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Selena Quintanilla-Pérez could be the newest limited edition commemorative Barbie doll if some fans get their way. Although the queen of Tejano music was murdered nearly 21 years ago by her fan club president, Yolanda Saldívar, she still has a strong cult following that continues to grow and fans are pushing for Mattel to make their dream of a Selena doll a reality.
With the advent of Barbie's new look, a curvy Hispanic Barbie could be in the cards to make Latinas who grew up idolizing the star very happy. The new dolls announced by Mattel in January come in seven different skin tones, 22 eye colors, 24 hairstyles and three new body types—curvy, tall and petite join the classic original Barbie body.
In the last few years, Selena fans have gained momentum in cementing her position as a permanent force in pop culture. Corpus Christi, Texas, has a two-day "Fiesta de la Flor" festival celebrating her music and her life. Selena's family was also planning a comeback tour of sorts—keeping her memory alive with a hologram concert tour à la Michael Jackson and Tupac Shakur—to introduce her music to a new generation. (But news reports now say that 2018 tour may be off due to issues with a vendor company. Fingers crossed it gets resolved.)
MAC Cosmetics also plans to release a makeup line honoring the late singer after a petition started by a fan got the ball rolling. The change.org petition received nearly 38,000 signatures from women wanting to wear hues inspired by the beloved singer. The multi-product tribute line should be available before the end of 2016. Selena's sister Suzette Quintanilla said in MAC's press release about the line last year that the singer always dreamed of launching her own makeup line.
And who could forget the 1997 biopic "Selena," which catapulted Jennifer Lopez to on-screen stardom? Around 22,000 girls auditioned for the part, and although Warner Bros. was rumored to want to cast a non-Latina actress, the film's director, Gregory Nava, is said to have fought for her to be cast as the iconic singer. Fun fact: Lopez earned $1 million for her role as Selena, making her the highest-paid Latina actress in Hollywood at the time. The film made more than $11.6 million its opening weekend, and nearly $35.3 million at the domestic box office before it left theaters. "Selena" is still the eleventh highest-grossing biopic of all time, according to Box Office Mojo.
Non-white, non-blonde Barbies aren't new, but they definitely have been gaining in popularity as the young girls playing with the doll are more diverse now than ever before. But other companies have entered the marketplace to fill the demand for more diverse dolls. Last year, the creator of a Nigerian doll that resembles a Barbie was having trouble keeping them in stock, they were selling so fast.
Several other diverse women of note have been made into special edition Barbies, including Jennifer Lopez, Shakira, Beyoncé, teen singer Zendaya, African-American director AvaDuvernay and Chinese actress Fan Bingbing, so it's not out of the realm of possibility that pressure from fans could inspire Mattel to make the Selena Barbie doll. After all, now that a curvy Barbie exists, it might even be easier to make this Selena doll a reality. We'll "bidi bidi bom bom" to that!