For the Love of Selena

The Queen of Tejano music, Selena, was a blossoming American singer, songwriter, actress, model, and fashion designer. Her many talents made her one of the most celebrated Mexican-American entertainers of the 20th century.

The Queen of Tejano music, Selena, was a blossoming American singer, songwriter, actress, model, and fashion designer. Her many talents made her one of the most celebrated Mexican-American entertainers of the 20th century. Some called her the “Tejano Madonna” due to her stunning fashion taste. She gave incredible joy and pride to many Mexican-Americans who often felt caught in between two cultures.  All of that glory came to an incredibly violent end in 1995, when Selena’s boutique manager, Yolanda Saldívar, murdered Selena in a hotel in Corpus Christi, Texas.  

Selena’s memory is still fanned and burning in her fans’ hearts, even if has been 22 years since her passing. On April 8th, photographer Emily Berl, captured this ongoing love for Selena. Berl attended a Fourth Annuelle Selena Fan Gathering in Los Angeles and photographed the fans dressed as Selena or wearing memorabilia.

Berl says, “That kind of dedication is really interesting to me, people working one way or another toward a common idea. People were paying tribute in their own way. They all chose to come here on their Saturday.”
Berl’s photographs are touching and beautifully composed. They convey the love and respect that so many feel for Selena.

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