Selena inducted into Texas Women's Hall of Fame

Selena inducted into hall of fame

DENTON - Texas Gov. Greg Abbott formally inducted five women with very different backgrounds into the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame. Most notably a Tejano icon that goes by one name -- Selena.

Twenty-six years ago, the world lost superstar singer Selena, and Suzette Quintanilla lost her sister.

"I told myself I wasn't going to cry," said Suzette Quintanilla said during the induction ceremony held at Texas Woman's University.

Selena Quintanilla-Pérez was known as the Queen of Tejano music -- she's credited with bringing the genre into the mainstream.

"Thank you so much, in honor of the Queen of Cumbia, Selena," Suzette Quintanilla said.

Selena was known as a role model for young women. She preached the value of education and was loved my music fans around the world.

"And because Selena shattered stereotypes and expectations, proving the impossible is always possible," Abbott said.

Selena was inducted alongside four other women recognized for their accomplishments in business, aviation, education and public service.

"At least it shows that a woman can chart her own pathway and achieve her own level of success and it doesn't matter who you are or what gender you are, you have the ability to reach your dreams," Abbott said.

The Hall of Fame is housed on the campus of Texas Woman's University and is available for thousands of students to see every day.

"I have followed her my entire life I know her life, and I know she did a remarkable job and even if she's not here today she's still in our hearts and it's amazing," said TWU senior Maria Strong.

For a complete list of inductees, go here.

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