Singer, Songwriter, Record Producer, Dancer, Philanthropist Entrepreneur
February 2, 1977
Born and raised in Barranquilla, Colombia, Shakira is a hugely popular Colombian pop singer who is known for the hits “Whenever, Wherever” and “Hips Don’t Lie.”
Shakira is a well-known Colombian pop singer and dancer who has received numerous Grammy, Latin Grammy, and American Music Awards. Shakira is the best-selling Colombian musician of all time, with over 70 million records sold worldwide, thanks to singles like “Whenever, Wherever” and “Hips Don’t Lie.” She has also acted as a judge on The Voice, a prominent singing competition show.
Personal Info Wifi:-
|Full Name||Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll|
|Profession||Singer, Songwriter, Record Producer, Dancer, Philanthropist Entrepreneur|
|Date of Birth||February 2, 1977|
|Birthplace||Barranquilla, Atlántico, Colombia|
|School||La Ensenanza School, Barranquilla.|
|College/University||University of California, Los Angeles|
|Educational Qualification||University drop-out|
|Debut||Latin -American Album: Magia (1991)|
English Album: Laundry Service
Film – El Oasis (1996)
|Ethnicity||Italian, Spanish and Labenese|
|Inspirational Artists||John Lennon and Gloria Estefan|
|Hobbies||Skateboarding, Frisbee, Paint fried eggs and Watch horror movies, Learning History and Languages, Golf, Tennis, Basketball and Swimming|
Childhood & Early Life:-
Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll was born in Barranquilla, Colombia, on February 2, 1977, to Nidia Ripoll and William Mebarak Chadid. From her father’s previous marriage, she has several half-siblings.
She was drawn to the arts since she was a toddler, and she began writing poetry at the age of four. She also enjoyed dancing.
She entertained her teachers and classmates by singing and dancing, earning the moniker “belly dancer girl.”
She became well-known in her neighbourhood and was frequently asked to play at various functions.
Monica Ariza, a local theatre producer, asked Ciro Vargas, a Sony Colombia executive, to hold an audition for the teenager. ‘Sony Colombia’ signed her to record three albums after being impressed by her performance.
- Physical Stats & More:-
|Height (approx.)||in centimeters- 157 cm|
in meters- 1.57m
in Feet Inches- 5’ 2”
|Eye Color||Dark Brown|
|Hair Color||Brown (Dyed blonde)|
Her debut album ‘Magia’ released in 1991. It included songs she had written since she was eight. The album did not do well commercially.
Her second album ‘Peligro’ released in 1993. Even though this album performed better than its predecessor, it was still considered a failure. After releasing this album, she took a break to attend classes and graduate from high school.
She returned to the music industry in 1996 with her third album ‘Pies Descalzos.’ The album spawned six hit singles and received favorable reviews from critics. She went on a tour called ‘Tour Pies Descalzos’ to promote her album.
In 1998, she released her next album, “Where Are the Ladrones?” It featured Latin Pop songs with rock en Espanol characteristics. The record went on to become one of the most popular Spanish-language albums in the United States. It has sold over seven million copies all over the world.
In 2001, she released the album “Laundry Service,” which marked her first foray into the English language market. The album featured Latin rock and Latin pop styles, and its lead song, “Whenever, Wherever,” reached number one on the Billboard Hot Latin Songs chart in the United States.
Her Spanish album ‘Fijacion Oral, Vol. 1’ released in June 2005. It was followed by the release of the English album ‘Oral Fixation, Vol. 2’ in November. The single ‘Hips Don’t Lie’ from the latter peaked at number one on the ‘U.S. Billboard Hot 100’ and went on to become her signature song.
In 2009, she released her album “She Wolf.” The album sounded remarkably different from her previous works, with elements of electropop, dancehall, and world styles. It was praised for its originality.
She sang “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)” with the South African band “Freshlyground,” the official song of the 2010 “FIFA World Cup.” The song was a huge success.
She released her album “Sale el Sol” in 2010 following the popularity of the single “Waka Waka.” The CD was highly acclaimed and a commercial success around the world.
Shakira’s tenth studio album released on 25 March 2014. In the same year, she also performed the song ‘Dare (La La La)’ at the closing ceremony of the 2014 ‘FIFA World Cup.’She sang ‘Try Everything’ for the movie ‘Zootopia’ which released in 2016. In 2018, she went on her sixth world tour titled ‘The El Dorado World Tour.’
- Major Works:-
Her debut English album, ‘Laundry Service,’ which included the hit single “Whenever, Wherever,” is her best-selling album to date, selling more than 20 million copies worldwide. In various places, it was certified multi-platinum.
The track “Hips Don’t Lie” from the album “Oral Fixation, Vol. 2” hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States, as well as number one in 55 other countries. Her signature tune became “Hips Don’t Lie,” the best-selling single of the twenty-first century.
- Awards & Achievements:-
She has won two ‘Grammy Awards’; ‘Best Latin Pop Album’ (2001) for ‘MTV Unplugged’ and ‘Best Latin Pop/Alternative Album’ (2006) for ‘Fijacion Oral Vol. 1.’
She is the proud recipient of eight ‘Latin Grammy Awards,’ including ‘Best Pop Vocal Album’ in 2010 for ‘Sale el Sol.’
- Personal Life & Legacy:-
She was in a long-distance relationship with lawyer Antonio de la Rua before calling it quits in 2011.
She began dating Gerard Pique, a Spanish footballer, in 2011. On January 22, 2013, Shakira and Gerard had their first child. Shakira gave birth to their second son on January 29, 2015.
She is well-known for her philanthropic activities and philanthropy. In 1997, she established the ‘Pies Descalzos Foundation.’ The charity helps disadvantaged children by funding schools all around Columbia.
‘Beatles’ star John Lennon is her major influence.
Former Miss Colombia Valerie Dominguez is her cousin.
- Favourite Things:-
|TV shows||Scrubs (2001-2010), It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (2005)|
|Band||U2, The Police|
|Perfume||Issey Miyake Perfumes|
|Book||The Prophet (Khalil Gibran)|
|Food||Pancakes with Jam|
|Song||With or Without You (U2)|
- Boys, Affairs and More:-
|Family||Father– William Mebarak Chadid|
Mother– Nidia del Carmen Ripoll Torrado
Step-Brothers– Tonino Mebarak, Edward Mebarak, Robin Mebarak,
Alberto Mebarak, Antonio Mebarak and Moises Mebarak
Step-Sisters– Lucy Mebarak, Ana Mebarak and Patricia Mebarak
|Children||Milan Piqué Mebarak|
|Affairs/Boyfriends||Antonio De La Rúa (2000-2011)|
Gerard Pique (2011-present)
|Current Relationship Status||In a relationship with Gerard Piqué|
- Money Factor:-
|Net Worth||$220 million|
|House||Barcelona, Spain (USD 5.4 million)|
La Colarado Farmhouse ($700,000)
The Star Island Home $3.4 million
|Car||Mercedes CLS, Porsche Carrera, BMW X6, Audi A7,|
Rangerover, BMW X5
|2018||Best Latin Pop Album||Winner|
|2006||Best Latin Rock/Alternative Album||Winner|
|2001||Best Latin Pop Album||Winner|
MTV Video Music Awards
|2007||Most Earthshattering Collaboration||Beyoncé Feat. Shakira: Beautiful Liar (2007)|