- Real nameShakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll
- Date of birthFebruary 2, 1977
- Age43 years
- Zodiac signAquarius
- BirthplaceBarranquilla, Colombia
Parents and family
- Father William Mebarak Chadid
- Mother Nidia del Carmen Ropili Torrado
- Half-sister Lucila Mebarak Otero, Patricia Mebarak
- Half-brother Robin Mebarak Otero, Moises Mebarak Otero, Tonino Mebarak, Alberto Wiliam Mebarak Otero, Jose Antonio Mebarak, Edward Mebarak
Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll is famed worldwide for her outstanding vocal and dancing skills. She started writing songs and fell in love with belly dance in early childhood. In 1991, the artist already presented her debut album Magia.
The first success came to Shakira in 1995 after the release of her album Pies Descalzos, which gained platinum certification. To date, she has released 11 studio, 4 live and 5 compilation albums, the most successful of which are Sale el Sol and El Dorado.
Her incredible voice and hard work brought Shakira many accolades, comprising 3 Grammys, 11 Latin Grammys, 5 American Music Awards, 7 World Music Awards plus 5 ALMA Awards. Moreover, she was a Golden Globe nominee for writing a soundtrack to 2007 movie Love in the Time of Cholera.
Furthermore, Shakira deals with acting. In 1994, she made a TV debut in Colombian series El Oasis and had some cameo parts in American series, including Ugly Betty. Additionally, she voiced Gazelle in Zootopia. The performer was also a judge at The Voice season 4 and 6.
Shakira is also an entrepreneur. She has her own beauty line S by Shakira, established in 2010. To date, she has released about 30 fragrances. Apart from working, the artist dedicates much time to charity and runs Pies Descalzos Foundation helping children in need.
Shakira was in relationship with Argentine attorney Antonio de la Rua from 2000 to 2011. Since 2011, she has been romantically linked with FC Barcelona centre back Gerard Pique. The couple raises two adorable sons, Milan and Sasha.
A curious fact: Shakira considers her brain to be the most beautiful part of her body. And it’s not surprising as her IQ is 140 and she speaks Spanish, Portuguese, English, Italian and Arabic fluently. And, by the way, the artist has one more talent: she loves painting.