Who is Shakira?
Shakira is a popular Columbian singer, dancer and actress who is best known as the Queen of Latin Music for her popular songs “Whenever, Wherever”, “Hips Don’t Lie” and “Waka Waka.”
Born on 2nd February 1977, Shakira was raised in her hometown Barranquilla, Colombia.
With Lebanese and Spanish family background, the LA-based university graduate went on to become a budding superstar with her breakthrough songs that won various awards, including Grammy Awards, Latin Grammy Awards, Billboard Music Awards and Billboard Latin Music Awards.
Childhood – Family
Shakira was born as the only child of William Mebarak Chadid and Nidia Ripoll Torrado. The name Shakira is Arabic which means “grateful”. She has eight older half-siblings from her father’s side. She is multiracial, having his mother Colombian-born with a Spanish (Catalan and Castilian) background, and his father having Lebanese ancestry.
Being originally from Barranquilla, Columbia, Shakira was raised Catholic and attended La Ensenanza School in Barranquilla. The singer took a short course in history over the summer at the Los Angeles-based university after her lengthy jaunt ended in May 2007.
The superstar wrote her first poem, titled “La Rosa De Cristal/The Crystal Rose” at age 4.
|Real Name/Full Name||Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll
|Age||44 years old (2021)|
|Date of Birth||22nd February, 1977|
|Profession||Singer, Songwriter, Dancer and Actress|
|Genre||Electronic Dance Music & Reggaeton
|High School||La Ensenanza School|
|College||University of California, Los Angeles|
|Ethnicity||Lebanese and Columbian|
|Debut Single||Tus Gafas Oscuras/Your Dark Glasses
|Parents | Siblings|
|Father||William Mebarak Chadid|
|Mother||Nidia Ripoll Torrado|
|Brothers||Tonino, Antonio, Moises Mebarak, Alberto, Edward and Robin Mebarak|
|Sisters||Patricia, Ana and Lucy Mebarak,|
|Birthday | Zodiac Sign|
|Birth Place||Barranquilla, Colombia|
Career – Works
Shakira started her career in the music industry after she released her Spanish albums, Magia and Peligro, recorded with Sony Music Colombia, in 1990 at the age of 13.
She transitioned her career into English music after releasing her fifth studio album and the first English language album, titled Laundry Service, in November 2001, ranking at number three on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart, winning 300,000 sales within the first week.
In 2007, she worked with Beyoncé for the single “Beautiful Liar”, which made a record for the largest upward movement in the history for having 91 positions, from 94 to three, on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. In 2010, Shakira’s single “Waka Waka” became the biggest-selling World Cup song of all time.
In February 2016, she featured her single “Try Everything” in the Disney animated movie Zootopia.
According to her date of birth, Shakira is 41 years old in 2021. Her zodiac sign is Aquarius.
With a body measurement of 34-24-37 inches, she currently weighs 53 kilograms or 117 pounds, and she stands at the height of approximately 5 feet and 2 inches or 157 centimeters. Having brown hair and dark brown eyes make her more attractive for modeling and brand endorsement.
She does exercise six days a week, consistently switches up her workouts, and eats fresh, healthy meals that are high in protein and vegetables, to stay in shape.
|Weight | Height | Body Measurements|
|Weight||53 kg in Kilograms
117 lbs in Pounds
|Height||5' 2" in feet and inches
157 cm in centimeters
|Eye Color||Dark Brown|
|Dress Size||4 (US)|
|Shoe Size||7 (US)|
|Bust - Waist - Hips||34-24-37 inches (86-61-94 cm)
She has made her fortune mostly through record sales as she became the Latin artist who has sold the most albums in history, as per a report from Forbes. Forbes ranked her at fourth position in 2008 and at 10th position in 2019 among the top-earning female artists in the music industry.
Shakira has an estimated net worth of $300 million USD.
Dating Life – Boyfriends/Husband
|Ex-Boyfriends||Osvaldo Ríos (Puerto Rican Actor),
Antonio de la Rúa (Argentinian Lawyer)
|Boyfriend||Gerard Piqué (2011 - Present)|
|Kids||Milan Piqué Mebarak and Sasha Piqué Mebarak|
Shakira dated Puerto Rico star Osvaldo Ríos for eight months and remained in the relationship from 1996-1997. In 2000, she started a relationship with Argentinian lawyer Antonio de la Rúa and considered it a married couple that didn’t need papers. She broke up with him in August 2010 and met his future boyfriend Spanish/Barcelona football center-back, Gerard Piqué, during recording the music video for “Waka Waka, in November 2010.
However, dating for more than 10 years, she is still not married to her boyfriend Piqué, as she claims: “We already have what’s essential, you know? We have a union, a love for each other, and a baby. I think that those aspects of our relationship are already established, and marriage is not going to change them.
In 2013, Forbes listed Shakira and Piqué as one of the most powerful couples in the world. Since 2011, she gave birth to the pair’s two sons: Milan Piqué Mebarak in 2013 and Sasha Piqué Mebarak in 2015.
10 Facts Only Shakira Fans Know
- Her full name is Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll
- She is the youngest of eight siblings
She wrote her first poem, “La rosa de cristal” when she was 4 years old
- The belly dancer performs barefoot in most of her concerts
- She can speak fluently in Colombian, English, Portuguese, Italian and French
- She was taught Arabic belly dancing by her Lebanese grandmother
- Her oldest half-brother died in a motorcycle-car accident when she was only 2 years old
- She has homes in the Bahamas; Miami; Barranquilla, Colombia; and Barcelona, Spain
- At school, she was often sent out of the class because of her hyperactivity (ADHD)
- She is the first artist to perform three times at the FIFA World Cup