Twenty one years after her death, the Queen of Tejano music, Selena Quintanilla, has a wax figure at Madame Tussauds Hollywood. The figure was revealed on Tuesday with Selena’s family on hand to introduce the figure.
“It was literally a breathtaking experience, kind of took our breath away to be in the room with the figure,” said Chris Perez, Selena’s widower.
The figure features Selena sporting an outfit reminiscent of the ensemble she wore while recording her 1993 album, “Selena Live!” The figure also sports a bustier with rhinestones missing, which according to Selena’s sister was inspired by a real event.
“She was going to be performing and she was in the back of the bus,” Suzette Quintanilla told Billboard. “She was stoning her things before the show during the day. She thought she had ordered enough stones but she clearly didn’t. She freaked out and she didn’t know what she was going to do. And this is what happened. She goes, ‘I’ll work with it, I’ll create something,’ and this is the look that came out of it.”
While Selena’s family is excited for the figure, fans on Twitter have noticed that it doesn’t quite resemble the late singer. Twitter users were quick to share their opinions on the social network. “I’m kinda disappointed in Selena’s wax figure. It doesn’t capture her beauty, especially the killer smile she had,” wrote one user, which was just one of many comments.
Even though the figure may not exactly look like the legendary singer, it’s still a high honor for the artist whose life was cut short in 1995 after being gunned down by her fan club manager.
“At Madame Tussauds, our figures represent icons who have made a significant impact on our culture. That perfectly describes Selena. Her influence has transcended generations, and her passionate fans continue to be inspired by her to this day,” said Colin Thomas, general manager of Madame Tussauds Hollywood.