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    • In November 2011 Shakira has got a star in Hollywood on Walk of Fame.

    • Shakira sings the Official Song for the 2010 FIFA World Cup Waka Waka - This Time For Africa.

    • Shakira likes/dislikes:

      She admires Gloria Estefan.
      Her favorite band is U2. Her favorite kind of music is merengue.
      Her favorite Latin band is Soda Stereo.
      Her favorite actor is Hugh Grant. Her favourite color is black.
      Her favorite thing to paint is fried eggs.
      She likes to collect rings, she has more than 200.
      Her favorite flowers are daisy and sunflower.
      She likes chocolate balls.
      She loves to eat corozos, a little Colombian fruit that is sweet-sour.
      Her dream wedding is to dress in white and hold the ceremony on a beach.

      She doesn't eat candy. She doesn't drink coffee or alcohol.
      She hates to wear jewellery.
      She admits that she is very shy about her body and that her sexy videos do not represent the kind of woman she is.

    • Shakira's List Of Apperances/Rankings/Titles:


      2013 -- No.53, Maxim Magazine's Hot 100
      2011 -- No. 43, FHM.com's 100 Sexiest Women
      2011
      -- No.26, AskMen.com's Top 99 Women
      2010 -- No.64, FHM Online's 100 Sexiest Women in the World
      2010 -- No.79, FHM.com's 100 Sexiest Women
      2010 -- No.38, AskMen.com's Top 99 Women
      2009 -- No.42, Spinner.com's Best Songs of the 2000s
      2009 -- No.24, Spinner.com's Artists of the 2000s
      2008 -- No.38, AskMen.com's Top 99 Women
      2007 -- No.38, Maxim Magazine's Hot 100
      2007 -- People Magazine's annual 100 Most Beautiful People in the World
      2007 -- No.7, AskMen.com's Top 99 Women
      2006 -- No.60, Maxim Magazine's Hot 100
      2006 -- No.20, FHM Magazine's 100 sexiest women
      2006 -- Appeared in the ending of the Germany FIFA World Cup
      2005 -- No.76, FHM Magazine's 100 sexiest women
      2004-- No. 54, Maxim's Hot 100
      2003 -- Received the title for goodwill ambassador of UNICEF; She was the youngest to receive this title
      2003 -- No.37, AskMen.com's Top 99 Women
      2003-- No. 8,Maxim's Hot 100
      2002 -- No. 9, Stuff Magazine's 102 sexiest women
      2002 -- No. 9, FHM.com's 100 sexiest women
      2002 -- No.88, AskMen.com's Top 99 Women
      2002-- No. 15, Maxim's Hot 100
      2001-- No. 49, Maxim's Hot 100

    • Although Shakira became world-famous for her hip-shaking belly dance moves most people don't know, that the renowned singer/songwriter is only 5'2" (1.57 m) tall.

    • In July 2008 Shakira signed a prestigious $70 million contract with Live Nation including recording, touring, merchandising, and other rights.

    • In 2006 a 4.5m (14' 8") tall and five-ton (10,000 pounds) heavy giant metal statue of Shakira has been put up on the central square of her hometown Barranquilla, Colombia.

    • Shakira participated in a poetic social mission Moving Stars and Earth for Water, reading a poem by novelist Yann Martel, along with 14 other artists, for the organization onedrop.org, which raises awareness for preserving water in the world.

    • A limited edition version of Shakira's new album She Wolf will be released in US in November 2009 containing bonus content.

    • In 2008 Shakira donated items for an auction to support her Bare Feet Foundation. A bra she once wore was bought for $3000, while front-row seats for one of her performances went for $14,000.

    • Shakira created the Bare Feet Foundation. The charity has been building a school for under-privileged children in Colombia.

    • In the summer of 2007, Shakira attended UCLA to study the History of Western Civilization.

    • Shakira and Beyonce are collaborating on a song called Beautiful Liar. The song has appeared on a special-edition reissue of Beyonce's solo album, B'Day. On April 7, 2007 Beautiful Liar made the third biggest ever single-week upward movement in Billboard Hot 100 chart from position 94 to position 3.

    • Shakira is the youngest of eight siblings.

    • Shakira means in Hindi, Goddess Of Light and in Arabic, Woman Full Of Grace.

    • She was considered as one by LA Times as one of the most sucessful and charismatic people on the planet.

    • Together with Red Hot Chili Peppers Shakira was the most nominated artist for the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards and both received seven nominations, but she won only the prize for best choreography.

    • Alejandro Sanz and Shakira became the first Latin duet to performed live at the MTV Awards Ceremony in Miami.

    • Shakira's car accidentally crash over a fan and a security guard after a concert in Texas.

    • In 1995, she released her third studio album, Pies Descalzos, which brought her great fame in Latin America.

    • After the release of her album Peligro, she decided to take a hiatus from recording so that she could graduate from high school.

    • Her first album Magia did not fare well commercially as less than one thousand copies were sold.

    • On April 3, 2006, Shakira was honored at an United Nations ceremony because she created the Pies Descalzos Foundation, a charity that helps to protect children from violence in Colombia.

    • In June 2006, Shakira started her biggest tour ever, called the Oral Fixation Tour, which will lasted until the summer of 2007.

    • In 2006, two well-known artists in Latin America claimed that Shakira had breached their works, but both claims were proven wrong and resolved in her favor. The best known was Puerto Rican Salsa Singer Jerry Rivera. Shakira's Hips Don't Lie used portions of the melody from the song Amores Como El Nuestro, a top Salsa hit in the early 90's. But apparently Jerry Rivera failed to realize that Sony Discos had already given permission and in fact the credits of the published track read Contains Excerpts from the composition "Amores Como El Nuestro" performed by Jerry Rivera, courtesy of Sony Discos.

    • In 2002, emails were circulating about a supposed interview of MTV Europe where she said that Israelis and Jews were "pigs". This has never been confirmed.

    • Her tour around Latin America began on August 1st 2006 in Mexico City, and officially started on September 30th 2006. She has said that the tour is one of the most important in her career.

    • Her rendition of the Flores song Amor has become a collectors' item because of its rarity.

    • Shakira was the mystery singer on Al Compás de un Sentimiento, a television special produced by the Banco Popular de Puerto Rico in 1996 which featured the music of Puerto Rican composer Pedro Flores.

    • She was once concerned about the size of her breasts, but finally decided against having plastic surgery, insisting that she is happy being natural.

    • She does not think of herself as a feminist, just that she is a strong woman with masculine qualities.

    • She denies rumors that she and Robbie Williams have been sharing nights of passion in LA, insisting that they are just friends and that she is happily in love with her Argentinean fiance of four years, Antonio De La Rua.

    • She fired her beauty staff after deciding she had become too obsessed with her appearance.

    • She is to become the first pop star to release a single only as a mobile-phone download.

    • Discography


      Albums released only in Columbia: Magia (1991); Peligro (1993)


      Studio Albums: Pies Descalzos (1996); ¿Donde Estan Los Ladrones? (1998); Laundry Service (2001); Fijacion Oral Vol. 1 (2005); Oral Fixation Vol. 2 (2005); She Wolf (2009); Sale el Sol (2010); Shakira (2014);


      Live Albums: MTV Unplugged (2000); Live & Off the Record (2004); Oral Fixation Tour (2007); Live from Paris (2011);


      Compilation Albums: The Remixes (1997); Colección de Oro (2002); Grandes Éxitos (2002); Oral Fixation Volumes 1&2 (2006).

    • She attended La Enseñanza School in Barranquilla.

    • She announced engagement to Antonio de la Rua, son of the present President of Argentina on March 2001.

    • She based the song Gafas Oscuras on her father's glasses.

    • She had to postpone her concert at Quisqueya Stadium in Santo Domingo of the Dominican Republic due to throat infection in March 2003.

    • She was listed in Mr. Blackwell's 46th annual "Worst Dressed" list.

    • She made an emergency helicopter landing at a baseball diamond in the Dominican Republic in August 2002 because of bad weather.

    • She made a donation of 10,000 pairs of tennis shoes to her hometown of Barranquilla to impoverished children through her Barefoot Foundation in 2002.

    • She was attacked by a lunatic man in Australia with a bag of cement, in May 2006.

    • Shakira is two times Grammy winner and seven times Latin Grammy Awards winner.

    • She is Roman Catholic.

    • She won a singing competition for a children's show called "Vinan Los Niños."

    • Shakira's song Hips Don't Lie, her collaberation with Wyclef Jean, has become the most played song in America, being played 9,657 times on the radio. Her song beat Gwen Stefani's hit Hollaback Girl.

    • Her song 'Ojos asi' has a verse in Arabic.

    • Shakira's career received a boost when she was named Latin Female Artist of the Year, at the 1998 World Music Awards. At the 2000 Latin Grammy, two of her songs received awards and further boosted her popularity in the US.

    • Shakira blends American style pop-rock with traditional Latin rhythms, creating her own unique sound and forging new ground in the growing Latin music market in the US. She says, "I was born and raised in Colombia, but I listened to bands like Led Zeppelin, The Cure, The Police, The Beatles and Nirvana."

    • Shakira wrote her first song at eight years old.

    • Shakira's MTV Unplugged was on the Billboard Chart 60 weeks. Son by Four was on the Chart for 62 weeks, being the only group or artist beating Shakira.

    • She is a trained physiatrist and astronomist.

    • She plays the guitar and the mouth organ.

    • Shakira's Awards:


      2011
      ASCAP Latin Awards:
      Pop/Ballad Winning Song (Gitana); ASCAP Pop Music Awards: Most Performed Songs (Lo Hecho Está Hecho and Waka Waka (This Time For Africa)); Billboard Music Awards: Top Latin Artist, Top Latin Song (Waka Waka (This Time For Africa)); Top Latin Album (Sale el Sol);BMI Latin Awards: Song List (Loba and Lo Hecho Está Hecho); Echo Awards: Best International Female Artist; Hit Song of The Year (Waka Waka (This Time For Africa));Latin Billboard Music Awards: Hot Latin Songs - Female Artist of the Year, Top Latin Albums - Female Artist of the Year, Latin Pop Airplay - Solo Artist of the Year, Latin Social Artist of the Year, Latin Digital Download of the Year (Waka Waka (This Time For Africa)), Latin Digital Album of the Year (Sale el Sol); Latin Grammy Awards: Best Pop Vocal Album (Sale el Sol);NRJ Music Awards: International Song of the Year (Waka Waka (This Time For Africa)), International Female Artist of the Year; Premios Lo Nuestro: Best Female Artist; Premios Nuestra Tierra: Best Music Video of the Year (Colombian) (Loca); Premios Juventud: iQue rico se mueve!(Best moves);Swiss Music Awards: Best International Hit (Waka Waka (This Time For Africa)); Virgin Media Music Awards: Virgin Media Music Award for Best Female;


      2010
      American Music Awards:
      Favorite Latin Artist; ASCAP Latin Awards: Pop/Ballad Winning Song (Loba); Bambi Awards: International Pop Artist; BMI Latin Awards: Song List (Las de la Intuición); Latin Billboard Music Awards: Hot Latin Songs - Female Artist of the Year, Tropical Airplay - Female Artist of the Year; MTV Europe Music Awards: Free Your Mind award; Orgullosamente Latino Awards: Solo Female Artist of the year; Premios 40 Principales: Best International Artist In Spanish Language; Premios Juventud: Supernova Award, My Favorite Video (Loba), The Perfect Combo (Somos el Mundo); Premios Lo Nuestro: Video of the Year (Loba); Premios Oye! Spanish Album of the Year (She Wolf); Female Artist of the Year; Teen Choice Awards: Choice Others: Activist; World Music Awards: World's Best Selling Latin American Artist;


      2009
      MTV Video Music Awards Latinoamérica:
      Agent Of Change; 40 Principales Awards: Best International Artist; Best Song (Loba); Bambi Awards: International Pop Artist;


      2008
      ALMA Award:
      Special Award -- Humanitarian Award; Ivor Novello Award: Best-selling British Song (Beautiful Liar); Los Premios Telehit: Important Latin Artist on World Level;


      2007
      International Dance Music Awards:
      Best Latin/Reggaeton Track (Hips Don't Lie); Latin Billboard Music Awards: Hot Latin Vocal Duet or Collaboration (Hips Don't Lie); People's Choice Award: Favorite Pop Song (Hips Don't Lie); Premio Juventud: Best Moves, My Idol is ...; Premios Lo Nuestro: Female Pop Artist Of The Year; Premios Oye: Main Spanish Video Of The Year (Te Lo Agradezco, Pero No); BMI Music Awards: Best Song (La Tortura, No); MTV Video Music Awards: Most Earthshattering Collaboration (Beautiful Liar)


      2006
      Alma Awards:
      Best Spanish Album, Outstanding Female Musical Performer; American Music Awards: Favorite Latin Artist; Latin Billboard Awards: Female Latin Pop Album of the Year, Spirit of Hope Award, Hot Latin Song of the Year (La Tortura), Latin Pop Airplay of the Year, Latin Ringtone of the Year; Latin Music Awards: Pop Album of the Year, Pop Song of the Year (La Tortura), Best Pop Group or Duo; Grammy Awards: Best Latin Rock/Alternative Album (Fijación Oral Vol. 1); NRJ Awards: Best International Song (La Tortura) MTV Video Music Awards: Best Choreography in a Video (Hips Don't Lie); MTV Video Music Awards Latinoamérica: Song of the Year (Hips Don't Lie); International Dance Music Awards: Best Latin Dance Track (La Tortura); Latin Grammy Awards: Album Of The Year, Best Pop Vocal Album (Fijación Oral Vol. 1), Record of the Year, Song of the Year (La Tortura)


      2005
      MTV Latin Awards:
      Mejor Artista Femenina, Mejor Artista Pop, Mejor Artista Centro, Video del Año (La Tortura), Artista del Año; Billboard Music Awards: Hot Latin Song, Best Latin Pop Artist, Latin Pop Album, Favorite Latin Artist; American Music Awards: Favorite Latin Artist; MTV Europe Awards: Best Female Artist; Premios Juventud: Dynamic Duo, Best Moves, I Hear Her Everywhere, Favorite Pop Star, Rock en Español.


      2004
      Premios Lo Nuestro:
      Female Pop Artist Of The Year;


      2003
      NRJ Music Awards:
      International Song Of The Year (Whenever, Wherever), International Album of the Year (Laundry Service), International Female Artist of the Year; Premios Lo Nuestro: People's Internet Choice Award-Rock Genre, Best pop female latin artist; World Music Award: Best Latin Female Artist; Echo Awards: Best International Female Artist; Amadeus Award: Best song of the year (Whenever, Wherever); Luna Awards: Best Latin pop artist; BMI Awards: Latin Song of the Year (Suerte);


      2002
      ALMA Awards:
      Outstanding Female Performer, Album of the Year, Album of the Year (Laundry Service); Latin Billboard Music Awards: Special Awards-Viewer's Choice Awards; Latin Grammy Awards: Best Music Video (Suerte); Much Music Video Award: People's Choice Favourite International Artist (Whenever, Wherever), Best International Artist Video (Whenever, Wherever); MTV Video Music Awards: International Viewer's Choice Awards Latin America(North); MTV Video Music Awards Latinoamérica: Artist Of The Year, Video Of The Year (Suerte), Best Female Artist, Best Pop Artist, Best Artist-North; Premios Lo Nuestro: Female Pop Artist Of The Year, Best female latin artist; Premios Oye: International Female Solo-(English), Pop Female Solo Artist; Ritmo Latino Music Awards: Music Video of the Year (Suerte);


      2001
      Grammy Awards:
      Best Latin Pop Album (MTV Unplugged); Latin Billboard Music Awards: Latin Rock Album of the Year (MTV Unplugged); Premios Lo Nuestro: Rock Album of the Year (MTV Unplugged), Best rock artist, Best rock performance; Globo Award: Best female pop artist, Best female pop album (MTV Unplugged); Bravo Awards: Best female singer; Gardel Awards: Best latin singer;


      2000
      Latin Grammy Awards:
      Best female rock vocal performance (Octavo Día), Best female pop vocal performance (Ojos Asi); MTV Video Music Awards: International Viewer's Choice Awards Latin America(North) (Ojos Asi); Premios Lo Nuestro: Female pop artist of the year; Gardel Awards; MTV VMLA People's Choice Awards; Camara Argentina De Productores y Videogramas: Best female artist, Best Album (¿Dónde Están Los Ladrones?)

    • In 1994 at the age of seventeen Shakira had an acting gig on the novel El Oasis. She played Luisa María in the Colombian soap opera.

    • Shakira is currently the 2nd longest running artist or group on Billboard's latin 50 chart.

    • Her first album was released when she was just 13 years old, titled Magia.

    • She recently announced her Oral Fixation Tour, will begin on August 9, 2006 in El Paso, Texas at the Don Haskins Center.

    • Shakira's Awards from 1998-1999. Premio Eres: Best Female Pop Performance. World Music Award: Best Latin Artist. Premio Amigo: Best Latin American-Solo Artist. Premio Lo Nuestro: Best Pop Artist, Female. Cassandra Award: Best Album of the Year, Best Pop Album "¿Donde Estan los Ladrones?". Billboard Latin Music Award: Best Female Pop Artist. Ritmo Latino Music Award: Best Pop Singer. Globo Award: Best Female Pop Album.

    • Shakira states that both she and Wyclef Jean dream about each other, and as soon as they contacted each other they began making the video for Hips Don't Lie.

    • Shakira's single, Hips Don't Lie is a duet with singer, Wyclef Jean.

    • Oral Fixation Vol. 2 is Shakira's first album being sung totally in english.

    • Shakira won six prizes on Billboard Latin Music Awards among prizes were Female Latin Pop Album of the Year, Hot Latin Song of the Year among other four more.

    • She released an album with two volumes, the first one being Fijacion Oral Vol. 1 in Spanish, and Oral Fixation Vol. 2 in English.

    • Her cousin is fashion designer and Miss Colombia 2006, Valerie Dominguez Tarud.

    • She lists John Lennon as her #1 musical influence.

    • Her English language album Oral Fixation 2 was released in November 2005.

    • Her album Fijacion Oral Vol.1 was #1 on the Billboard Latin Albums Chart in September 2005.

    • Mattel put out several Barbie dolls inspired by Shakira and her look.

    • She lost her suitcase with all her songs from ¿Donde Estan Los Ladrones? in an airport in Bogota Colombia. This happened a couple of months before she walked into the recording studio to begin on that album.

    • The first English song she wrote was Objection, from the album Laundry Service.

    • Her oldest half-sister Lucy is a surgeon, Alberto, her half-brother, is a lawyer, Moises is the third child, Tonino is the fourth child and the closest to Shakira, having worked many years as her road manager. Then is Patricia who lives in Spain, she is a special education teacher, and finally there is Antonio and Edward, the youngest who lives in Miami.

    • Steven Spielberg offered her the role of Elena Montero in The Mask of Zorro back when he was originally in talks to direct it. But, she turned the offer down because she felt that not only was she a bad actress, but her English wasn't good enough.

    • She has 5 half brothers Alberto, Edward, Moises, Tonino and Robin and 3 half sisters Ana, Lucy and Patricia.

    • Her mother is half Colombian and half Italian and her father is American with Lebanese ancestry.

    • Her father's name is William Mebarak Chadid and mother's name is Nidia del Carmen Ripolli Torrado.

    • She named her album Laundry Service because she loves to feel "clean and fresh."

    • She announced engagement to Antonio de la Rua, son of the present President of Argentina in March 2001.

    • Her first english album was called Laundry Service.

    • Shakira's song, La Tortura is in the fifth position of the best 10 songs of the world.

    • Her nickname is Shaki.

    • Her Lebanese grandmother taught her the art of Arabian Belly Dancing so she can stay true to her middle eastern roots.

    • Shakira reportedly has an IQ of 140.

    • She has perfect pitch, which is the ability to recognize any note upon hearing it or sing any note without prior to hearing it.

    • Shakira is fluent in Arabic, English, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish and French. She has sung in each of these languages.

    • The name Shakira is Arabic for "grateful or full of grace."

    • Shakira is of Colombian and Lebanese heritage.

    • When Shakira was two years old, her oldest half-brother died in an accident while he was riding a motorcycle and was struck by a car driven by a drunk driver.

    • Her manager for Latin America, Patricia Tellez, the woman who helped her go from being local artist to Grammy Winning global artist, died of a heart attack in Bogota on 17 August 2004.

    • Her first UK released singles from the album Laundry Service, which sold 13 million copies worldwide and was Shakira's most selling album, include: Whenever Wherever, Underneath Your Clothes and Objection.

  • Quotes

    • Shakira: (About her relation with her friend Antonio de la Rúa, son of former Argentine president) I want to be the mother of his children, and for that to happen really soon. I think, if it ain't broke, don't fix it. I've been with him for nine years. We function as a married couple and we're completely supportive of each other. I want to have children with him and grow old with him, but I don't want to jinx it.

    • Shakira: (About studying history at UCLA) I needed a break from me. The universe is so broad, I cannot be at the centre of it. So I decided to go to the university and study history for a summer course, just to kind of switch gears, taste the student life. I used to wear a cap and a big backpack, I looked like a boy. I didn't get recognized. Some people looked at me very suspiciously, a few people asked me, but I told them my name was Isabelle. I would go to university over and over again if I could.

    • Shakira: (Talking to the assembled media at the inauguration ceremony of her six-tonne metal statue in her hometown Barranquilla) Barranquilla is a big breast, that fed and nurtured me as a human being.

    • Shakira: I want my music to transcend all the barriers. The spirit of conquest is a trait that has survived in human beings from the beginning. I want it for the same reason the Spaniards wanted to come to America. You have to cross the oceans. To be able to sink my Colombian flag in this land, that is a motivation

    • Shakira: When I think that I started this career so early, my case is not the case of an artist who becomes popular overnight and then has to deal with thousands of photographers screaming my name.

    • Shakira: Somedays I would look at my reflection and see garbage and I guess I was worried about the size of my breasts for a long time. But now I think I have finally reached an age where I have accepted my self for who I am. And anyway, a big butt is far more important in Latin culture.

    • Shakira: I don't go out without make up. I'm a woman, you know.

    • Shakira: I am trying to make my accent so it won't bother anyone, but I am not going to drive myself crazy trying to pretend I am an American girl when I am from Colombia.

    • Shakira: I don't like the competitive part of soccer. It's a war in short pants. I prefer art.

    • Shakira: I had a big collection of fried eggs that I painted.

    • Shakira: The worst mistake of a woman is to go to the kitchen, because then she never gets out of there.

    • Beyonce: I've always loved her and I've always wanted to work with her and the song fits perfectly. The song basically talks about two women. The same guy is trying to get at both of them but instead of them fighting, they're saying, 'He's a beautiful liar, let's not fight, let's stick together - forget him!' I think it's a great concept. On performing a duet with Shakira.

    • Shakira: I love reading about history. Sometimes, I feel I was born in the wrong era. There was more creativity in the air when people were still discovering new worlds.

    • Shakira: You can laugh, but since I was a child I knew that I was going to be a well-known singer/songwriter, that was something I had no doubts about. It was almost like a prophecy.

    • Shakira: The cobra is deadly but mongoose can overcome it. We all have possibillity to defeat prejudiced and resentment in our lives. Fear is the thing that makes us attack, that makes us strike. We must overcome it. We must.

    • Shakira: I have learned that I am an adult already. And to grow with something is sometimes painful. And its great; I don't say it's a bad thing-but many things change, and many more responsibilities come, and you have more closure in your life, and more possibilities. It's just that it's not as pink as before, but its more interesting.

    • Shakira: I'm lucky to have family around me. Otherwise, I'll be taking the risk of falling in love with myself. But there are always people close to me who I trust, who will scold me and pull my ears if I need it. Fame isolates people from reality. That happens to many artists, and I don't want it to happen to me.

    • Shakira: I think my dad is the only Arabic descendent who is an unsuccessful businessman.

    • Shakira: I expect my beloved to be kind, generous, I expect him not to lie so I can look him straight in the eyes, and I expect him to fall in love with me ten times a day.

    • Shakira: I admire a person who, for the love of art, is able to take off their clothes in front of a camera. But I'm not capable, I'm too cowardly for that.

    • Shakira: My mouth is my biggest source of pleasure: singing, conversing, eating, and giving kisses to the person who deserves them.

    • Shakira: Freddy Demann is a man that knows the world of music. And I know that I am in good hands.

    • Shakira: I'm more afraid of marriage than death.

    • Shakira: I always believed that women have rights and that there are some women that are intelligent enough to claim those rights. There are some others that are stupid enough not to.

    • Shakira: I can't wait for the time when curves and a little bellie fat will be sexy again!

    • Shakira: In this life, to earn your place you have to fight for it.

    • Shakira: It doesn't bother me to talk about my private life, it doesn't bother me to talk about anything. My life is like a glass of water, transparent.

    • Shakira: Writing in English was a major challenge. I didn't want other songwriters to write for me. I wanted to preserve the spirit of my songs in Spanish. I am the same Shakira in English as I am in Spanish.

    • Shakira: I have many writings that I would not like it if they were published.

    • Shakira: I talked to the company and I told them: I have the impression that this might be my last chance in this company so let me do it my way. I want to see you in six months, ok?

    • Shakira: My team and I have reunited two elements that coexist with diffiulty: respect and affection, because when they love you they don't respect you and when they respect you they don't love you.

    • Shakira: They always ask me what is my objective, but I don't want to share it, because it can be misunderstood.

    • Shakira: I'm always trying to escape from the pressure of expectation.

    • Shakira: Sometimes, I ask myself how any other singer could substitute the inspiration of god in their songs.

    • Shakira: In five minutes, your life will change dramatically.

    • Shakira: You have to do everything you can to make your butt stand out. It's almost a requirement. But for me, I think I have enough to sit on, so it's fine. I like it as it is. But it's also a bad thing, because I have to work to keep it hard.

    • Shakira: You're a song written by the hands of God.

    • Shakira: Writing songs has a therapeutic effect, and it either kills off love or wins the heart of the lover.

    • Shakira: My songs are the reflection of how I think and how I feel in that moment. But I'm conscious of the fact that artists have a responsibility before the masses and they have to take care with their words.

    • Shakira: In this life, to earn your place you have to fight for it.

    • Shakira: I'm Colombian and nothing will change that.

    • Shakira: I want some day to be able to love with the same intensity and unselfishness that parents love their children with.

    • Shakira: I prefer an ugly truth to a pretty lie. If someone is telling me the truth that is when I will give my heart.

    • Shakira: I am trying to make my accent so it won't bother anyone, but I am not going to drive myself crazy trying to pretend I am an American girl when I am from Colombia.

    • Shakira: I admire Madonna because she always did whatever she felt like doing. She went through some controversial periods when people rejected her, but she kept on reinventing herself.

    • Shakira: For several years I worried a lot about protecting an image, but today I have understood that the image cannot be preconceived.

    • Shakira: Everyone can know what is in my heart because I find it hard to conceal myself.

    • Shakira: People think I like to expose my body. But I don't. It's just because the dance moves require it.

    • Shakira: I remember the first time I saw the "Smells Like Teen Spirit" video. I will never forget that day. I just wanted to see Kurt Cobain's face. I had a feeling he was very cute. But, I couldn't see his face. When I finally did see him, he was even cuter than I imagined!

    • Shakira: Videos come definitely after the music has been created, but I have always felt, and especially today, that videos are vital in the album process. I think that we live in a very visual era and if you make a mistake with a video, those images will accompany the song forever. There is no way to divorce the image from the music once the video has been filmed and exposed.

    • Shakira: My brain, I believe, is the most beautiful part of my body.

    • Shakira: The worst frustration for a singer is choosing a career in making music and then not being able to make music because you're always giving interviews.

    • Shakira: It's not easy to work with me, I recognize that. It's not easy if those people aren't as perfectionistic as I am.

    • Shakira: I can't hire other people to write songs for me. I have to write them myself.

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