Shakira is a well-known, multi-talented celebrity from Colombia. You’ve had the chance of seeing her everywhere, either singing or dancing, but usually both! Her song was “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)” – an official song for the FIFA World Cup in 2010. You might remember the tune even today because it’s the biggest-selling World Cup song of all time. Her career is still on the rise, despite having a happy family life with her husband, Gerard Pique, and two children. Shakira has received five MTV Video Music Awards, three Grammy, and twelve Latin Grammy Award and sold millions of records in the United States alone.

Shakira Details
Known AsShakira
Full NameShakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll
Nick NameShaki
ProfessionDancer, Singer, Songwriter, Model, Record Producer
Net Worth2015 – $220 Million
Height5′ 2″
Weight53 kilograms
BuildAthletic / Slim
Eye ColorDark Brown
Hair ColorDyed Blonde (Natural Color – Brown)
Personal Details
Date of BirthFebruary 02, 1977
Birth PlaceBarranquilla, Colombia
Sun SignAquarius
ReligionRoman Catholicism
Marital StatusNot Married
Fan Mail AddressShakira
Roc Nation
1411 Broadway
39th Floor
New York, NY 10018-3410
SchoolLa Ensenanza School
CollegeUniversity of California
Educational QualificationHigh School
Best FriendsGordon Brown, Rihanna, Blake Shelton, Carson Daly
  1. Antonio de la Rúa (2000-2011)
  2. Gerard Pique (2011-Present)
Social Media ProfilesTwitterFacebook, Instagram, YouTube VEVO, Tumblr, Pinterest, Google+ VEVO, iTunes
Debut AlbumMagia in 1991
Famous ForHip and Belly Dancing, “Hips Don’t Lie” song
SalaryShe received around $2,500,000 a month in 2016
FatherWilliam Mebarak Chadid
MotherNidia Ripoll
SiblingsNone (8 half-siblings)
Husband/SpouseNot Married
ChildrenMilan Pique Mebarak, Sasha Pique Mebarak
Other Details
HobbiesPainting, Horse Riding, Reading
Brand EndorsementsPanasonic, Reebok, Crest, Oral B
Likes and Dislikes
  • Food: Pancakes
  • Actor: Hugh Grant
  • Color: Black
  • Perfume: Issey Miyake
  • Song: With or Without You by U2
  • Animals: Horses and Rabbits
Distinctive Features
  • Athletic body with a flat stomach
  • Hips
  • Blonde hair
CarsBMW X6, Mercedes Benz S600, Mercedes Benz SL550, Mercedes Benz SLK 250

It all started way back in 1977 in Colombia when she was an only child to her parents. Shakira’s name in Arabic means grateful, and she certainly lives up to her name. Despite having millions of fans all over the social media, and a big presence, she has remained humble, and takes part in charities, and ever started her own. Her love for music started when her father bought a typewriter, and she started writing poetry on her own. The poetry evolved into songs gradually, as Shakira was able to express how she feels.

Her fame started when she was 10, and continued up to the age of 13 when she was introduced to a local theater producer, Monica Ariza. Monica played a key part in her career after setting her up with Sony Colombia executives, which signed Shakira to record three albums. Her first album was Magia and was recorded when she was 13, like we previously mentioned, and was a collection of songs she wrote herself, in pop-rock ballad genre. However, only 1200 copies were sold, and she decided to go for a second a little later, called Peligro. Controversy followed, as Shaki had issues with the production, and refused to advertise and promote it, and it was considered a commercial failure.

Shakira FIFA World Cup 2014
Shakira speaking at a FIFA World Cup press conference in 2014

She decided to take a hiatus from music, and graduate from high school while taking a role in TV series called The Oasis. Shakira couldn’t stay away from music for a long time, and in 1995 she came back to record a debut album under a major recording company, Sony Music. It was called Pies Descalzos, and released in 1996, reaching the fifth place on U.S. Billboard Top Latin Albums, but 186th on U.S. Billboard 200 list. However, that started Shakira’s international tours and brought her to where she is today. All the years after 2005 were a huge success for her, both on a professional and a personal level. In 2005 she released her sixth album, and we know a song called La Tortura from there.

The album was well received and brought Shakira four Latin Grammy Awards. The year 2008 was extremely important, as she became fourth top-earning music industry female artist, which lead her to sing a $300 million a year contract with Live Nation, for her to tour around the world for the next ten years. In 2013 and 2014 she was a coach in The Voice, and her music career plans were delayed by her first son’s pregnancy. However, Shakira continued her success by teaming up with Rihanna to record a single called “Can’t Remember to Forget You”, which was a big success, and performed at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Shakira Songs

1991Cazador de Amor
1991Cuentas Conmigo
1991Esta Noche Voy Contigo
1991Gafas Oscuras
1991Lejos de tu Amor
1991Necesito de Ti
1993Controlas Mi Destino
1993Este Amor Es Lo Más Bello del Mundo
1993Eterno Amor
1993Quince Años
1993Tú Serás la Historia de Mi Vida
1993Último Momento
1996Amor (Celos de ti)
1996Dónde Estás Corazón?
1996Estou Aqui (Brazilian Edition)
1996Estoy Aquí
1996Pés Descalços
1996Pienso en Ti
1996Pies Descalzos, Sueños Blancos
1996Se Quiere, Se Mata
1996Te Espero Sentada
1996Te Necesito
1996Um Pouco De Amor
1996Un Poco de Amor
1998Ciega, Sordomuda
1998Dónde Están los Ladrones?
1998Moscas en la Casa
1998No Creo
1998Octavo Día
1998Ojos Así
1998Que Vuelvas
1998Si Te Vas
1998Sombra de Ti
2001El Último Adiós (The Last Goodbye)
2001Eyes Like Yours (Ojos Así)
2001Objection (Tango)
2001Poem to a Horse
2001Que Me Quedes Tú
2001Ready for the Good Times
2001Te Aviso, Te Anuncio (Tango)
2001Te Dejo Madrid
2001The One
2001Underneath Your Clothes
2001Whenever, Wherever
2002Always on My Mind
2003Ask for More
2003Knock on My Door
2003Pide Más
2003Pídeme el Sol
2003Todo Para Ti
2003What More Can I Give
2004Back in Black
2005Animal City
2005Costumes Makes the Clown
2005Dia de Enero
2005Día Especial
2005Don’t Bother
2005Dreams for Plans
2005En Tus Pupilas
2005Escondite Inglés
2005Hey You
2005How Do You Do
2005La Pared
2005La Tortura
2005Las de la Intuición
2005Lo Imprescindible
2005Obtener un Sí
2005The Day and the Time
2005Your Embrace
2006Hips Don’t Lie
2006Será, Será (Las Caderas no Mienten)
2007Beautiful Liar
2007Hay Amores
2007Intro / El Nay A’atini Nay
2007King and Queen
2007Pure Intuition
2007Si Tú No Vuelves
2007Te Lo Agradezco, Pero No
2009Años Luz
2009Did It Again
2009Did It Again (Remix)
2009Give It Up to Me
2009Good Stuff
2009Higher Ground
2009La Maza
2009Lo Hecho Está Hecho
2009Lo Hecho Está Hecho (Pitbull)
2009Long Time
2009Men in This Town
2009Mon Amour
2009She Wolf
2009Why Wait
2010Addicted to You (Shakira song)
2010Antes de las Seis
2010Ay Haiti
2010Gracias a la Vida
2010I’ll Stand by You
2010Lo Que Más
2010Loca (Dizzee Rascal)
2010Loca (El Cata)
2010Rabiosa (El Cata)
2010Rabiosa (Pitbull)
2010Sale el Sol
2010Somos El Mundo 25 Por Haiti
2010Todos Juntos
2010Tu Boca
2010Waka Waka (Esto Es África)
2010Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)
2010Waka Waka (Esto Es África) (K-Mix)
2010Waka Waka (This Time for Africa) (K-Mix)
2011Je L’aime à Mourir
2011Nothing Else Matters/Despedida
2014Boig per Tu
2014Broken Record
2014Can’t Remember to Forget You (Rihanna)
2014Chasing Shadows
2014Cut Me Deep
2014Dare (La La La)
2014La La La
2014La La La (Brasil 2014)
2014La La La (Brasil 2014) (Spanish Version)
2014Loca por Ti
2014Nunca Me Acuerdo de Olvidarte
2014That Way
2014The One Thing

Like any other popular singers including Miley Cyrus, Rihanna, Beyonce, Shakira also have numerous albums and songs written and sang by her. The popular songs like the 2010 FIFA World cum theme song, Waka Waka, made her the favorite singer of many music lovers. Her contributions to the music industry shine even after years of releasing those amazing songs.

Fast forward to 2016 and Shakira was preparing her eleventh studio album, later called El Dorado, with Colombian singers Carlos Vives and Malume. In 2017 she released “Me Enamoré” and “Perro Fiel”. She announced a World Tour in June of 2017, too, sponsored by Rakuten. Even though it began, she had voice strain problems and had to postpone it. Later that year she announced she had a vocal cold hemorrhage and had to rest her voice until 2018. Today, it’s still not known when exactly the tour starts, but we’re happy for Shakira taking care of herself and her voice. She had a second son with Gerard Pique, called Sasha Pique Mebarak, and family should come first. Whenever it happens, fans are waiting with open arms for her comeback.

Shakira Facts

  • She likes to watch horror movies and likes to paint in her free time.
  • Doesn’t like alcohol, jewelry, coffee, or candy.
  • Shakira likes history, and attended UCLA world history classes in 2007. She even masked herself as a boy to enjoy anonymity, to rest from a big tour.
  • John Lennon influenced her music early on.
  • Big lover of animals, rides horses, has rabbits and three dogs – Coquito, Chan, Gordita.
  • Humble and a big philanthropist, founded “Pies Descalzos Foundation” (has an album with that name). The charity is mainly intended towards children that are poor and living in Colombia.
  • Shakira has her own beauty line “S by Shakira”. It started in 2010 as a collaboration with a company called Puig.
  • Shaki was a model herself, but her cousin, Valerie Dominguez, was Miss Colombia from 2005 to 2006.