Fiery Facts About Shakira

August 12, 2017 | Mathew Burke

Fiery Facts About Shakira


“I'm a multi-faceted woman and person, like all women are - there's no black and white. We have shades of grey in the middle. And even many more colours that other people don't see!”


Shakira Facts

43. In Another Life

When asked what career she would have chosen if she was not a musician, Shakira said she probably would have become a psychologist or astronomer.

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42. A Beautiful Mix

Her heritage is a mixture of Lebanese, Colombian, and Italian. Her grandparents emigrated to New York City from Lebanon.

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41. Home is Where the Heart Is

She was born and raised in Colombia, so Spanish is her native language.

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40. It Rolls off the Tongue

Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll is her full name…”Shakira” is Arabic for “grateful,” so it’s beautiful as both a first and stage name.

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39. The Baby

Shakira is the youngest child out of a family of 8 kids.

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38. Tragedy

When she was only 2 years old, her oldest brother was killed by a drunk driver. She wrote a song called “Your Dark Glasses” about the incident.

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37. Young Money

She wrote her first song when she was only 8 years old, and got a record deal at 13.

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36. Smash Hit

Her first album in English was called “Laundry Service.” She said she picked the name because she loves the smell of clean laundry. One of her most famous songs, “Whenever, Wherever” was on that album.

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35. Shoot for the Stars

In 2011, Shakira got her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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34. National Hero

She is the most successful Colombian musician of all time, selling more albums than anyone else in her country. She has sold more than 140 million albums worldwide.

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33. Boss Lady

In 2014, Forbes Magazine voted Shakira as the 58th most powerful woman in the world.

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32. The Award Goes To…

Shakira has won 2 Grammy Awards, and she has been nominated 5 different times.

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31. Remember Me

There is a 16-foot tall metal statue of her in Barranquilla, Colombia. The words “When you look at me, think that you too can accomplish what you want" are inscribed on the statue, where hundred of tourists take pictures every day.

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30. Giving Back

She has donated a good deal of money to a school for the arts in one of the poorest neighborhoods in Barranquilla.

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29. Shake it, Grandma!

Her grandmother taught her how to bellydance.

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28. Unmasking

She was offered a starring role opposite Antonio Banderas in The Mask of Zorro in 1998, but she turned it down because she was afraid her English wasn’t good enough.

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27. Talk it Out

In truth, Shakira can speak multiple languages: Spanish, Portuguese, English, Arabic, and Italian.

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26. Clean Living

Shakira doesn’t drink coffee, smoke, or drink alcohol.

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25. I Vote Yes

In 2012, she became a judge on the TV show The Voice. Her participation in the show boosted the ratings, and she apparently made $12 million for appearing on the show.

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24. What The Heck?

Even though she has so many fans, apparently, not everyone loves Shakira. One time, an angry person tried to attack her with a bag of cement. She was not hurt. Perhaps because of her ninja skills, as seen below.

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23. A Good Heart

In 2006, she started a charity organization to help Colombian children who are starving.

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22. Curvy

In 2016, she played the voice of a famous Gazelle pop star in Zootopia, singing a song called “Try Everything.”  When Disney showed her what the character would look like, she told them to give her wider hips, so they did.

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21. Multi-Talented

Shakira loves to paint. For whatever reason, she likes to illustrate pictures of fried eggs. I get it, eggs are freaking delicious.

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20. Presidential

She used to be engaged to Antonio de la Rua. At the time, he was the son of the President of Argentina. The were together for 11 years.

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19. Set for Life

In 2008, she signed a 10-year contract with Live Nation promising to perform concerts exclusively with them. They gave her $300 million in exchange.

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18. Mentor

One of her heroes is Gloria Estefan. Gloria is a Cuban-American singer, actress, and businesswoman. She kicked off her career as the lead singer in the "Miami Latin Boys" group, which eventually became known as Miami Sound Machine.

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17. Ink-Free

Shakira doesn’t have any tattoos.

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16. Ditch the Heels

Most of the time, Shakira performs her concerts without any shoes on.

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15. “I Can’t Live…”

When asked what her favorite song is, she said that it’s “With or Without You” by U2.

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14. Cleaning Out the Closet

In 2007, Shakira auctioned off 40 of the costumes she wore during concerts to raise money for her charity, The Barefoot Foundation. Barefoot has two meanings: it's the name of the record that made Shakira’s music internationally known, and it also recognizes children living in such poverty that they can't afford shoes.

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13. Cougar

In 2010, Shakira entered a committed relationship with Gerard Piqué, who is a professional FIFA soccer player from Spain. He is 10 years younger than her. Funny enough, both of their birthdays are on February 2nd.

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12. This Time for Africa

In 2010, Shakira’s song “Waka Waka” was the theme of the FIFA World Cup. That’s how she met Gerard.

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11. So Romantic.

While they were filming the “Waka Waka” music video together, Gerard told Shakira, “I’m going to win the World Cup just so I can see you again at Finals.” He did.

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10. Hands Off

During the 2014 World Cup, the couple were banned from having sex, because it’s considered a distraction for the athletes.

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9. Mama!

Shakira and Gerard had two sons together, named Milan, and Sasha.

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8. Diapers are Expensive

When her first son was born, she collaborated with UNICEF to do a “virtual baby shower” to give items to babies in need.

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7. The Jealous Type

Gerard gets a little jealous sometimes (who doesn't?), so he told Shakira she wasn't allowed to make music videos with hot guys anymore. In her video “Can’t Remember to Forget You”, she dances and flirts with Rihanna instead. She explained to the press that she isn’t letting Gerard tell her what to do--it was a mutual decision. She explained that their relationship had an equal balance of power, and that Gerard also doesn't get to do photo shoots with models.

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6. Diplomatic

In 2011, President Barack Obama appointed her as an ambassador in the  White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics.

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5. No Place Like Home

Shakira owns houses all over the world. Some of the places she calls “home” are Miami, the Bahamas, Barcelona, Punta del Este, and Barranquilla.

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4. Smells Like Teen Spirit

She has her own line of perfume in 3 scents: S by Shakira, DANCE, and LOVE ROCK.

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3. Play Nice

Mattel, the same company that makes Barbie, has produced Shakira dolls and a TV series in her image. Instead of keeping this money, she has donated the proceeds to childhood charities.

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2. Vroom, Vroom

Shakira has a collection of Mercedes Benz cars. Even her “soccer mom van” is a Mercedes SUV.

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1. Privacy

Shakira doesn’t just own a place in the Bahamas. She has her own private island. It’s called Bonds Cay Island, and it is a whopping 700 acres. She originally planned to start a vacation resort business there, but plans fell through, and she has only used it as a vacation destination.

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