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15 Things You Don't Know About Shakira

Saturday, Mar 27, 2021, 6:01 am


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The Colombian pop singer Shakira has millions of fans from all parts of the world, thanks to her distinct voice and singing style. Her unique dance style made her famous too. The way she shakes her belly makes every fan of her go crazy! Shakira is unarguably one of the best singers the world has ever seen. There are great musicians in the world right now, but none can match her style when it comes to the stage presence and entertaining the crowd. This amazing ability of Shakira is the reason why she has become the most preferred singer for all the leading sports events in the world. Are you a fan of Shakira too? Check fifteen interesting facts about Shakira that you probably did not know! 
1.Shakira's Full Name

Shakira's full name is Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll. Her father's name is William Mebarak Chadid, and her mother's name is Nidia Del Carmen Ripoll. Shakira's dad William is from Lebanon. Her mother is a Colombian. Shakira has a surprising number of siblings. She has eight siblings, and she is the youngest of all. All of them are her half-siblings, though. She is the only biological child of William Mebarak with his second Wife Nidia Del. William has eight children from his first marriage.


Shakira's Full Name-15 Things You Don't Know About Shakira




2.Shakira's Middle Eastern Roots

Is Shakira an Arab woman? Well, not exactly. However, her father is an Arab man. As we told earlier, Shakira's father, William Mebarak was born in Lebanon. Now this means, Shakira is half-Arab and half-Colombian. Shakira keeps saying that she is very proud of her Arab heritage. Her famous belly dance moves belong to the Arab culture. Shakira's grandmother taught her belly dance. She also taught the Arabic language to Shakira. In this photo, Shakira was seen waving a Lebanese national flag at one of her concerts.


Shakira's Middle Eastern Roots-15 Things You Don't Know About Shakira



3.Meaning of the Name Shakira

Shakira is a very distinctive name, and you generally don't hear this name in the western part of the world. The name Shakira is an Arabic female name, usually given to the female babies born in the Middle Eastern countries. Shakira means 'thankful'.


Meaning of the Name Shakira-15 Things You Don't Know About Shakira





4.She Was Just 13 When She Recorded Her First Album

If you are a Shakira's fan, you are going to thank us for this goldmine! Shakira recorded a song when she was just a thirteen year old. Check this video and find young Shakira singing! Wait, she isn't a natural blonde! Nevertheless, she looks adorable, and sings fabulous!


She Was Just 13 When She Recorded Her First Album-15 Things You Don't Know About Shakira



5.Represented Colombia In Vina Del Mar International Song Festival

She was still in her teens when she represented Colombia in Latin America's biggest music festival Vina del Mar. She also got third prize for her performance. The best part is she was chosen to represent Colombia at such a young age.


Represented Colombia In Vina Del Mar International Song Festival-15 Things You Don't Know About Shakira





6.Laundry Service is Her first English Album

Laundry Service is Shakira's first English album, which was a sensational hit back then. Millions of copies of this album were sold throughout the world. Laundry Service has been certified 4 times platinum. Shakira named this album Laundry Service because she kind of like cleanliness and freshness!


Laundry Service is Her first English Album-15 Things You Don't Know About Shakira



7.She Declined an Acting Offer from Steven Spielberg

Steven Spielberg offered a role to Shakira in his 1998 flick, The Mask of Zorro. He asked her to play the role of Elena Montero, which she declined citing her bad English at that time. Later, this role went to Catherine Zeta Jones. 


She Declined an Acting Offer from Steven Spielberg-15 Things You Don't Know About Shakira




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8.1... 2... 3..., She Can Speak Five Languages

While most of us have trouble speaking or writing that one native language, Shakira can fluently speak in five different languages. Apart from Spanish and English, she can also speak Italian, Portuguese and Arabic fluently. 


1... 2... 3..., She Can Speak Five Languages-15 Things You Don't Know About Shakira



9.She Is Into Charity

Shakira has a net worth of $220 Million as of June 2016 and is into charity even before she could get that complete celebrity status. She started a charity foundation named 'Barefoot' in nineties to help Colombian children through education. She got Humanitarian award in 2006 and Hero Award in 2014 by Radio Disney Music Awards. She runs 5 schools in Colombia, which give free education to over 4000 children.


She Is Into Charity -15 Things You Don't Know About Shakira



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10.An Iron Statue Of Hers In Her Hometown

If you want to see this giant iron statue of Shakira, you need to travel all the way to Barranquilla, a city in the Northern Colombia in which Shakira was born. Her fans in the city built a 15 feet iron statue of her to pay homage to the famous Latin American singer. Shakira is unarguably the most famous person to born in Barranquilla. The people of Barranquilla have a special affection for Shakira, not just because she was born there but also for her charity works that uplifted the lives of poor residents of the city. With a million plus population, Barranquilla is one of the most important cities of Colombia. Sofia Vergara was born in the same town too.


An Iron Statue Of Hers In Her Hometown-15 Things You Don't Know About Shakira



11.Shakira Loves Painting

Painting is Shakira's most loved hobby. She is an avid painter. She once told that she loves painting, and she has huge college paintings she drew. Guess what, she likes painting images of fried eggs! Yes, it was told by none other than herself!


Shakira Loves Painting-15 Things You Don't Know About Shakira





12.Her Favorite Band is U2

Shakira's favorite band is U2. Popular song 'With or without you' from U2 said to be her all time favorite song. That indeed is a nice song. If you haven't heard it, listen to the song and check why Shakira likes that so much!


Her Favorite Band is U2-15 Things You Don't Know About Shakira



13.She Was Invited by Obama to White House

President Obama invited Shakira to White House in 2010 to discuss various issues on early childhood development. He also appointed her as a member of White House initiative, that stresses on education excellence for Hispanics. 
She Was Invited by Obama to White House-15 Things You Don't Know About Shakira

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14.She Loves Food

Well, we all love food! What's interesting? Nothing, we are just telling what food she loves! Her favorite dish is mojarra fried with patcon. She likes eating seafood and Arabic food.


She Loves Food-15 Things You Don't Know About Shakira



15.She Was Honored with a Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

Shakira was honored with a star on Hollywood Walk of Fame back in 2011. She was very happy about that, and said it was like a dream coming true. When Shakira was seventeen year old, her mom Nidia, told to her that one day she will have a star of her own!
She Was Honored with a Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame-15 Things You Don't Know About Shakira

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