MAC Cosmetics collection inspired by Selena Quintanilla

MAC is working on a collection of makeup products inspired by Selena including a new cherry red lipstick called “Como La Flor,” after one of Selena’s biggest hits.

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The new lipstick and entire Selena collection will be released in October. (Selena via Facebook) Selena fans will soon be able to rock her iconic red lip, thanks to a new collection by MAC Cosmetics.

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The collection was announced Tuesday and is curated by Selena’s sister, Suzette. It will be released in October.

“I wanted the colours to be about her personally, what she wore on and offstage. She has been gone for 21 years already, and for this collaboration to happen, it’s pretty much incredible. It just shows the love her fan base has even though she’s gone; that her music still lives on and her legacy has grown tremendously since she’s passed. It’s a great honour to have M·A·C collaborate with Selena’s name and her fans — FOR her fans,” Suzette Quintanilla said.

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Watching old clips of Selena Quintanilla—whether she’s singing, talking or just flashing that radiant smile—is an exercise in exhilaration and heartbreak.

It never gets tiresome, enjoying her enchanting presence.

But it does get awfully sad, especially once you lose yourself in the music and then remember that she’s gone.

Gone since 1995, in fact, and in the not too distant future, the amount of time she’ll have been gone is going to surpass the amount of time she spent on this planet.

And yet her legacy endures and her influence on the Latin-crossover music scene—and far beyond, probably further than most people realize—is as strong as ever, despite the mellifluously voiced pop star being struck down just as her fame was reaching new levels for all the right reasons.

Already a Grammy winner and burgeoning mogul with her own clothing line and a boutique-salon, Selena was killed—shot dead by the founder of her first fan club—in her native Texas on March 31, 1995. She was 23. More than 30,000 people viewed her casket at the Bayfront Plaza Convention Center in Corpus Christi.

In the years that followed, her story was of course brought to the masses by the biopic Selena, but she herself continued to be revered as a singular artist and person, known locally for her humanitarian work with battered women’s shelters and youth programs such as D.A.R.E.. A life-sized bronze statue stands in Corpus Christi, the Selena Museum opened in 1998, more than 65,000 people packed Houston’s Reliant Stadium for a tribute concert in 2005 and in 2011 the U.S. Postal Service put her on a stamp as a “Latin Legend.” Enamorada De Ti, a tribute album of Selena covers, was released in 2012.

The artist would have been 45 years old April 16, and Selena Day in Texas will be celebrated as always.

 

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