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 As Shakira
Full Name Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll
Nick Name Shaki
Profession Dancer, Singer, Songwriter, Model, Record Producer
Net Worth 2015 – $220 Million
Height 5′ 2″
Weight 53 kilograms
Build Athletic / Slim
Eye Color Dark Brown
Hair Color Dyed Blonde (Natural Color – Brown)
Personal Details
Date of Birth February 02, 1977
Birth Place Barranquilla, Colombia
Sun Sign Aquarius
Nationality Colombian
Religion Roman Catholicism
Marital Status Not Married
Hometown Barranquilla
Fan Mail Address Shakira
Roc Nation
1411 Broadway
39th Floor
New York, NY 10018-3410
School La Ensenanza School
College University of California
Educational Qualification High School
Best Friends Gordon Brown, Rihanna, Blake Shelton, Carson Daly
  1. Antonio de la Rúa (2000-2011)
  2. Gerard Pique (2011-Present)
Social Media Profiles TwitterFacebook, Instagram, YouTube VEVO, Tumblr, Pinterest, Google+ VEVO, iTunes
Debut Album Magia in 1991
Famous For Hip and Belly Dancing, “Hips Don’t Lie” song
Salary She received around $2,500,000 a month in 2016
Father William Mebarak Chadid
Mother Nidia Ripoll
Siblings None (8 half-siblings)
Husband/Spouse Not Married
Children Milan Pique Mebarak, Sasha Pique Mebarak
Other Details
Hobbies Painting, Horse Riding, Reading
Brand Endorsements Panasonic, 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
Cars BMW 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

Year Song
1991 Cazador de Amor
1991 Cuentas Conmigo
1991 Esta Noche Voy Contigo
1991 Gafas Oscuras
1991 Lejos de tu Amor
1991 Magia
1991 Necesito de Ti
1991 Sueños
1993 1968
1993 Brujería
1993 Controlas Mi Destino
1993 Eres
1993 Este Amor Es Lo Más Bello del Mundo
1993 Eterno Amor
1993 Peligro
1993 Quince Años
1993 Tú Serás la Historia de Mi Vida
1993 Último Momento
1996 Amor (Celos de ti)
1996 Antología
1996 Dónde Estás Corazón?
1996 Estou Aqui (Brazilian Edition)
1996 Estoy Aquí
1996 Pés Descalços
1996 Pienso en Ti
1996 Pies Descalzos, Sueños Blancos
1996 Quiero
1996 Se Quiere, Se Mata
1996 Te Espero Sentada
1996 Te Necesito
1996 Um Pouco De Amor
1996 Un Poco de Amor
1996 Vuelve
1998 Ciega, Sordomuda
1998 Dónde Están los Ladrones?
1998 Inevitable
1998 Moscas en la Casa
1998 No Creo
1998 Octavo Día
1998 Ojos Así
1998 Que Vuelvas
1998 Si Te Vas
1998 Sombra de Ti
2001 El Último Adiós (The Last Goodbye)
2001 Eyes Like Yours (Ojos Así)
2001 Fool
2001 Objection (Tango)
2001 Poem to a Horse
2001 Que Me Quedes Tú
2001 Ready for the Good Times
2001 Rules
2001 Suerte
2001 Te Aviso, Te Anuncio (Tango)
2001 Te Dejo Madrid
2001 The One
2001 Underneath Your Clothes
2001 Whenever, Wherever
2002 Always on My Mind
2003 Ask for More
2003 Knock on My Door
2003 Pide Más
2003 Pídeme el Sol
2003 Todo Para Ti
2003 Unavoidable
2003 What More Can I Give
2004 Back in Black
2005 Animal City
2005 Costumes Makes the Clown
2005 Dia de Enero
2005 Día Especial
2005 Don’t Bother
2005 Dreams for Plans
2005 En Tus Pupilas
2005 Escondite Inglés
2005 Hey You
2005 How Do You Do
2005 Illegal
2005 La Pared
2005 La Tortura
2005 Las de la Intuición
2005 Lo Imprescindible
2005 No
2005 Obtener un Sí
2005 Something
2005 The Day and the Time
2005 Timor
2005 Your Embrace
2006 Hips Don’t Lie
2006 Será, Será (Las Caderas no Mienten)
2007 Beautiful Liar
2007 Hay Amores
2007 Intro / El Nay A’atini Nay
2007 King and Queen
2007 Pure Intuition
2007 Sing
2007 Si Tú No Vuelves
2007 Te Lo Agradezco, Pero No
2008 Despedida
2009 Años Luz
2009 Did It Again
2009 Did It Again (Remix)
2009 Gitana
2009 Give It Up to Me
2009 Good Stuff
2009 Gypsy
2009 Higher Ground
2009 La Maza
2009 Lo Hecho Está Hecho
2009 Lo Hecho Está Hecho (Pitbull)
2009 Loba
2009 Long Time
2009 Men in This Town
2009 Mon Amour
2009 She Wolf
2009 Spy
2009 Why Wait
2010 Addicted to You (Shakira song)
2010 Antes de las Seis
2010 Ay Haiti
2010 Devoción
2010 Gordita
2010 Gracias a la Vida
2010 I’ll Stand by You
2010 Islands
2010 Lo Que Más
2010 Loca (Dizzee Rascal)
2010 Loca (El Cata)
2010 Mariposas
2010 Rabiosa (El Cata)
2010 Rabiosa (Pitbull)
2010 Sale el Sol
2010 Somos El Mundo 25 Por Haiti
2010 Todos Juntos
2010 Tu Boca
2010 Waka Waka (Esto Es África)
2010 Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)
2010 Waka Waka (Esto Es África) (K-Mix)
2010 Waka Waka (This Time for Africa) (K-Mix)
2011 Je L’aime à Mourir
2011 Nothing Else Matters/Despedida
2012 Dançando
2014 23
2014 Boig per Tu
2014 Broken Record
2014 Can’t Remember to Forget You (Rihanna)
2014 Chasing Shadows
2014 Cut Me Deep
2014 Dare (La La La)
2014 Empire
2014 La La La
2014 La La La (Brasil 2014)
2014 La La La (Brasil 2014) (Spanish Version)
2014 Loca por Ti
2014 Medicine
2014 Nunca Me Acuerdo de Olvidarte
2014 Spotlight
2014 That Way
2014 The 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.