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Shakira Biography

Birth Name:
Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll
Birth Place:
Barranquilla, Colombia
Profession
Singer, songwriter

Fast Facts

  • Learned to belly dance at the age of 4
  • Moved to Bogotá, Colombia, at 13 to pursue a modeling career, but ended up signing a recording contract with Sony Music Colombia
  • Starred in the Colombian telenovela El Oasis in 1994
  • Gloria Estefan helped in the translation of "Ojos Así" for Shakira's first English-language album, Laundry Service
  • In 2003, Mattel launched a Shakira doll
  • Received a UN humanitarian award in 2006 for starting Barefoot, a Colombian charity that helps children escape violence
  • Launched the beauty line "S by Shakira" in 2010
  • Appointed by Barack Obama to serve on the Advisory Commission on Education Excellence for Hispanics in 2011
  • Awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2011
  • Often performs barefoot in concert

Awards

  • 2008Golden Globe-Best Original Song - Motion Picture: nominated

Relationships

  • Don William Mebarak Chadid -- Father
  • Alberto Mebarak -- Half Brother
  • Antonio Mebarak -- Half Brother
  • Edward Mebarak -- Half Brother
  • Moisés Mebarak -- Half Brother
  • Tonino Mebarak -- Half Brother
  • Lucy Mebarak -- Half Sister
  • Patricia Mebarak -- Half Sister
  • Nidia Ripoll Torrado -- Mother
  • Gerard Piqué -- Significant Other
  • Milan Piqué Mebarak -- Son
  • Sasha Piqué Mebarak -- Son