Although there had been Latino pop stars to cross-over to American mainstream culture before Selena Quintanilla-Perez was different. She was a Chicana who spoke English at home first that first-and-second generation Latino immigrants alike could relate to. 

She also rose to fame at time when it was clear that the country was seeing changing demographics and anti-immigrant laws began to pop up. And still made the tops of both english and spanish pop charts.

So today we remember Selena. Take a look at the images below of how others remember the pop star that passed away on March 31, 1995.

Selena Quintanilla-Perez would have turned 41 today.

Mural in Cypress Park, California. Photo by waltarrrrr.

Pleasant Valley Pylon | Selena tribute (side 2) Austin, Texas (Photo by That Other Paper)