Shakira

Shakira, a Colombian IconMost people around the world have heard of Shakira; she’s one of the most popular and successful pop musicians around today. What a lot of people don’t realize, however, is that she’s from our fair Colombia, and being as she’s a lady with blonde hair and breasts that are ‘small and humble’, often this comes as quite a shock.

Shakira hails from the Caribbean city of Barranquilla, a city famous for its relaxed atmosphere and the spectacular Barranquilla Carnival. Visibly talented from a young age, Shakira not only excels in performance art but also speaks Spanish (native), English, Italian, Portuguese, French and some Arabic.

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Shakira had a couple of commercial flops in Latin America before the release of Pies Descalzos, which brought her success in both Latin America and Spain. Her subsequent album, ¿Donde Están los Ladrones? was another success, selling over 7 million copies around the world.

Her breakthrough in the Western music world came with her English-language single ‘Whenever, Wherever’, which was the biggest selling single of 2002 and introduced the English speaking world to her unique voice and dancing style.

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The single was taken from the album Laundry Service, which sold over 13 million copies worldwide.

Shakira’s biggest success was with the song ‘Hips Don’t Lie’ with Wycleff Jean, which holds the acclaim of being the best selling song of the 2000s.

Also a renowned philanthropist, Shakira's Pies Descalzos Foundation provides schools for poor children all over Colombia.

Shakira was enganged to Antonio de la Rúa but their 11 year relationship ended in 2010. Now she regularly nauseates audiences appearing side-by-side with her new partner, Barcelona FC’s Gerard Piqué.

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