For Selenaphiles, coming across never-before-seen footage of La Reina del Tejano is rare. But everyone in a while, the internet delivers in the most spectacular fashion. In mid-September, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History unearthed a 1994 Tejano USA interview featuring Selena.
“Rare Selena video, not seen in more than 20 years was found and digitized by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History,” the video’s description reads. “This footage of Selena on the program Tejano USA was found in a TV camera donated to the museum’s Spanish-language television project by Univision, the parent company of San Antonio’s KWEX-TV, Channel 41. The station’s production manager put an unlabeled ¾ inch tape in the camera to show what format that camera used.”
It wasn’t until this summer, as the museum began planning a display on Hispanic Advertising that it came across this footage. The director of the segment had searched for the video extensively, but couldn’t find it. Now, the video is up online for anyone to see, and it is a gem. In the short two-minute interview, Selena describes going to the Grammys and being more concerned about photographing all the celebrities on the red carpet. She didn’t even consider that she could win the gramophone. La Reina also talked about her 1993 acting debut on Dos Mujeres, Un Camino.
Check out the charming interview below: