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Shakira Bio

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Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll

Born: Barranquilla, Colombia

Birthday: February 2, 1977

Horoscope Sign: Aquarius

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Smartasses Magazine Top 100 - Female EmpowermentShakira Bio – Smartasses Magazine Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll (born February 2, 1977) is a Colombian singer-songwriter, dancer, record producer, choreographer and model. She is the only child of Nidia Ripoll and William Mebarak Chadid, but has eight older half-siblings from her father’s previous marriage. She is of Lebanese, Spanish and Italian descent. Shakira is a native Spanish speaker and also speaks fluent English and Portuguese, and is proficient in Italian. The name Shakira is Arabic and means grateful.

When Shakira was four, her father took her to a local Middle Eastern restaurant, where she first heard the doumbek, a traditional drum used in Arabic music, and typically accompanied belly dancing. As a result, she started dancing on the table, and the experience made her realize that she wanted to be a performer. Shakira enjoyed singing for schoolmates and teachers at her Catholic school, but in second grade was rejected for the school choir because her vibrato was too strong, which led the music teacher to tell her that she sounded like a goat. At school, she was often sent out of class due to her hyperactivity. Between the ages of ten and thirteen, Shakira was invited to various events in Barranquilla and gained some recognition in the area. Shortly after, she met local theater producer Monica Ariza, who was impressed with her and tried to help her career. During a flight from Barranquilla to Bogotá, he convinced Sony Colombia executive Ciro Vargas to hold an audition for her in a hotel lobby. Vargas held Shakira in high regard and, returning to the Sony office, gave the cassette to a song and artist director. However, the director was not overly impressed. Vargas, not daunted, was still convinced that Shakira had talent, and set up another audition in Bogotá. He arranged for Sony Colombia executives to arrive at the audition, with the idea of surprising them with her performance. Shakira performed three songs for the executives and impressed them enough for her to be signed to record three albums. Her debut album, Magia, was recorded with Sony Music Colombia in 1990 when she was only fourteen years old. Shakira has won many awards, including MTV Video Music Awards, Grammy Awards, Latin Grammy Awards, Billboard Music Awards, Billboard Latin Music Awards and has been Golden Globe-nominated. She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and is one of the best selling Latin artists of all time.

In July 2014, Shakira became the first person to reach 100 million followers on Facebook. In 2014, she was listed as the 58th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes. Shakira is the first musical act to perform three times at the FIFA World Cup. In September 17, 2015, she was featured as a playable bird in the game Angry Birds POP! for a limited time, and also in a special tournament in the game Angry Birds Friends. In October 15, 2015, Love Rocks, Starring Shakira was the first video game released featuring a pop star. Shakira 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. She has worked to increase literacy and promote early child development. In September 2015, as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, she urged UNICEF to devote greater efforts toward early child development.

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Why we think she’s hot:

Aside of the fact that you probably want to relive just about anything she does, over and over and over, it’s surprising that Shakira was born on groundhog day, because with that insanely thick & sexy lion’s mane head of hair, one might automatically assume she’s an August born Leo. What’s not surprising, is that Miss Ripoll seems to be acquainted with every possible social media site under Leo’s ruling Sun, because you’d have to be a person living under a rock and hiding from it, to not understand that you should be following her. Anywhere. Speaking of things that are hot, as you’re all too well aware, Shakira has a voice that could probably melt diamonds as much as it does the human soul, and her body is so scorching, it makes one wonder if the jumping bean is really from Columbia.

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