1. Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll (pronounced: is a Colombian singer, songwriter, dancer, record producer, choreographer, and model.
2. Shakira released her first studio albums, Magia and Peligro, in the early 1990s, failing to attain commercial success; however, she rose to prominence in Latin America with her major-label debut, Pies Descalzos (1996), and her fourth album, Dnde Estn los Ladrones? (1998).
3. Shakira entered the English-language market with her fifth album, Laundry Service.
4. Her success was solidified with her sixth and seventh albums Fijacin Oral, Vol. 1 and Oral Fixation, Vol. 2 (2005), the latter of which spawned the best-selling song of the 21st century, “Hips Don’t Lie”.
5. Shakira’s eighth and ninth albums, She Wolf (2009) and Sale el Sol (2010), received critical praise but suffered from limited promotion due to her strained relationship with label Epic Records.
6. Her official song for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)”, became the biggest-selling World Cup song of all time.
7. Since 2013, Shakira has served as a coach on the American version of The Voice, having appeared in two of its seven seasons fourth and sixth.
8. Her tenth album, Shakira (2014), is preceded by its lead single, “Can’t Remember to Forget You”.
9. Shakira has won many awards, including five MTV Video Music Awards, two Grammy Awards, eight Latin Grammy Awards, seven Billboard Music Awards, 28 Billboard Latin Music Awards and has been Golden Globe-nominated.
10. She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and sold between 70 and 125 million records worldwide (depending to the source), making in one of the best selling Latin artist of all time.
11. She carries out well-known philanthropic activities through charity work and benefit concerts, notably her Pies Descalzos Foundation, her performance at the “Clinton Global Initiative” created by former U.S. President Bill Clinton, and her invitation to the Oval Office by President Barack Obama in February 2010 to discuss early childhood development.
12. Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll was born on February 2, 1977 in Barranquilla, Colombia.
13. She is the only child of Nidia Ripoll and William Mebarak Chadid.
14. Her paternal grandparents emigrated from Lebanon to New York City, where her father was born. Her father then emigrated to Colombia at age 5.
15. From her mother, Nidia Ripoll, she has Spanish (Catalan and Castilian) ancestry.
16. She was raised Roman Catholic and attended Catholic schools. Shakira spent much of her youth in Barranquilla, a city located on the northern Caribbean coast of Colombia.
17. Shakira wrote her first poem, titled “La Rosa De Cristal” (“The Crystal Rose”) when she was only four years old.
18. As she was growing up, she was fascinated watching her father writing stories on a typewriter, and asked for one as a Christmas gift.
19. She got a typewriter at the age of seven and has continued writing poetry since then.
20. When Shakira was two years old, an older half-brother was killed in a motorcycle accident and at the age of eight, Shakira wrote her first song, titled “Tus gafas oscuras” (“Your dark glasses”), which was inspired by her father, who for years wore dark glasses to hide his grief.