Selena: The Series makes an attempt to share a few of the most secret, most private particulars of Selena Quintanilla Perez (Christian Serratos) quick, glittering life. And it form of does that. It largely reveals what a taskmaster her father was and the way her siblings felt about her rise to Tejano music greatness. However, within the midst of all of the soap-y drama, there’s a element that rocked my imaginative and prescient of the true Selena Quintanilla to my very core. Twice within the sequence, Selena wears a child blue crop prime with Jane Austen’s portrait on it, suggesting that the true Selena was a hardcore fan of Regency literature.
But is it true? Did Selena actually have a Jane Austen crop prime and, in that case, does that make her one of many legions of us hardcore nerds?
Let’s again up a second so I can clarify why such a seemingly small element has taken over my mind of late. First of all, I’m a large Selena fan. In my opinion, God has solely made three excellent girls — the Virgin Mary, St. Brigid of Kildare, and Selena Quintanilla Perez — and I used to be blessed to stay on this earth similtaneously certainly one of them.
You know who I’m additionally a enormous fan of? Jane Austen. The author revolutionized the English-language novel together with her savage social commentary, eager psychological portraits, and dreamy romances. I first turned hooked on her storytelling as a little one, watching the 1995 movie model of Sense & Sensibility and the 1995 Pride & Prejudice mini-series on TV. Naturally, I wolfed up as many diversifications as I may and ultimately bathed in her glowing prose. So a lot of my shut mates are additionally Jane Austen buffs. It’s like we’re kindred spirits eager for wit, knowledge, and romanticism in our in any other case trash existence.
If Selena: The Series has Selena donning a Jane Austen crop prime within the early ’90s, that does not simply imply she is — chants — ONE OF US! ONE OF US!, however that she was additionally attuned to the ability of Jane Austen work approach earlier than Colin Firth ever dragged himself out of a lake and into a technology’s moist desires.
So I did the one rational factor I may do. I level clean requested Selena: The Series creator Moisés Zamora if the Jane Austen crop prime was primarily based on a actual Selena shirt or if the costume division made an unique prime only for the show.
“I believe it was a mixture of each. Because what we ended up doing is: we shared about, most likely over 3,000 images and movies of Selena. They took components from right here and there,” Zamora mentioned, admitting he remembered seeing a related gown on a 13-year-old Selena, however he could not completely verify the inspiration for that shirt.
“Some of [the costumes] had been excellent replicas of what she wore, and a couple of them had been a mixture of issues that [the costume designers] noticed within the footage, with their very own form of tackle it,” Zamora mentioned. “I believe that is one of many issues that we actually had a lot of enjoyable, with the ability to uncover the evolution of these outfits all through the sequence.”
So it seems like Selena was most likely not studying Northanger Abbey on the tour bus, however she may have been. Further clouding issues is the revelation that there’s at least one chronologically incorrect tee in the series, so this may very well be one other minor snafu.
However I select to imagine that Selena Quintanilla Perez was a Jane Austen fan. And if she wasn’t, she would have had a Mr. Darcy downside as did all of us.