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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 2 February 1977Barranquilla, Colombia
Birth NameShakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll
Nickname Shaki
Height 5' 2" (1.57 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Grammy-winning Latina pop singer Shakira was born in Barranquilla, Colombia, on February 2, 1977. Her father is a Lebanese American immigrant and her mother a native of Colombia of Italian and Spanish descent. Shakira began her musical career at age 12 and quickly captured fans throughout Latin America. She won the 2001 Best Latin pop Grammy for her "MTV Unplugged" album.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Luis32789@aol.com

Trade Mark (8)

Performs barefoot in most of her concerts
Her dancing hips
Sexy dance moves
Frequently wears tight clothes.
Wavy blonde hair
Distinctive singing voice
Short petite frame
Colombian accent

Trivia (57)

Announced engagement to Antonio de la Rúa, son of the then president of Argentina. [March 2001]
Is the youngest of eight siblings.
Shakira is Arabic for "grateful" or "full of grace".
Named her album "Laundry Service" because when she is in love she feels "clean and fresh".
Fluent in English, Italian and Portuguese, in addition to Spanish.
Her Lebanese grandmother taught her the art of Arabian belly dancing so she can stay true to her Middle Eastern roots.
Has perfect pitch: the ability to recognize any note upon hearing it or sing any note without prior to hearing it.
Her manager for Latin America, Patricia Téllez, the woman who helped her go from being a local artist to Grammy-winning global artist, died of a heart attack in Bogotá, Colombia, on August 17, 2004.
Ranked #9 in Stuff magazine's "102 Sexiest Women in the World". [2002]
Daughter of William Mebarak Chadid and Nidia del Carmen Ripoll Torrado.
Her mother is Colombian-born, with a background that includes Spanish (Catalan and Castilian), and some Italian. Her father was born in the United States, to Colombian-born parents, Alberto Mebarak Spath and Isabel Chadid Baizer, both of Lebanese ancestry.
When she was two years old, her oldest half-brother died in an accident while he was riding a motorcycle and a drunk man hit him with his car.
Her oldest half-sister, Lucy, is a surgeon; Alberto, her half-brother, is a lawyer; Moisés is the third child; Tonino is the fourth child and the closest to Shakira, having worked many years as her road manager. Then is Patricia, who lives in Spain and is a special education teacher; finally, there are Antonio and Edward, the youngest, who lives in Miami.
The first English song she wrote was "Objection", from the album "Laundry Service" (2001).
Lost her suitcase with all her songs from "Dónde están los ladrones?" in an airport in Bogotá, Colombia. This happened a couple of months before she walked into the recording studio to begin that album.
Mattel put out several Barbie dolls inspired by Shakira and her look.
Her album "Fijación oral, Vol. 1" is #1 on the Billboard Latin Albums Chart. [September 2005]
Attended La Ensenanza School in Barranquilla. While there, she was diagnosed with ADHD.
Her second English language album "Oral Fixation, Vol. 2" was released. [November 2005]
Lists John Lennon as her #1 music influence.
Her cousin is fashion designer and Miss Colombia 2006, Valerie Domínguez Tarud.
Ranked #76 in FHM magazine's "100 Sexiest Women in the World 2005" special supplement.
Was featured as #15 in Maxim magazine's "Hot 100 Women of 2002" supplement.
Has homes in the Bahamas; Miami; Barranquilla, Colombia; and Barcelona, Spain.
She was attached to play Mimi in a television miniseries based on the Broadway musical "Rent", with Neil Patrick Harris as Mark Cohen, Wilson Cruz as Angel, and Rikki Lee Travolta as Roger Davis, but the rights were pulled in order for Chris Columbus to make a film adaptation using much of the original Broadway cast.
Her recording of "La tortura" was a #1 hit in many countries, most of them in Europe.
"Hips Don't Lie" instantly soared to the top of the charts in many countries and was at the very top for many months. It won numerous awards and was performed all over the world along with Wyclef Jean. It is a remake of "Dance Like This", recorded by Wyclef for the Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights Soundtrack in 2004, with Claudette Ortiz.
Ranked #20 in FHM magazine's "100 Sexiest Women in the World 2006" supplement.
Is a huge fan of Bollywood movies and music from India. She got in touch with Farah Khan, the most famous choreographer in India, and asked her if she could choreograph a dance for her performance at the 2006 MTV Video Awards. That night, Shakira's performance was the most memorable one as she sang and danced to "Hips Don't Lie" in traditional Indian clothing.
Best concert she ever saw - Depeche Mode.
While promoting "Pies descalzos", she returned to Barranquilla in 1997 for a huge homecoming concert, the first one since becoming a star. Tragedy struck that night when the venue failed to control the 50,000 fans rushing in to see their star. Two people ended up being trampled to death, and this deeply affected her.
Ranked #38 on Maxim magazine's Hot 100 Women of 2007 list.
Ranked #33 on VH1's 100 Sexiest Artists.
Her first tape was Donna Summers song "Bad Girls".
Sports: likes to play golf, tennis, basketball and swimming.
Has three dogs: Coquito, Chan, and Gordita.
In 2007, Forbes magazine reported that her 2006 earnings were estimated at $38 million.
Separated from Antonio de la Rúa after 10 years together. [2010]
Close friends with Gabriela Vaca Guzman.
She wrote her first poem, "La rosa de cristal", when she was four years old.
Her half-brother died at a motorcycle accident when she was age two. At the age of eight, she wrote her first song entitled "Tus Gafas Oscuras", which was inspired by her father because he always wore dark glasses to hide his grief.
Was appointed by Barack Obama to serve on his Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. However, her alleged expertise in early childhood education has been under scrutiny by educators who point out her zero years of teaching experience and lack of a college degree.
Protege of Emilio Estefan Jr..
Launch of her fragrance, S by Shakira. [2010]
Delivered her son, Milan, via caesarean section.
Returned to work two months after giving birth to her son, Milan, in order to begin coaching on The Voice (2011).
Her favorite actor is Hugh Grant.
Ranked #18 in Men's Health magazine's 100 Hottest Women of All Time. [2011]
She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 6270 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on November 8, 2011.
Ranked #38 on Maxim magazine's Hot 100 Women of 2014 list. This is the second time she has been ranked #38 in Maxim magazine's Hot 100 Women, the first time in 2007.
Was one of a list of celebrities erroneously reported to have a certified-genius IQ by Mensa. A press release by the organization stated that, "Mensa International has not issued a list of celebrity members recently. Mensa International would like it to be known that it does not issue lists of Mensa members to the press or outside Mensa, nor disclose individual IQ scores to anyone." Other celebrities included in this false list were Madonna, Steve Martin, Quentin Tarantino and James Woods.
Has been in a relationship with Gerard Piqué since 2010. They have two sons together.
Gave birth to her first child at age 35, a son named Milan Piqué Mebarak on January 22, 2013 via C-section. He weighed approximately 6 pounds, 6 ounces at birth. Child's father is her boyfriend, Gerard Piqué.
Gave birth to her second child at age 37, a son in the late evening of January 29, 2015 at the Quiron Tecknon in Barcelona via C-section. Child's with her boyfriend, Gerard Piqué.
Bought her parents a home in Nassau, Bahamas.
Shares the same birthday with boyfriend and father of her children Gerard Piqué.
In 1993, she performed as a contestant at the Viña del Mar International Music Festival (Chile). One of the members of the Jury was Ricky Martin. In 2013, she recalled this experience on Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2003). Learning that the city's name meant "Wineyard of the Sea" in English, Kimmel joked "it's like grapes in the Ocean, then!".

Personal Quotes (59)

The worst mistake of a woman is to go to the kitchen, because then she never gets out of there.
I admire a person who, for the love of art, is able to take off their clothes in front of a camera. But I'm not capable, I'm too cowardly for that.
It's not easy to work with me, I recognize that. It's not easy if those people aren't perfectionistic as as I am.
The worst frustration for a singer is choosing a career in making music and then not being able to make music because you're always giving interviews.
My brain, I believe, is the most beautiful part of my body.
Videos come definitely after the music has been created, but I have always felt, and especially today, that videos are vital in the album process. I think that we live in a very visual era and if you make a mistake with a video, those images will accompany the song forever. There is no way to divorce the image from the music once the video has been filmed and exposed.
I remember the first time I saw the video "Smells Like Teen Spirit". I will never forget that day. I just wanted to see Kurt Cobain's face. I had a feeling he was very cute. But I couldn't see his face. When I finally did see him, he was even cuter than I imagined!
People think I like to expose my body. But I don't. It's just because the dance moves require it.
You can laugh, but since I was a child, I knew that I was going to be a well-known singer-songwriter; that was something I had no doubts about. It was almost like a prophecy.
I love reading about history. Sometimes, I feel I was born in the wrong era. There was more creativity in the air when people were still discovering new worlds.
Writing in English was a major challenge. I didn't want other songwriters to write for me. I wanted to preserve the spirit of my songs in Spanish. I am the same Shakira in English as I am in Spanish.
I expect my beloved to be kind, generous, I expect him not to lie so I can look him straight in the eyes, and I expect him to fall in love with me 10 times a day.
I think my dad is the only Arabic descendent who is an unsuccessful businessman.
I'm lucky to have family around me. Otherwise, I'll be taking the risk of falling in love with myself. But there are always people close to me who I trust, who will scold me and pull my ears if I need it. Fame isolates people from reality. That happens to many artists, and I don't want it to happen to me.
I have learned that I am an adult already. And to grow with something is sometimes painful. And its great; I don't say it's a bad thing - but many things change, and many more responsibilities come, and you have more closure in your life, and more possibilities. It's just that it's not as pink as before, but its more interesting.
The cobra is deadly but mongoose can overcome it. We all have possibillity to defeat prejudiced and resentment in our lives. Fear is the thing that makes us attack, that makes us strike. We must overcome it. We must.
I'm a believer. I try to be near God, because when I feel that there's a certain distance, everything begins to look like a blur. It makes the road somewhat smoother. When I feel that I'm without God, I have to make an effort to drag my feet to keep on going.
I think I look like a chipmunk.
The leaders are lacking love, and love is lacking leaders.
I cannot expect that I will be successful my whole life. We live so caught up in the moment, it's important to get some perspective. Ultimately, I know I've been very lucky.
When I perform, I find myself exorcised of everything that keeps me trapped in my everyday life.
A bed is still the first thing I look for when I have 20 free minutes. I still read a book if I have a free hour, and go to a movie if I have four.
I never went through an adolescence when kids become rebels and do drugs. I was always the good girl.
I had my first boyfriend when I was 12, and my parents knew about it. My dad was very jealous. I had an older sister in medical school, and he would not let her wear tight jeans.
Earlier I tried not to show my stomach, because I thought it wasn't perfect and I would have seemed fat. I would have died! But that does not bother me anymore. Like my dad says there is nothing more beautiful than some meat on the bones.
I am a pop star, but I also have an opinion. I grew up in a country that has existed under the whip of violence for 40 years, so how can I not? You know in my country, a 5-year-old knows not only of Disney and Mickey Mouse but of guerrillas and paramilitaries. You grow up with that kind of awareness, of what the world is really like. To be political in my country doesn't mean you want to run for presidency, to be political simply means to have an opinion
Of course, I am trying to make my accent not bother anyone, but I am not going to drive myself crazy trying to pretend I am an American girl when I am from Colombia.
I've gone through everything with the paparazzi, where they are even hanging from the trees trying to get a picture. But I have a wonderful relationship with the press. I don't feel mistreated. There is great communication between me and the media, and that makes me feel so lucky because I see how an artist can suffer. But I also live a life a journalist would find very boring. I've been dating the same guy for six years. I'm not a party animal, and you never see me shopping because I hate shopping.
Colombia is a country of victims, and not of murderers.
I do feel that there is a difference between - especially the visual part - what I used to do in Latin America and what I do now. This album (Laundry Service) came out and all of a sudden I saw myself surrounded by 20 stylists, makeup artists, hairdressers, directors, assistant to the director, assistant to the assistant to the director. I try to be in control because some of your essence kind of gets a little hurt. That's why it's so important for me to do these live shows. On the stage, there's no tricks, there's no way to fool anybody, so you either like what you see or you hate it, that's it. It's just the bare truth.
My belly dancing represents me - it's a trademark. I've tried to incorporate it in original ways in modern songs. But sometimes, it bugs me a bit that people resort to (saying) that I'm shaking my ass with a huge sexual charge, instead of recognizing it as a move that, yeah, it's loaded with sensuality, but it's also part of an artistic expression.
I certainly don't want to identify with Cinderella, she had a dream that lasted only until midnight. I want it to last until at least 3 a.m.
The industry is a bit more visual oriented (more) towards something to the eyes than something to the ears, That's a bit of a contradiction. We can't forget that, at the end of the day, what really matters here is music. I must confess that sometimes I have been a victim of that.
I guess there's many ways to become an enlightened human being, but I guess the shortest path is always through love. And the shortest path to becoming a better person is always through loving someone. If you don't know how to treat the ones that you love then how are you going to treat those that you don't know, or those who are your enemies?
I think in every artist's life, when, right after a performance, we get to feel a certain loneliness and solitude. After receiving so much attention and love from your fans, suddenly everything stops.
Nationalism is cured by traveling
I want to learn how to live in the present with my eyes open. Because, you know, we always go through the present blindfolded with our hearts in the past and our minds in the future. And that way we never enjoy the here and now.
When you fall in love, you prioritize everything. It's like cleaning up and putting things in place.
I always believed that women have rights and that there are some women that are intelligent enough to claim those rights. There are some others that are stupid enough not to. It is as cut-and dried as that. It doesn't matter if you are a woman or not; in this life, to earn your place you have to fight for it.
My celebrity arrived gradually, and this is why I am not too much shocked or am not traumatised. In spite of that, I am always surprised when I see myself on television.
For several years, I worried a lot about protecting an image, but today, I have understood that the image cannot be preconceived.
In any woman's life, there's a moment when we stand in front of a mirror and we're not happy. It might be when we're 32 and we think about what it will be like being 36, or when we're 36 we might think of being younger. We're never content with the way we are and the way we look. But if you start loving yourself the way you are, and accepting yourself the way you are, your outlook totally changes.
I was born close to the ocean and live close to it. I spent all my Sundays on the ocean, and to me it will always be a magical place. I can always find different memories in my head, but special moments were on the ocean or staring at the sea - falling in love, playing, or just talking to myself. It kind of seduces you. But lately I've been fearing it a little bit because of the sharks, the attacks, you know? But then again, they were there first.
In some moment, I came to fall into the claws of moralism. Something very typical for a Latin-American woman, who has lived in a culture of repression. I thought I had all the answers, I was full of hasty judgments. Today, I feel more liberated and open. I'm more tolerant. I respect ideas different to mine. Moralism is a disease. It shouldn't be exactly related to religion, - but it is true that my view of religion has also changed lately.
[on death] I always tried not to touch that subject, because it would really give me existential anxiety. Death is not only related to the physical death of the body, it's also related to the death of relationships or feelings. Every day, I feel a little bit older, a little less alive, more alive with the possibility of being less alive, closer to death.
One of the ways I grew up was through the loss of people close to me. The person who was my closest friend and who managed me for five years, Patricia Tellez, died suddenly from a blood clot. The other friend, a friend from Barranquilla, died from cancer and she was only 33. She left three children.
Every single project, it doesn't matter how big it is or how small it is, we take it with the same interest and the same enthusiasm, and we make the same effort. I feel the exact thing before I sing on Saturday Night Live (1975) as when I sang on a very small television show in Colombia. Before the first singing contest I ever participated in, I felt the same nervousness I feel now. So part of me gets bigger and keeps evolving, but at the end of the day, you end up feeling the same things.
Technology scares me. We live surrounded by a battalion of sounds, engaged in ostentatious displays of new recording techniques. But, to me, the fundamental essence of a song lies in the melody and the lyrics.
I'm not a model for anyone and the truth is, I never even tried a hit of pot. I'm not saying that I've never ever felt curious, but I feel that if I were doped up I would not even be able to smell, or eat, or breathe, or sing. And I don't want to start using crutches when I know that I can walk. Drug addiction is a loss of freedom.
I prefer an ugly truth to a pretty lie. If someone is telling me the truth that is when I will give my heart.
I don't like the competition part of soccer. It's a war in short pants. I prefer art.
I couldn't strip naked. Maybe when I'm 40, I will change my mind. Around 10 years ago, I couldn't imagine putting on a skin-tight body suit and high heels and dancing in a golden cage, hanging upside down from the bars. Today, I'm saying I'll never show myself naked. Our opinions change all the time.
I love chocolate. I'm addicted to it. Do you know when I realized that? Shortly before we started shooting the video for "She Wolf". I needed a whole month to get back into shape. I danced, worked out and had to stick to a strict diet - only fish, spinach and a specially-prepared dessert with tofu. For the first time in my life, I was dreaming of chocolate and cake and always woke up with tears in my eyes.
I think, if you can prove the existence of God, it can only be proven through love. I even had lost my faith for a while... I started to think that there was no God. And suddenly, I meet Gerard [Piqué] and the sun comes out.
I don't obsess on my flaws because I see my body as a whole. Besides, I think men appreciate confidence more than perfection.
[When asked if she told her boyfriend, Gerard Piqué, about the video concept of her song with Rihanna, "Can't Remember to Forget You"] I asked him if he agreed with everything and he agreed. I wanted to make sure because he's super-jealous. He's territorial. He wants to know everything is under control.
I admire Madonna because she always did whatever she felt like doing. She went through some controversial periods when people rejected her, but she kept on reinventing herself.
[on break-up with Antonio] It's very difficult to think that you're with someone that you know, and all of a sudden you don't know them: it turns out that they betray you. It's painful, but it's best to turn the page.
[on being the only girl on The Voice] Dealing with boys at work and being the only girl can be challenging. I have my insecurities, but I've learned I have to be a good sport. I have to be able to take certain jokes and not take them personally. There are jokes made almost every second of the day. I had to develop a tough hide. You know, the music industry is dominated by guys. I work with men 98 percent of the time-producers, arrangers, musicians, engineers.

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