7.10.16

Anything For Salinas

Growing up watching the 1997 film, Selena, I thought Jennifer Lopez was the real Selena! [I was 6, what do you expect haha] Lopez was perfect for that part. Love the movie then, now and forever, Selena Vive!

When MAC Cosmetics announced their collaboration with Selena's family mid last year [after being persuaded by a petition on Change.org in order to honor the late singer] I know I need to get some! Finally after a year, it is now released! #MACSelena is sold out (in maccosmetics.com) within minutes after its launching, proved how powerful this Latina was [and still is]! Got myself the Powder Blush Duo Techno Cumbia [bronzer blush powder —RM128] 2 days ago and later, I cannot stop thinking about the lipstick so I went to MAC Paradigm Mall this morning and got myself the Amor Prohibido lipstick [RM85]. During checkout, the MAC staff told me that it was the last "Amor Prohibido" and congratulated me. HAHAHA YAY! ;D
This film is probably one of the earliest film that taught me about feminism, even though I didn't get it back then hahahaha. The film showed how women were being downgraded back in the 70s-80s. They were not successful, cannot be, and won't be. For example, Selena's dad got paid lower than what he supposedly get because Selena was a woman. Sadly, things are still like this in certain places today.

What I love most about this film is that throughout the film, her dad passes his knowledge off to her without mansplaining life to her [during such era] and how he had strong faith and trust in his kids and believed that one day, his kids will make it— which they did! Selena Quitanilla Perez was poised to become the first female singer to cross-over from Spanish to English market, which made her one of the most successful and influential woman [of colour] during that time, before she was shot dead at the age of 23 by the president of her own fan club— Yolanda, in 1995.
Many of the moments in the film were very influential and straight forward with rich characters, inspiring the audiences, especially women of colour, to keep fighting for their dreams. As a whole, the film is about the late Selena as a Mexican-American woman fighting to overcome obstacles [and that includes feminism and racism too] to achieve her dreams. If you haven't watch the film yet, WATCH IT. Even if you're not a fan of her, honestly "Selena" is a good film. I'm gonna make Hariz watch it... Ouuhhhh I'm gonna add that into my things-to-do-before-I-die list. JHAHAH
Rest in peace, Selena.

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