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Madame Tussauds Hollywood adds Tejano icon Selena to collection

Tejano music star Selena Quintanilla Perez, known simply as Selena, performs in the Alamodome in San Antonio on March 18, 1995.
Tejano music star Selena Quintanilla Perez, known simply as Selena, performs in the Alamodome in San Antonio on March 18, 1995. San Antonio Express-News via AP

Responding to demand from fans, a wax likeness of Tejano superstar Selena will join the collection at Madame Tussauds Hollywood in August.

Madame Tussauds announced Monday that the official unveiling will be Aug. 30. Fans can win VIP access to the launch party. Find out more here. A Change.org petition got about 10,000 signatures in support of the wax figure.

“At Madame Tussauds, our figures represent icons who have made a significant impact on our culture. That perfectly describes Selena,” said Colin Thomas, general manager of Madame Tussauds Hollywood, said in a news release. “Her influence has transcended generations and her passionate fans continue to be inspired by her to this day.”

A crew traveled to the singer’s hometown of Corpus Christi to work with her family and visit The Selena Museum. The crew worked with the family to ensure accuracy in the singer’s “iconic pose and expression, to choosing her signature hairstyle, makeup and wardrobe,” the news release said.

The figure reportedly cost about $350,000.

“On behalf of our family we would like to express a huge amount of gratitude to Madame Tussauds in creating such an amazing lifelike wax figure of our beloved Selena,” said Suzette Arriaga, Selena's sister. “This is yet another step in making sure that her legacy lives on and that her fans new and old can appreciate her as a person, an artist and one whom we can all identify with.”

The figure will be dressed in an outfit similar to the one worn by Selena at a Feb 7, 1993, concert in Corpus Christi.

Last month the Hollywood Walk of Fame announced it was adding Selena to its Class of 2017 stars for the recording category.

The singer, whose full name was Selena Quintanilla-Perez, was 23 when she was fatally shot on March 31, 1995, in Corpus Christi by Yolanda Saldivar, the founder of her fan club. Saldivar was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison.

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