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Colombian singer-songwriter, musician, record producer, dancer and philanthropist


Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll, known professionally as Shakira, is a Colombian singer-songwriter, musician, record producer, dancer, philanthropist, and actress who emerged as a musical prodigy in the music scene of Latin America in the early 1990s. Born and raised in Barranquilla, Colombia, Shakira revealed many of her talents in school as a live performer, demonstrating her vocal ability with rock and roll, Latin and Middle Eastern influences with her own original twist on belly dancing.

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Birth nameShakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll
Date of BirthFebruary 2, 1977
Place of BirthBarranquilla, Colombia
OccupationsSinger-songwriter, musician, record producer, philanthropist, dancer, actress
GenresLatin pop, Brown-eyed soul, pop rock, alternative, world, dance, urban
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, harmonica, drums, percussion
Years active1990–present
LabelsSony Music Colombia (1990—1996), Sony Discos (1996—2002), Epic (2000—present), Live Nation Artists (2008—present)
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 I have no plans to get married. Ever. There’s something romantic about being someone’s girlfriend forever. I like the state that I’m in. 
— Shakira has no plans to get married despite being engaged / June 27, 2010
 I definitely plan to have children but I don’t see a wedding dress, 
— Shakira wants to start a family with boyfriend Antonio De La Rua / June 27, 2010
 I don’t want to and I don’t have to, 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. 
— Shakira is not ready to pose na*ed / June 15, 2010
 I was brought up in a very Catholic environment. My father has Lebanese roots. I grew up on the North coast of Columbia where life is quite traditional. There are things I’m not courageous enough to do. 
— Shakira is not ready to pose na*ed / June 15, 2010
 I heard about it on the news and I thought, 'Wow,'. It is unjust and it's inhuman, and it violates the civil and human rights of the Latino community ... It goes against all human dignity, against the principles of most Americans I know. 
— Shakira on the Arizona Immigration Law / April 30, 2010

 I'm not an expert on the Constitution but I know the Constitution exists for a reason. It exists to protect human beings, to protect the rights of people living in a nation with or without documents. We're talking about human beings here. 
— Shakira on the Arizona Immigration Law / April 30, 2010
 All through my 20s I spent more time worrying what I didn’t have than thinking about what I did have. I wished I was taller, had longer legs, slimmer hips, a smaller bottom, even straighter hair. I’m just like all women — we’re born to criticize ourselves. 
— Shakira wanted a smaller bottom when she was younger / April 18, 2010