23 Things That Make Shakira The Reina Of It All
It is hard to imagine that Shakira started her music career 28 years ago, in 1990, when she was barely 13 years old. In the almost three decades that followed, Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll has built a name for herself as an entertainment powerhouse. She first gained fame in her native Colombia and in the Spanish-speaking world in the mid 1990s, and then expanded her brand to the rest of the world. She has a huge global following in countries as diverse as Germany and Indonesia. This woman born in 1977 in Barranquilla has changed the shape of pop culture and smashed the glass-ceiling of Latina women in the global music market.
These are some of the reasons why Shakira keeps reigning supreme. Long live, nuestra reina.
1. She is not afraid of change: she morphs but keeps her essence
Shakira doesn’t allow anyone to lock her into real or metaphorical cages. She started her career as an Alanis Morrissette look-alike and has developed into a fierce representative of female sensuality and Latino talent.
2. She supports young talent, mostly Latino
One of the reasons for her success is how she finds and supports talent. For example, she got little known designer Angel Treviño to design the posters of her most recent tour.
3. And she supports indigenous causes
She supports all sorts of causes that defend those who are most vulnerable. For example, she has advocated for the rights of the forgotten Wayuu people.
4. Her hips definitely don’t lie. She honors her heritage through dance
She is proud of her Latin American and Lebanese heritage, and she incorporates ancient moves into her modern choreographies.
5. She is not afraid of being silly (me parece que vi a una Shakira gatita)
Laughing is one of the best medicines in the world, and Shakira laughs and makes us laugh through videos posted on her Insta, such as her silly cat moves for Halloween.
6. She gets politically involved when it matters
Shakira knows that her voice can literally move oceans and she urges her fans to be politically active. The recent mid-term elections in the United States was a good example.
7. She is both romantic and a true gourmand (Pique is one lucky guy)
Oh la la! We can see her here with hubby Pique, a world-famous soccer player, picking a coveted white truffle. Yum on all accounts.
8. She loves children and wants to see them get an education. A estudiar!
As part of her work with UNICEF she encourages children of all nationalities, and particularly little girls, to get an education. She knows that the world is a tough place and education is the only true path to development.
9. She is a cool AF working mamita
Moms can work and play and be awesome moms. Shakira often shares super cute family moments such as this awesome tennis lesson. It is possible to have it all, after all.
10. She is a true rockstar. Just look at her.
She is perhaps one of the last heirs to the likes of Nina Simone and Janis Joplin. She is an amazing musician. Let’s remember her first few albums and the way she struck those chords. She is absolutely hypnotic on stage and there is not an ounce of prefabricated BS when she slays in a concert.
11. She collaborates with the best Colombian talent
One of the ways in which she keeps current is working with fellow Colombians such as Maluma, who has taken the lead of Colombian musicians in the world.
13. She is a musical prodigy… she really, really is
She plays numerous instruments and is just an amazing musician in her own right. She is not a plastic, mass-produced brand: she is a true artist. I mean, look at her owning those drums.
14. Hard work, dedication.
Shakira knows that the only way to achieve success is hard work. She trains hard and her hips always tell the truth… Being a pop star requires discipline.
15. She stands up for women rights
She supports multiple causes through her foundation Pies Descalzos. Being there for vulnerable young women is one of her priorities.
16. She has reigned supreme for more than two decades
Just like Madonna, Shakira has remained viable as a business and current as an artist for many, many years. Very few artists, male or female, can say that. In the 1990s she sold millions of CDs and today she is one of the most successful artist on streaming platforms. Technology changes but Shakira’s popularity just keeps growing.
17. She hangs with world leaders
She has liaised with world leaders such as Canadian hottie Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to fight for human rights across the world. They would make beautiful babies in a parallel universe eh? She is a businesswoman and professional advocate who is heard wherever she goes.
18. And she was BFF with Gabo
Her friendship with late Gabriel Garcia Marquez is famous. The two most famous Colombians in the world found in each other inspiration and camaraderie. She must miss him. One can only imagine the amazing conversations these two must have had.
19. She loves her fans and lets them know it
Can you imagine the joy of this fan who sent Shakira this cartoonish artwork only to see the artist share it on her Insta? Shakira knows that she would be no one without her fans, and she lets them know how thankful she is to them.
20. She is the definition of mainstream, in and out of Latino markets
Shakira not only caters for the Latino market, but has become a celebrity in every corner of the planet with projects such as Disney’s blockbuster Zootopia, where she gave voice to Gazelle, a sexy pop star. Besides being a great musician, Shakira is a savvy businesswoman who seems to take all the right decisions even if they seem risky at first.
21. She has a pet piggy
Look at that cute little porcine friend. The piggy appeared in the video for “Chantaje” and Shakira organized an online poll to find it a name. Cosita hermosa!
22. Family comes first. Primero los suyos.
Shakira is not shy to share cute moments with her parents, who have supported her music career right from the beginning. True to Latino family values, Shakira loves her family and lets the world know it.
23. She puts actions where her words are. Eso, reina!
Many celebrities go blah blah blah when it comes to causes that require their social clout. But Shakira is not someone who habla de dientes pa fuera: she has built an ample network among non-for-profit organizations. She is one of the faces for UNICEF, the United Nations body in charge of advocating for children.