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Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll (pronounced: [ʃaˈkiɾa isaˈβel meβa'ɾak riˈpol]; born February 2, 1977),

known as Shakira (English /ʃəˈkɪərə/,Spanish: [ʃaˈkiɾa]), is a Colombian singer-songwriter, dancer, record producer, choreographer, and model. Born and raised in Barranquilla, she began performing in school, demonstrating Latin, Arabic, and rock and roll influences and belly dancing abilities. 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 Dónde Están los Ladrones? (1998).

Shakira entered the English-language market with her fifth album Laundry Service (2001), which has sold over 20 million copies worldwide. Its lead single "Whenever, Wherever" became the best-selling single of 2002. Her success was solidified with her sixth and seventh albums Fijación 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". 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. 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. With over 500 million views, its music video seventh most-watched video on YouTube. Since 2013, Shakira has served as a coach on the American version of The Voice, although she temporarily left the series during the fifth season.

Shakira has won many awards including five MTV Video Music Awards, two Grammy Awards, ten Latin Grammy Awards, seven Billboard Music Awards, twenty-eight Billboard Latin Music Awards and has been Golden Globe-nominated. She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and she is the highest-selling Colombian artist of all time, having sold over seventy million albums and fifty million singles. Her U.S. album sales stand at 9.9 million. Outside of her work in the music industry, Shakira is also involved in 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.

Shakira was born on February 2, 1977 in Barranquilla, Colombia. She is the only child of Nidia Ripoll and William Mebarak Chadid. Her paternal grandparents emigrated from Lebanon to New York City, where her father was born. From her mother, Nidia Ripoll, she has Spanish (Catalan and Castilian) and Italian descent. She has eight older half-siblings from her father's previous marriage. Shakira spent much of her youth in Barranquilla, a city located in northern Caribbean coast of Colombia. Shakira wrote her first poem, titled "La Rosa De Cristal" ("The Crystal Rose") when she was only four years old. As she was growing up, she was fascinated watching her father writing stories on a typewriter, and asked for one as a Christmas gift. She got her wish at age seven and continued writing poetry. These poems eventually evolved into songs. 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.

When Shakira was four, her father took her to a local Middle Eastern restaurant, where Shakira first heard the doumbek, a traditional drum used in Arabic music and which typically accompanied belly dancing. She started dancing on the table, and the experience made her realize that she wanted to be a performer. She enjoyed singing for schoolmates and teachers (and even the nuns) at her Catholic school, but in the second grade was rejected for the school choir because her vibrato was too strong. The music teacher told her that she sounded "like a goat". At school, she says she had been known as "the belly dancer girl", as she would demonstrate every Friday at school a number she had learned. "That's how I discovered my passion for live performance," she says. To instill gratitude for her upbringing in Shakira, her father took her to a local park to see orphans who lived there. The images stayed with her and she said to herself "one day I’m going to help these kids when I become a famous artist."

Between the ages of ten and thirteen, Shakira was invited to various events in Barranquilla and gained some recognition in the area. It was at about this time that she met local theater producer Monica Ariza, who was impressed with her and as a result tried to help her career. During a flight from Barranquilla to Bogotá, Ariza convinced Sony Colombia executive Ciro Vargas to hold an audition for Shakira 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 excited and thought Shakira was something of "a lost cause". Vargas, not daunted, was still convinced that Shakira had talent, and set up an audition in Bogotá. He arranged for Sony Colombia executives to arrive at the audition, with the idea of surprising them with Shakira's performance. She performed three songs for the executives and impressed them enough for her to be signed to record three albums.

Shakira is a native Spanish speaker who speaks fluent English and Portuguese, as well as some Italian, French, and Catalan. Shakira is a Roman Catholic, and met Pope John Paul II in 1998. She is interested in world history, and she frequently studies the history and languages of the countries she visits. After her Oral Fixation tour ended in the summer of 2007, Shakira attended a summer school class in Los Angeles at UCLA Extensions, where she took courses in History of Western Civilization. She used her middle and last names, Isabel Mebarak, and told the professor she was visiting from Colombia so as to avoid being recognized as a celebrity. Shakira is a cousin of model and 2005–2006 Miss Colombia, Valerie Domínguez. In an interview on The Paul O'Grady Show, she referred to herself as a mutt due to her diverse ancestry, which she noted as a theme behind her song "Gypsy". 

Shakira is a Colombian singer-songwriter, dancer, record producer, choreographer, and model

Shakira is a Colombian singer-songwriter, dancer, record producer, choreographer, and model

Shakira is a Colombian singer-songwriter, dancer, record producer, choreographer, and model

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Shakira is a Colombian singer-songwriter, dancer, record producer, choreographer, and model

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Shakira is a Colombian singer-songwriter, dancer, record producer, choreographer, and model

Shakira is a Colombian singer-songwriter, dancer, record producer, choreographer, and model

Shakira is a Colombian singer-songwriter, dancer, record producer, choreographer, and model

Shakira is a Colombian singer-songwriter, dancer, record producer, choreographer, and model

Shakira is a Colombian singer-songwriter, dancer, record producer, choreographer, and model

Shakira is a Colombian singer-songwriter, dancer, record producer, choreographer, and model

Shakira is a Colombian singer-songwriter, dancer, record producer, choreographer, and model

Shakira is a Colombian singer-songwriter, dancer, record producer, choreographer, and model

Shakira is a Colombian singer-songwriter, dancer, record producer, choreographer, and model

Shakira is a Colombian singer-songwriter, dancer, record producer, choreographer, and model

Shakira is a Colombian singer-songwriter, dancer, record producer, choreographer, and model

Shakira is a Colombian singer-songwriter, dancer, record producer, choreographer, and model

Shakira is a Colombian singer-songwriter, dancer, record producer, choreographer, and model

Shakira is a Colombian singer-songwriter, dancer, record producer, choreographer, and model

Shakira is a Colombian singer-songwriter, dancer, record producer, choreographer, and model

Shakira is a Colombian singer-songwriter, dancer, record producer, choreographer, and model

Shakira is a Colombian singer-songwriter, dancer, record producer, choreographer, and model

Shakira is a Colombian singer-songwriter, dancer, record producer, choreographer, and model

Shakira is a Colombian singer-songwriter, dancer, record producer, choreographer, and model

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