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It's been decades since Selena Quintanilla was brutally taken from us, and since then, so much has changed in the music industry and beyond. If things had been different, by now the Mexican-American singer would be well into her 40s and likely thriving in every possible area of entertainment, fashion, and beauty. 

April 16 marks the Queen of Tejano's 47th birthday, and to honor her, we're rounding up just a few ways she's left her mark on the world and created a legacy that will live on forever.

She had a makeup collection made in her name to commemorate her love of beauty.

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If Selena is most famous for anything in terms of her aesthetic, it's her red lipstick. In 2016, a full Selena MAC makeup collection was released, which included everything from brushes to eyeliners and eye shadows. 

Since then, SO many other products have been created with Selena's name or iconic look, such as these useful totes

Her work and music is regularly celebrated at festivals. 

Most notably, the Quintanilla family began the Fiesta de la Flor, an annual two-day event that brings Selena's life to the stage. Her fans have also organized smaller-scale events, such as a full Selena-themed brunch in her home state, Texas.

She paved the way for one of Hollywood's best, Jennifer Lopez.

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Perhaps you've seen the 1997 movie "Selena," where J.Lo tells the singer's story from her earliest years right up until her death. Lopez has discussed Selena's impact countless times, often crediting her for paving the way for her own successful career.

Her music bridged a gap between Mexican and American cultures.

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No artist has made an impact on Mexican-American music quite like Selena has. Her voice is permanently imprinted into the history of Mexican music, and before her death, her songs made a major crossover into the US. This is still especially important today for the Latinx community.

Even after her death, her music was breaking records. In July1995, months after her death, two of her songs had the No. 1 and No. 2 spots.

She secured two very precious spots in Hollywood.

In 2017, Quintanilla was honored with a wax figure at Madam Tussaud's in Hollywood. She was depicted in her iconic bustier and purple outfit. Later in the year, she received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, making it even easier for fans to remember the singer.

The internet bowed down to her in a major way. 

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Last year, Selena was honored with a Google Doodle, which adorably told the story of her life and legacy. This is a major accomplishment considering the icons and trailblazers Google has previously acknowledged. 

Her voice continues to infiltrate mainstream media and secure a seat at the table for Latinos.

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Before Quintanilla topped the charts, music greatly lacked diversity. Her presence on the music scene wasn't influential just for the Latinx community — it gave everyone else the opportunity to experience Mexican-American culture in a real way.

Fast foward to today, and her songs, her face, and her style are used in every aspect of pop culture and entertainment.

Her legacy inspired a bilingual children's book, so young girls can be empowered by her story.

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The book discusses the making of Selena Y Los Dinos, the family band, as well as her rise to stardom and fame.

She continues to be a voice for women and the LGBTQ+ community.

Years later, thousands of women credit Quintanilla for giving them a strong, independent, and hard-working female role model. Similarly, the LGBTQ+ community often pays tribute to the late singer. Perhaps it's her lavish style, her command of the stage, or her unapologetic manner that makes her such a hit with the community.

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