Google dedicates doodle to Selena Quintanilla

NEW YORK: For millions of fans, the late Selena Quintanilla is still very much alive through her music and her legacy. And now, the star, whose life was tragically cut short when she was murdered at age 23 in 1995, will continue to live online in with a special tribute in her honor. The "Queen of Tejano music" is getting her own Google doodle, commemorating Selena, her first official debut album, released on October 17, 1989.

"What a great way to celebrate an icon. I think it will bring great joy to all her fans who follow her and look up to her as a role model," says Suzette Quintanilla, sister of the late beloved singer. "Selena would be so excited. It's such an honor."

The idea of a Selena doodle was first submitted two years ago. "This is someone I looked up to my entire my life and I wanted to create something special," states Perla Campos, Global Marketing Lead for Google Doodles, who considered the singer a role model who helped her embrace her cultural identity while growing up.

The Selena doodle is animated to the tune of the popular "Bidi Bidi Bom Bom." That song, says Campos, "embodies her power and how talented an artist she was."

The Google team worked closely with the Quintanilla family to make the doodle, but also to launch a special Selena exclusive content collection within the Google's online Arts & Culture Exhibit.

"People will be able to see personal artifacts from the Selena museum," says Quintanilla. "Every year, people come from all over the world to see her things at the museum, which is housed in our production company [in Texas]. Now, they'll be able to see many of her outfits and personal belongings online. This is a perfect example that her memory is very much alive and her legacy is growing. She'll never be forgotten."


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