5′ 2″


February 2, 1977


Barranquilla, Colombia


Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll is a Colombian singer-songwriter, dancer, record producer, choreographer, and model. Born and raised in Barranquilla, she began performing in school, demonstrating Latin, Arabic, and rock and roll influences and belly dancing abilities. Shakira has won many awards including five MTV Video Music Awards, two Grammy Awards, eight Latin Grammy Awards, seven Billboard Music Awards, twenty-eight Billboard Latin Music Awards and has been Golden Globe-nominated. She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and she is one of the best-selling artists of all time, having sold more than 60 million records worldwide.

What you didn’t know

Outside of her work in the music industry, Shakira is also involved in philanthropic activities through charity work and benefit concerts, notably her Pies Descalzos Foundation. As of 2014, she is listed as the 58th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes

Shakira Opens another School in Colombia

Shakira is opening the 7th school in her hometown of Barranquilla.

The ‘Hips Don’t Lie‘ star launched her Pies Descalzos (Barefoot) Foundation in 1997 and has opened six schools in the country. The new Institucion Nuevo Bosque will open in 2019.


Shakira said: “When we started to build schools in Colombia 20 years ago, we chose remote areas where there was nothing at all – no infrastructure, roads or even potable water.”

“We built the schools where the government was absent and  children did not have access to quality education. The results were immediate, jobs were generated, malnutrition plummeted and the students responded very well academically.”

In December last year, another one of Shakira’s schools, which was established in 2008 was named the number one public school in the country in a study, which was measured on the strength of students’ test scores.

Shakira’s Chantaje Music Video

After dominating the radio by becoming number one in 16 countries, “Chantaje,” Shakira’s new hit single featuring reggaeton artist Maluma, is taking over YouTube with both the lyric video and music video.

In six days the lyric video for the song had over 8.3 million views and the music video racked in over 13.2 million views in just four.

The incredibly sexy video, which was shot by Director Juame De La Iguana, features Shakira and Maluma crossing paths in an Indian deli that leads to a secret nightclub in a back room.

Enchanted by Shakira‘s presence, Maluma leaves the deli and follows her into the hidden, yet chic club.

Throughout the video, Shakira’s tries to seduce Maluma into getting on the floor by playfully dancing and giving him some shots to drink.

When wearing a pink wig, a bustier cutout top and black and see-through silver skirt ensemble doesn’t work, she goes to the men’s bathroom, ditches the wig and reveals her signature blond locks. Later, she has on some dangerously short shorts strapped with a strategically placed leg harness on the outside.

When she catches Maluma watching her change she starts dancing seductively.

After everyone clears the club and Shakira does a sultry dance in between two mirrors, Maluma finally comes around and the two dance hand in hand towards the end of the video.

Shakira’s Sexy New Single

After over a month of anticipation, Shakira‘s new single “Chantaje (Blackmail) ” featuring Maluma has finally hit the airwaves.

Shakira’s new single will be a part of her first full album under Jay-Z‘s Roc Nation management team. Her previous manager was Argentine lawyer Antonio de la Rua, who was her romantic partner for 11 years.

Unfortunately, after leaving Rua, he sued the multiplatinum singer initially for $250 million and then for $100 million. The lawsuit was dismissed and Shakira moved on to a relationship with Spanish footballer Gerard Pique with whom she has two sons with.

Could “Chantaje” be about her former lover?

Throughout the song Shakira sings that “en esta relación soy yo la que manda (in this relationship, I am the boss) and that “Yo nunca quise burlarme de ti (I never wanted to mock you).”

Listen to the full song below.

Lyrics below:



Yo te quiero aunque no quieres
Puro, puro chantaje
Puro, puro chantaje
Vas libre como el aire
En esta relación soy yo la que manda
No pare bola, que eso es mala propaganda
Para que te has ido, para que te coman el oído
No vayas a enderezar, lo que no esta torcido
Pregunta a el, o a quien tu quieras
Mira te juro que eso no es así
Yo nunca tuve una mala intención
Yo nunca quise burlarme de ti
Yo te quiero aunque no quieres
Puro, puro chantaje
Puro, puro chantaje
Vas libre como el aire
English translation


I love you but you do not want
Pure, pure blackmail
Pure, pure blackmail
You are free as air
In this relationship, I am the boss
Do not stop ball, that’s bad propaganda
So that you’re gone, so you eat the ear
Do not go right, which is not twisted
Ask him, or anyone you want
Look swear it is not so
I was never a bad intention
I never wanted to mock you
I love you but you do not want
Pure, pure blackmail
Pure, pure blackmail
You are free as air




Shakira’s New Single



It’s been almost two months since Shakira hinted on Instagram that she will be coming out with new music by dancing to a new beat while in a studio. After a long wait, she has revealed through the social media site the title of her new song and her collaborator.

However, before she announced the name of her new single and the featured act, she dropped clues for fans to figure it out themselves throughout Instagram.

After showing off pics where she was dressed as a magician, in front of a drawing of a crown and holding up a sign with Alejandro “Chan” Sanz next to the letters TA and G, it was off to the races as her fans tried to be the first to guess correctly.

Once a lucky fan was able to guess that her new song is “Chantaje” (Blackmail) and that her collaborator would be Maluma, she let the rest of her fans in on the secret.

The lucky fan then got an exclusive look at the single’s artwork.

Not only has she revealed the album artwork, but the lucky fans that were able to guess both correctly received a call from Shakira as she played a snippet of her song.

All of “Chantaje” featuring Maluma will be out tomorrow for everyone to hear.

Shakira Working on New Music?

Singer Shakira has not been on the airwaves much since having her second child, Sasha, with her partner the Spanish pro football player Gerard Pique, but that may all change soon.

Five days ago, the multilingual “Whenever, Wherever” songstress posted a video of herself dancing to music in a studio for her 23.9 million followers on Instagram to see.

Hard at work. Shak

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In the video, the natural beauty is joking that “she doesn’t have any cream on her face” as she shakes her hips to a beat being produced for a new song.

This will be her first full album being made under her new management team Roc Nation, which is owned by hip-hop mogul Jay-Z. Her last studio album was the self-titled “Shakira,” which came out in 2014.


Shakira launches “The Grow” parenting app!


Shakira is getting digital once again.

Last year, the Hips Don’t Lie singer released an app game aptly titled Love Rocks Shakira which received closed to a million installations but now the singer is coming out with another app devoted to educating.

After giving birth to her first son, Milan three years ago with Spanish soccer player Gerard Piqué, Shakira recalls turning to her mother, her mother-in-law, as well as the Internet for any advice on thing. Inspired by this, along with the birth of her second son, Sasha the singer decided there should be a new bilingual parenting app that will be helpful to all new parents.

I wanted it to be something that wasn’t overwhelming, but that was really thorough and offered a rich variety of content,” said Shakira, about her parenting app she is launching with the aid of Fisher-Price, “With this app, you can simply use the daily age-appropriate tip or activity sent to you, or you can access the entire library of tips at any time if you’re looking for something different or want to focus on a specific developmental category that day.”

So, The Grow App was born.

Last year, information regarding the app was released and now at its launch there’s more insight into what the app has to offer. The program is filled with developmental tips, age-appropriate activities, and social media capabilities which enable parents to photograph or record and share all their favorite memories of their precious children and share with their friends as well.

We started when he was 6 months old and he caught on right away. With Sasha, I’ve found that he’s really musical and has an innate capacity for it; he even plays the drums,” said Shakira, talking about her personal experiences of recording moments with her son and sharing them on Instagram & Facebook for all to see and share in these moments; thus proving the app’s usefulness.

I’ve documented those moments and countless others. I’m a serial documenter,” added Shakira, who also recorded a video of her son Sasha kicking a soccer ball possibly documenting his first steps into following in his father’s footsteps.

Another integral part of the app the singer said it was extremely important was the app being available in Spanish because she wants the tools & tips offered to have as great a reach as possible.

There are many mothers in Latin American countries that have less support than others that I want to help, even a small contribution.”

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Shakira Gets Animated!

By Jessica Torres

In theaters today, the movie Zootopia features Shakira as pop sensation Gazelle!

The long awaited for Disney movie brings the themes of diversity and togetherness to the forefront in an easy to follow and riveting plot.The plethora of trailers feature a soon to be hit song performed by Shakira herself called “Try Everything” with an upbeat rhythm and lyrics so catchy even her 3 year old son is singing it!


Traditionally a gazelle is a small slender animal but Shakira worked very closely with the film’s animators to give the singing Gazelle a more realistic figure such as hers. Known for her amazing hips Shakira divulged that she pushed for her character to have bigger hips as well! She confesses that when the producers approached her with the first visuals of Gazelle she thought that “she was too skinny, she was too fit. I told them, guys you have to put some meat on her bones!”

Living in a world where a little extra meat on your bones is beautiful it’s great to see characters in films reflect society, even if it makes the character of Gazelle seem much more appetizing to the likes of lions! When asked about her resemblance to the character she plays Shakira admits that not only do they both have hips but they are also equally opinionated and outspoken.


Shakira definitely recommends this movie to people of all ages, it’s not just for kids! Catch Zootopia at your local theater today.

Watch the official trailer here!

Colombian native Shakira is an inspiration to us all as a hard working woman balancing her career and raising 2 young children with help from her husband, “I consider myself a laborer building my career brick over brick under the sun” – Shakira

Shakira stirs #TBT controversy with Soccer fans!


Shakira has found herself in the center of controversy among football or soccer fans due to a recent Throwback Thursday photo.

Earlier this week, the Spanish soccer team—Real Madrid—announced that Zinedine Zidanea—a popular figure amongst soccer fans and a former player for the team—would be replacing former coach of the Real Madrid Rafa Benitez and since then fans have been posting old photos of Zidane.

For a recent Throwback Thursday—a hashtag trend on social media in-which users posts old photos of themselves—fans of Zidane posted a from May 2005 which shows the coach posing for a photos with Colombian singer Shakira and since the post soccer fans have been questioning the singers loyalty.

Soccer fans are calling Shakira’s loyalty into questions since for the last 5 years the singer has been in a relationship with Gerard Piqué—whom the singer has two sons with—who happens to play for FC Barcelona, a team that is known to be a part of a rivalry with the Real Madrid.

The posting on Twitter even takes a dig at Shakira’s loyalty captioning the photo, “Before becoming a Barca fan, Shakira was snapped holding a Real Madrid shirt with Zidane.”

The photo that has stirred fans into a tizzy on social media was taken 11 years ago when Shakira was in Madrid during the European leg of her tour, and had stopped by to watch a match between the Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid.

While in attendance, Shakira was given a signed jersey with her name printed on the back; she also took photos with Zidane other so-called Galácticos, a name given to Zidane and other high-salaried stars like David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo were known as back in the early 2000s.

11 years is a long time for someone’s interest in a sports team to change, especially when in that time a relationship and children are involved, but to some hardcore fans that is no excuse…apparently.

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Romeo Santos, Jennifer Lopez & more Latinos star in HBO’s “The Latin Explosion: A New America!”


Jennifer Lopez, Eva Longoria, Ricky Martin, Sofia Vergara, George Lopez are just a few of the Latino superstars who will appear in a new HBO documentary aimed specifically at spotlighting just how Latinos impact the United States of America.

In a recently released trailer, “The Latin Explosion: A New America,” is a documentary that brings together some of the hottest and well-known Latino celebrities in music, television, and film within the country and asks them: what it means to be a Latino in the U.S.? And the obstacles they have had to overcome.

Within the trailer, singer Gloria Estefan describes how at the start of her career she was advised that she should change her name because it would be too complicated to pronounce.

In candid interviews, stars like Cheech Marin, Rita Moreno, Shakira, Romeo Santos, and many more with the stars above take part in this project and also share or discuss their own personal experience within the entertainment industry in the U.S.

The documentary also will depict major historical events within the industry that had a large effect on impacting the Latino community today.

The U.S. is the 2nd largest Spanish-speaking country in the world,” said Ricky Martin, in the trailer for the movie, before adding, “Boom!” to demonstrate how impressive that idea is considering that there are numerous other Spanish-speaking countries in this world.

Tommy Mottola, a well-known Music Producer who has a hand in launching some of the music industry’s most popular stars like Marc Anthony, Mariah Carey, as well as Lopez, Martin, and Shakira served as the documentary’s producer.

In an interview about the documentary, Mottola said that a documentary has “assembled the largest array of Latino superstars ever in a film telling a powerful story of their history and immigration, politics, and rise from a small minority population to the most critical demographic in the United States.”

The documentary couldn’t be coming out at a more important time. With certain political candidates shining a negative light on the Latino community, the film can be a powerful tool in showing other groups outside of Latinos just how important and impactful the community is.

Latinos spend $1.3 trillion a year, making them one of the most powerful groups of consumers today,” Mottola added, noting that Latinos are known as one of the biggest consumer demographics within the United States.

In the trailer it is noted within a caption that “In 1950 1 in 50 Americans were Latino,” but “By 2050, it will be 1in 3,” which is a statistical prediction that has yet to be discredited, but continues to gain backing.

And being a community believed to growing, it is quite possible when Mottola explained that Latinos will also have a huge impact on the upcoming 2016 presidential election once again. Latinos presented a strong presence in the 2012 election, and not every Latino voted then.

Latinos may not just only impact the 2016 elections, but could be more of a presence down the road in politics.

There is no doubt in my mind that by 2025 we will have a Latino president,” Mottola said, and he may just be right.

The Latin Explosion: A New America, narrated by John Leguizamo will air Nov. 16 at 9 p.m. ET on HBO and HBO Latino.

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With more than 50 million Latinos now living in the United States, Latinos are taking their seat at the table as the new American power brokers in the world of entertainment, business, politics and the arts. As Latinos’ influence in American society has soared, they have entered mainstream American culture, and the proof is in the music.

Executive produced by legendary music mogul Tommy Mottola, THE LATIN EXPLOSION: A NEW AMERICA features a dazzling array of artists at the center of Latino cultural power and influence, including Marc Anthony, Emilio Estefan Jr., Gloria Estefan, José Feliciano, Eva Longoria, George Lopez, Jennifer Lopez, Los Lobos, Cheech Marin, Ricky Martin, Rita Moreno, Pitbull, Romeo Santos, Shakira, Thalía and Sofía Vergara. Narrated by John Leguizamo, the exclusive presentation debuts MONDAY, NOV. 16 on HBO and HBO Latino, and will be simulcast in Latin America and the Caribbean via HBO Latin America.

“We have assembled the largest array of Latino superstars ever in a film telling a powerful story of their history and immigration, politics, and rise from a small minority population to the most critical demographic in the United States,” comments Mottola. “Latinos spend 1.3 trillion dollars a year, making them one of the most powerful groups of consumers today. Latinos played a large part in the outcome of the last election and will certainly be a larger part in the upcoming 2016 election.

There is no doubt in my mind that by 2025 we will have a Latino president –  Tommy Motola

THE LATIN EXPLOSION celebrates the artists and visionaries who have exploded onto the U.S. music scene and gone on to become global superstars, showing how they have influenced every aspect of American society, from culture to politics to the economy. The film ranges from the cha-cha and mambo crazes of the ‘50s, with Desi Arnaz and Rita Moreno, and the edgier ‘60s, reflected by Carlos Santana and Jose Feliciano, to the exciting new sound of salsa in the ‘70s and the emergence of superstars Gloria Estefan and Emilio Estefan in the ‘80s.

THE LATIN EXPLOSION also spotlights the Latino boom of the late ‘90s, led by Ricky Martin, Shakira, Mark Anthony and Jennifer Lopez, and today’s hottest stars, Pitbull and Romeo Santos. Some of the featured artists discuss how their crossover hits have played a role in defining the American experience, setting the stage for today’s Latin Explosion.

NEW AMERICA, premiering Monday, November 16 at 9PM on HBO and HBO Latino.