latin artist to debut on the Billboard charts at number one.

Selena was the first Latin artist to debut on the Billboard charts at number one.

4. Selena won a Grammy in 1994 for Best Mexican/American album.

Selena won a Grammy in 1994 for Best Mexican/American album.

5. Selena’s first car, a BMW, was stolen and dumped into the ocean. She later replaced it with a red Porsche.

Selena’s first car, a BMW, was stolen and dumped into the ocean. She later replaced it with a red Porsche.

6. After her death, there was a big spike in the number of girls being named Selena.

After her death, there was a big spike in the number of girls being named Selena.

7. Selena dropped out of high school and earned her GED so she could perform full time. This was how her family made a living.

Selena dropped out of high school and earned her GED so she could perform full time. This was how her family made a living.

8. Tejano music became directionless after Selena’s death.

Tejano music became directionless after Selena’s death.

9. Selena and band member Chris Perez kept their relationship a secret until they eloped in 1992.

Selena and band member Chris Perez kept their relationship a secret until they eloped in 1992.

10. Selena made a cameo on the popular Spanish TV novela “Dos Mujeres, Un Camino” in 1993.

Selena made a cameo on the popular Spanish TV novela “Dos Mujeres, Un Camino” in 1993.

11. Selena owned a motorcycle.

Selena owned a motorcycle.

12. After her death, an estimated 100,000 people showed up to Selena’s public viewing at the convention center in Corpus Christi.

After her death, an estimated 100,000 people showed up to Selena’s public viewing at the convention center in Corpus Christi.
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