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Selena Quintanilla's Madame Tussauds Figure In Honor Of 'Dreaming Of You'

And here's a first look. 

The Queen of Tejano music Selena Quintanilla might not be with us today, but her legacy continues to shine on. The late singer has garnered recent headlines after receiving her own lipstick line in MAC cosmetics and honorary star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Now, the singer-songwriter will be physically immortalized with her very own wax figure at the world famous, Madame Tussauds Hollywood.

“At Madame Tussauds, our figures represent icons who have made a significant impact on our culture," said Colin Thomas, the general manager of Madame Tussauds Hollywood. "That perfectly describes Selena. Her influence has transcended generations and her passionate fans continue to be inspired by her to this day. We recognize this and in response, we are proud to join her fans in celebrating her legacy by immortalizing her.”

Marking 21 years since her historic final performance at the Houston Astrodome, her fans are just as hardcore and passionate as they were in '95. Getting nearly 10,000 votes in a petition to get Madame Tussauds' attention, their dream to see their icon in wax form is finally coming to life.

The wax figure will be in honor of the 21st anniversary of Dreaming of You, Quintanilla's only English crossover album and unfortunately, her final studio album before her tragic death in 1995. In order to get the "Selena Quintanilla look," whether it's her plump red lips, her iconic taste in fashion or her famous backside, a research team of expert sculptors and artists worked thoroughly to capture the late singer's image to the core.

Of course where Selena Quintanilla is, her family is never far behind. Her family worked closely with Madame Tussaud to recreate their beloved Selena to her truest form. “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."

In a special video sneak peak of the legendary wax sculpture, Selena's father invites her fans to be a part of this sentimental journey. Walking the viewers through her iconic performance outfits and awards, he speaks proudly of his daughter's accomplishments, adding wax-figure to the list.

"There's artist that when they get on stage they become another person and when they get off stage they're back to their normal self," said Selena's father, Abraham Quintanilla Jr. "Selena was one of those kind of artists, she could transform her voice to sound like the rest of the R&B artists or Mexican mariachi. You don't find too many artists that can do that. Selena was that kind of artist."

Valued at approximately $350,000, the figure will be dressed in Selena's signature black, bedazzled bra look from her 1993 concert at the Memorial Coliseum in Corpus Christi, Texas. The look will celebrate her concert performance recorded for Selena Live!, her album which won a Grammy for Best Mexican/American Album in 1994.

The unveiling of the Selena Quintanilla wax figure will take place at Madame Tussauds Hollywood on Aug. 30.

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As an investigation kicks off involving several police officers and armed robbers, the family of Frank Ordoñez is demanding more than just answers about the father of two's tragic death.

On Thursday (Dec. 5), Ordoñez was killed when officers and two armed men exchanged gunfire in Broward County, Florida after the suspects robbed a jewelry store. Police were notified of what transpired at Regent Jewelers through a silent holdup alarm at 4:17 pm, Police Chief Edward J. Hudak Jr. told CNN.

The men identified by the Miami FBI as Lamar Alexander, 41, and Ronnie Jerome Hill, 41, left the store and hijacked Ordoñez's truck and fled at least 25 miles on the interstate. Police followed the truck as the chase was aired live on television. After coming to an intersection around 5:35 pm, the UPS truck stopped. The 27-year-old tried to escape but was killed in the gunfire the officers had with Hill and Alexander.

The FBI identifies the two deceased individuals responsible for yesterday's jewelry store robbery, carjacking/kidnapping and shootings as Lamar Alexander, 41, and Ronnie Jerome Hill, 41, both of Miami-Dade County. If anyone has information about these crimes, call 1-855-352-7233

— FBI Miami (@FBIMiamiFL) December 6, 2019

Bystander footage revealed 11 officers were involved in the shooting with some of them using bystander vehicles to shield themselves for a better defense. An unidentified bystander was also killed in the shooting. It's currently unknown if Ordoñez and the other victim were hit with bullets from police or the armed suspects.

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Ordoñez's family has shared their grief and confusion over what happened and questioned how the police reacted to the incident."For this to happen, I think, is just unnecessary," Joe Merino, his stepfather told NBC's Today show. "Other tactics should have been applied, and they weren't, so when I say the word devastated, it's an understatement."

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His sister Genny Merino blamed the police for their brother's death."Today I lost my brother, because of the negligence and stupidity of the police," Merino posted on Twitter with a video memorial. "Instead of negotiating with a hostage situation they just shot everyone. (Including my brother) please retweet this so everyone can be aware of how stupid these cops are."

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— genny♡ (@geneviemerino) December 6, 2019

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Ordoñez's family aren't the only ones questioning the actions of the police. Supporters of the GoFundMe called out the police as well. "Que descanses en paz Hermano.... Condolencias para ti y tus seres queridos. Que mal ejemplo estas chotas de la ley de Estados Unidos valen pa puro SORPETES!!," one supporter said which translates roughly to: "May your brother rest in peace. Condolences to you and your loved ones. The law enforcement in the United States sets a bad example, purely surprised!"

Ordoñez's employer UPS was also met with criticism for praising the efforts of the law enforcement for the incident. "We are deeply saddened to learn a UPS service provider was a victim of this senseless act of violence," they said in a statement on Twitter. "We extend our condolences to the family and friends of our employees and the other innocent victims involved in this incident. We appreciate law enforcement’s service and will cooperate with the authorities as they continue the investigation."

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