'Selena: The Series': How Yolanda Salvidar entered Selena's inner circle and took advantage of her trust
While Yolanda Salvidar was just 11 years older than Selena, she seemed to have a motherly aura which Selena found soothing
Spoilers for 'Selena: The Series' Part 2
Selena, the Queen of Tejano music, had it all, but having it all can often be overwhelming and confusing. In 'Selena: The Series' we see that while Selena (Christian Serratos) becomes a big star, out of a sense of naivete or perhaps needing to maintain control, Selena insists on doing everything herself — whether it's approving her promotional material, hiring people for her boutique or all the other 'essentials' such as singing, recording and doing plenty of interviews.
Selena's family is not particularly understanding of the stress she is under and her father (Ricardo Chavira) is upset with Selena for neglecting her family. At the same time, Selena's relationship with her husband, Chris (Jesse Posey), is also on shaky ground due to the fact that she doesn't have enough time for him, and seems to think of him only when she needs him to run errands. It is at this time that Yolanda Salvidar (Natasha Perez), the former president of Selena's fan club, enters her life. At a time when everyone seems to be questioning Selena's moves, Salvidar serves as a balm to Selena's frayed nerves, offering help with her boutique and also boosting her confidence at a vulnerable point in her life.
Part Two of 'Selena: The Series' doesn't focus on the Salvidar storyline too much, and it is not surprising, considering the series is produced by Suzette Quintanilla, Selena's sister. But it shows us enough to realize just how trusting Selena was by nature. A more cynical or perhaps more worldly-wise person would have been suspicious why Salvidar always wanted to cut the middleman between her and Selena out of the picture. But we also tend to forget that while Selena may have achieved enough for two lifetimes, she was just 23 and in many ways, as we see in the series, still a child.
While Salvidar was just 11 years older than Selena, she seemed to have a motherly aura which Selena found soothing as she tried to make her way forward as an independent crossover artist. Selena of course had to pay the ultimate price for opening her business and her personal space to Salvidar. It was discovered that Salvidar was embezzling funds from Selena's boutique, which she was brought on board to manage.
It was when Salvidar was confronted by Selena and asked to hand over all financial documents that Salvidar shot Selena, leading to her death at just 23. To find out more about the challenges Selena dealt with both professionally and personally and what led to her increased dependence on Salvidar, you can catch 'Selena: The Series' which premiered on Netflix on May 4.