Selena Quintanilla was born on April 16, 1971, in Lake Jackson, Texas. Selena was considered the “Queen of Tejano,” a type of Mexican music that incorporated other styles, such as country and western. She was also sometimes referred to as the “Mexican Madonna” for her sexy outfits and dance moves. Selena began performing as a child. Selena Quintanilla-Pérez biography and profile.