Fans of the slain Tejano superstar Selena Quintanilla are delighting in their idol’s image gracing the homepage of Google.

It’s timed to mark the release date, in 1989, of Quintanilla’s album “Selena.”

“The first female, and youngest, Tejano artist to be awarded a Grammy, Selena became a major star with hits like ‘Bidi Bidi Bom Bom’ and ‘Como La Flor,’” said Searchengineland.com.

Billboard talked to the Google exec behind the doodle.

“I grew up as the daughter of a Mexican immigrant single mom living in a small (primarily white) town outside of Fort Worth, Texas,” said Perla Campos, global marketing lead for Google Doodles and project manager for the Selena Quintanilla Google Doodle.

“There were always two women who taught me I could do anything and be anything I set my mind to: my mom and Selena. Selena has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember.”

Sister Suzette Quintanilla said: “Google came to us with this idea of telling a story. The little girl who had a dream and she became who she became. They already had the content pretty much done, but they knew that family was everything.”

Suzette said she offered Google details such as Selena’s red nail polish — instead of bright pink — and that she wore hoop earrings.

“They even put red on the microphone the way she used to have it,” Suzette said.

Gregory Rodriguez wrote in the Los Angeles Times in 1997, two year’s after the star’s slaying: |

“In the movie ‘Selena,’ Edward James Olmos, playing Selena’s father, tells the young Selena how difficult it is to be Mexican American. ‘We have to know about John Wayne and Pedro Infante,’ he says.

“But if Selena’s bio-pic hits big, Hollywood studios may realize that the great urban, ethnic American tales are no longer to be found on New York’s docks or in Chicago’s wards but in their very own backyard. Who knows? We may soon be watching movies starring the likes of a Pedro Wayne.”

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