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29 Gorgeous Celia Cruz Photos To Remember The 'Queen Of Salsa'

Her elegance and smile were one of a kind.

Celia Cruz was an icon. 

It’s been more than a decade since the Cuban singer died but the joy she radiated with a simple smile or her emblematic “¡Azucar!” may never fade ― at least not as long as her hit song “La Vida Es Un Carnaval” continues to be a joie de vivre anthem across Latin America and beyond. 

“When people hear me sing,” she told The New York Times. “I want them to be happy, happy, happy. I don’t want them thinking about when there’s not any money, or when there’s fighting at home. My message is always felicidad ― happiness.”

Cruz was known for her charisma, booming voice, her tumbao and her perseverance in the face of adversity. In honor of her birthday, we’ve compiled several gorgeous photos that span the Queen of Salsa’s career since the 1950s. 

Scroll below for 29 stunning photos of the legend: 

  • Early 1950s
    Mezcalent
  • 1950s
    Tom Copi via Getty Images
  • 1950s
    Tom Copi via Getty Images
  • 1950s
    Tom Copi via Getty Images
  • 1960s
    GAB Archive via Getty Images
  • 1970s
    Michael Ochs Archives via Getty Images
  • 1970s
    Michael Ochs Archives via Getty Images
  • 1981
    Estate Of Keith Morris via Getty Images
  • 1984
    Frans Schellekens via Getty Images
  • 1986
    Michael Putland via Getty Images
  • 1986
    ullstein bild via Getty Images
  • 1987
    Frans Schellekens via Getty Images
  • 1992
    NBC via Getty Images
  • 1992
    Jack Vartoogian/Getty Images via Getty Images
  • 1993
    Ron Galella via Getty Images
  • 1994
    Jack Vartoogian/Getty Images via Getty Images
  • 1995
    David Corio via Getty Images
  • 1996
    Glenn Koenig via Getty Images
  • 1997
    James Crump via Getty Images
  • 1999
    Mezcalent
  • 1999
    Frans Schellekens via Getty Images
  • 2001
    Frank Micelotta Archive via Getty Images
  • 2001
    KMazur via Getty Images
  • 2001
    Lionel FLUSIN via Getty Images
  • 2001
    Kevin Winter via Getty Images
  • 2002
    Michael Caulfield Archive via Getty Images
  • 2002
    L. Cohen via Getty Images
  • 2002
    STEWART COOK via Getty Images
  • 2003
    L. Busacca via Getty Images

 

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