Shakira turns 42 today

The Colombian singer rose to international success during the early 2000’s with her catchy and sensual Pop songs

Shakira turns 42 today

She was born Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll on February, 2nd, 1977 in Barranquilla, Atlántico, Colombia, but the planet knows her simply as Shakira. The hot Colombian singer entered the English-language market with her fifth album, Laundry Service. Its lead single, “Whenever, Wherever”, became one of the most successful singles of 2002. Her success was solidified with her sixth and seventh albums “Fijación Oral, Volumen Uno” and “Oral Fixation, Volume Two” both from 2005. Shakira has one of the best-selling songs of the 21st century, “Hips Don’t Lie”, selling over 13 million only counting downloads. During her career, Shakira has received numerous awards, including 5 MTV Video Music Awards, 3 Grammy Awards, 12 Latin Grammy Awards, 7 Billboard Music Awards, 33 Billboard Latin Music Awards and has been Golden Globe-nominated. She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and sold over 125 million records worldwide (over 70 million albums sold) with 25.4 million record sales in the United States (as of 2014), making her the best selling South American singer and one of the best selling artists of all time. Here are some interesting facts about Shakira: She carries out well-known philanthropic activities through charity work most notably through her Pies Descalzos Foundation. In 2011, she was appointed by U.S. President Barack Obama to the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics – a four-person group that advises the president and Education Secretary. From 2012 to 2015, she was listed among world’s top 100 most powerful women in the world by Forbes. In 2017, she was the only artist listed as one of the world’s greatest leaders by Fortune, ranked at 27th. Shakira speaks several different languages including her native Spanish, English, Portuguese, Italian, Arabic, and French. Shakira entered a relationship with the Spanish football player Gerard Piqué, center back for FC Barcelona in 2011. Piqué, who is exactly ten years her junior, first met Shakira in the spring of 2010, when Piqué appeared in the music video for Shakira’s song “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)”, the official song of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Shakira gave birth to the couple’s first son, Milan Piqué Mebarak, on 22 January 2013 in Barcelona, Spain, where the family had taken up residence and gave birth to their second son, Sasha Piqué Mebarak, on 29 January 2015. As a child, Shakira was influenced by rock music, listening heavily to rock bands like Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, Nirvana, The Police, and U2, while her other influences included Gloria Estefan, Madonna, Sheryl Crow, Alanis Morissette, Marc Anthony, Meredith Brooks and The Cure. Shakira is well known for her dancing in various music videos and in concert. Her moves are based on the art of belly dancing, a part of her Lebanese heritage. Today, Shakira turns 42.

Look back at Shakira’s 2002 famous music video for “Whenever, Wherever”

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