To her millions of fans from all around the globe, Selena Quintanilla is still very much alive through her music. And now, the Tex-Mex queen, whose life tragically ended when she was murdered at age 23, has been honored with a very special online tribute that has re-intesified the Selena fever.
Yesterday marked ten years since the release of Selena’s first studio album, and Google celebrated this special date by turning the Tejano singer into the Doodle of the day with an animated video celebrating her life and legacy to the tune of her emblematic single “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom.”
“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,” said Suzette Quintanilla, sister of the late singer. “Selena would be so excited. It’s such an honor.”
This has been a project in the making for the last two years, when the idea of turning Selena into a doodle first came to mind. “This is someone I looked up to my entire life and I wanted to create something special,” says Perla Campos, Global Marketing Lead for Google Doodles, who was influenced by Selena to embrace her cultural identity while growing up.
In addition to the fun animated tribute, Google launched an online exhibition featuring exclusive Selena content. Works of art inspired by the singer from her fans, images of her original wardrobe, photos of the singer’s personal items, and many other pieces from the Selena Museum in Corpus Christi are part of the new collection of the Exhibit of Art and Culture by Google.
The Selana doodle was on the Google homepage in the United States, Mexico, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Bolivia, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Peru, Venezuela, Colombia, Cuba, Paraguay, Uruguay, and even India.