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25 Photos That Show How Shakira Evolved To Be The Biggest Latino Pop Star in The World

Shakira. She needs no introduction. Over the past twenty plus years, Shakira has cemented her status as an international pop star. But how did she get here? Platinum selling albums? Check. A unique blend of singing, dancing, and musical skills? Check. Successful cross-over albums in English and Spanish? Check.

But being a pop star is more than cross-over success. Shakira has earned her title of the Biggest Latino Pop Star in the World by engaging with culture and politics at a deeper level. As a UNICEF ambassador and childhood education advocate, Shakira proves that being a pop star is more than just music.

Becoming an internationally renowned celebrity isn’t easy work, and Shakira proves she took the long way with these 25 photos:

1. Shakira Performing at Age 11

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Shakira demonstrated her talent from an early age. Seen here in an excerpt from her first television appearance, Shakira demonstrates a style and pizazz that would carry on throughout her career. This presence is remarkable for an eleven-year-old. It makes sense how she was signed by Sony Music two years later, at the age of 13.

2. Shakira on the Pies Descalzos Tour 1996

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Shakira released two early albums with Sony: Magica (1991) and Peligro (1993). Neither of these Colombia only releases  were a commercial success, but Shakira kept at it, and broke through with 1995’s Pies Descalzos. Seen here on her first major Latin American tour, Shakira is on the way to building a persona.

3. Shakira with Enrique Iglesias

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In 1997, Shakira was photographed with Enrique Iglasias, fellow latin pop star. The two were rumored to have briefly dated.

4. Shakira with Red Hair in 1999

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In 1998, Shakira released Dónde Están los Ladrones?, and embarked on another Latin American tour. By this point, she started experimenting with hair color and style, a staple of her career, this time dyeing her hair red.

5. Shakira Performs at MTV Unplugged in 2000

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Before YouTube and streaming fundamentally reordered the recording business, the way to get made in music was to make it on MTV. MTV’s Unplugged was one of the network’s flagship shows, allowing musicians to perform acoustic sets of their songs, showcasing the talent and craft associated with being a musician. In one of her first US performances, Shakira showed that she speaks in a voice that transcends language barriers.

6. Shakira Releases Laundry Service Her English Language Debut

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Laundry Service was Shakira’s english-langage debut, and a smash hit. The album sold three million copies in six months of its release in the United States, establishing Shakira as a pop sensation on par with Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera.

7. Shakira at the 2001 VMAs in Her “Wherever, Whenever” Outfit

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Shakira wore this outfit in her breakout music video “Wherever, Whenever”. She obviously didn’t want her fans to think of her any differently as she showed up to the MTV Video Music Awards in the same outfit. Whatever branding intentions she had worked, as Shakira would cement her pop star status in the years to come.

8. Shakira Wins a Grammy for Best Latin Pop Album at the 2001 Grammys

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In 2001, Shakira won her first Grammy for Laundry Service. Perhaps acknowlaging her cross-over success, the Recording Academy bestowed it’s highest honor on Shakira in 2001.  She would go on to win four more, but her evolution as a pop star started here in 2001.

9. Shakira Appears on the Cover of Rolling Stone Magazine

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Before Instagram, being a music icon meant being on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. Shakira hit that milestone with this cover in the summer of 2002.

10. Shakira Releases Oral Fixation #2

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Her second English-language release, and part of a double Spanish / English language release, Oral Fixation proved another global hit for Shakira.

11. Shakira Rides the Single “Hips Don’t Lie” To Global Superstardom

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The single “Hips Don’t Lie off of Oral Fixation #2, became a #1 Billboard single in 55 different countries. It went triple-platinum selling 1.9M copies globally. Such a smash-hit skyrocketed Shakira into global super-stardom, and proved that she was much more than a one-hit-wonder.

12. Shakira Gets Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2011

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Selected in 2008, Shakira recieved her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2011. The star is routinely one of the top 100 visited on the Walk of Fame.

13. Shakira with Barack Obama

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In 2011, Barack Obama appointed Shakira to President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. The commission advised Obama and Former Education Secretary Arne Duncan on issues of educational success related to Hispanic students.

14. Shakira Belly Dances

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While many a pop star can sing, Shakira’s skills run much deeper. Perhaps a nod to her Lebanese father, Shakira is a skilled belly dancer. Augmenting her singing skills helps make Shakira a global celebrity and expands her reach across the globe.

15. Shakira is a Real Musician

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A talented musician, Shakira plays multiple instruments, including the drums and guitar. Her musical skills inform her songwriting, giving her longevity in an industry filled with one-hit-wonders.

16. Shakira Hosts on The Voice

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In 2013, Shakira became a coach and judge on NBC’s The Voice. Replacing Christina Aguilera, who would focus on her singing career, Shakira proved that she could be more than a performer, and that her performing legacy put her among music’s elite.

17. Glamour Chooses Shakira for First Cover of Glamour Latina

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When Condé Nast’s Glamour magazine wanted to launch a separate magazine for the latina millenial audience, who did they choose for their first cover? Well, none other than Shakira. Yet another testament to Shakira’s ability to move the needle with audiences.

18. Shakira Becomes an Advocate of Early Childhood Education

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Empowered by her appointment by Barack Obama to be on his Education Advisory Committee, Shakira travels around the world advocating for Early Childhood Education.

19. Shakira with Schoolchildren in Barrenquilla

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Shakira took this advocacy to her native Colombia, where she is seen in this picture with schoolchildren in her hometown of Barrenquilla. Being an international pop star also means not forgetting where you came from.

20. Shakira’s “Chantaje” Ties “Hips Don’t Lie”

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Released as a single to anticipate the release of Shakira’s 2016 album El Dorado, “Chantaje” would again put Shakira into the pop stratosphere. The single would go on to tie “Hips Don’t Lie” for the longest amount of time in the Billboard Hot Latin chart.

21. Shakira Becomes a UNICEF Ambassador

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As a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador since 2003, Shakira has expanded her child advocacy efforts on the global level with field visits in Bangladesh, Azerbaijan and India. She’s also led  two global fundraising campaigns to help life-saving supplies reach the world’s most impoverished and at-risk children.

22. Shakira Animated in Zootopia!

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A sign of her cross-over success, Shakira appeared in the 2016 film Zootopia! as a belly dancing gazelle.

23. Shakira Stars In a Video Game “Love Rocks”

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Shakira has moved from the physical world to the digital world with Rovio’s 2015 game “Love Rocks”.

24. Shakira’s Love for Her Family

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Shakira is in a relationship with Spanish football player Girard Piqué, together they have two sons. Her family is an important part of her personality. It gives Shakira a shade of a “normal” life amid her global celebrity.

25. Shakira Continues to Sell Out Stadiums Around the World

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Through it all, Shakira continues to excite and entertain audiences throughout the world. Who knows what the next several decades will bring, except Shakira is sure to be a part of it, having cemented her status as the biggest Latino pop star in the world.

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From Nick Jonas To The Weeknd: Take A Look Back At Selena Gomez’s Dating History

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From Nick Jonas To The Weeknd: Take A Look Back At Selena Gomez’s Dating History

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Selena Gomez has come a long way from her starring role on Disney channel, becoming a household name, with seven top ten entries on the US Billboard Hot 100. Starring in a Disney TV show, several movies and releasing five albums as a music artist, the star has achieved so much for someone who is 26 years old. Selena, whose father is of Mexican descent, is also the most followed musician on Instagram. Her personal life is just as hectic as her professional life, with her mental and physical health sometimes being a burden. Her dating history has also been complicated and today we’re going to outline the main highlights.

One of Selena Gomez’s first boyfriends was a Jonas brother.

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The story starts like many stories; The Disney Channel. We all know that during Selena’s time with Disney, The Jonas Brothers were the coolest guys in town. Selena must have thought so too because she has confirmed that she dated the youngest Jonas brother, Nick Jonas, in 2008.This was shortly after Nick’s split with Miley Cyrus.

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The couple dated for just under a year and then reportedly started seeing each other again in 2010 for a shorter stint. The reason the two permanently broke up is unknown. Both Selena and Nick were 15 years old when they began dating.

There was a lot of secrecy when Selena dated Nick.

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During an interview with Ryan Seacrest in 2008, Nick remained private about his relationship with Selena, neither confirming nor denying that they were a romantic couple. This constant secrecy may have been the reason Selena and Nick’s relationship didn’t work out.

Despite the secrecy, Selena and Nick are still on good terms.

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10 years after the romance ended between Selena and the youngest Jonas Brother, it appears that the two singers still remain friends. In an interview with Capital FM in 2015, Selena said that Nick is “lovely” and that their relationship was “sweet” and like “puppy love”. Nick has also complemented Selena, even saying that she is a good kisser. The two of them have clearly kept in touch.

Selena also had a short relationship with Taylor Lautner whilst she was filming a movie.

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Taylor Lautner, the actor most famous for playing the role of Jacob in the Twilight series, was filming a movie at the same location as Selena in 2009. They then began dating casually. The couple were spotted out together several times but the romance only last a few months. By the time Selena finished filming and returned home, the relationship had fizzled out.

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The Jelena madness began in 2010.

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Jelena, the celebrity couple name for Selena Gomez and Justin Beiber, has been used many times since the couple began dating in 2010. Justin, who is a Canadian singer and songwriter, rose to fame when he was just 14 years old. When he was 16, he began a romantic relationship with Selena who was 18 at the time.

Selena and Justin broke up for the first time two years later.

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After a couple of years dating and being completely loved up, it was announced that Selena and Justin had decided to split up in 2012. The reasoning behind the break up was supposedly due to their busy schedules which they found difficult dealing with whilst maintaining a relationship.

However, Selena and Justin continue a rocky on-off relationship over the next 4 years.

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Selena and Justin continued to be close friends and were spotted being intimate with each other multiple times between 2012 and 2018. The couple clearly had a connection and never seemed to hide their affections for each other. They continued to date passionately for a few months at a time, taking breaks to have time apart every so often.

Selena clearly dealt with heartbreak.

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The rocky Jelena situation led to speculation that Selena Gomez’s love song “The Heart What It Wants” was actually written about Justin. Selena did end up confirming that this was the case, following her emotional and heart-breaking performance of the single on the American Music Awards in 2014. The song was written after one of Selena and Justin’s serious break ups.

Selena begins a strong relationship with The Weeknd.

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Following Selena’s unsteady relationship with Justin, she may have desired a romance that was more concrete and secure which led her to begin dating the R’n’B musician The Weeknd. The couple began seeing each other at the start of 2017 when Selena was 24 years old.

Selena and The Weeknd’s relationship became very serious.

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Selena and The Weeknd became the new Jelena for a while. Their romance may not have lasted as long as Jelena, but the couple actually started living together in New York in 2017 and bought a puppy together. During an interview with Insider, Selena expressed that she was very happy and that she felt “lucky because he’s more of a best friend than anything else”.

Selena and The Weeknd broke up but there were no hard feelings.

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Selena’s relationship with The Weekend unfortunately ended within a year. By the end of 2017, Selena was single again. Discussing the split, Selena revealed to NME that the break up ended well. Selena said “We ended it as best friends, and it was genuinely about encouraging and caring [for each other]”.

Selena reconnects with Justin Bieber

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After the news that Selena had broken up with The Weeknd, Justin revealed to PEOPLE that he was happy she was single again and hoped to regain her trust to get back together. Within a month of the break up with The Weeknd, Selena and Justin were spotted kissing and connecting again. A few months later, in 2018, Selena and Justin decided to take a break to spend some time focusing on themselves.

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Selena and Justin may have attempted to stay in contact as close friends but, since the beginning of 2018, there has been no evidence to say that they have got back together romantically. The two have apparently permanently moved on. So much so that Justin got engaged to new girlfriend, Hailey Baldwin, in July. Justin and Hailey had previously dated for a few months back in 2015.

Is Selena single now?

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As Selena focuses on her health, she is reportedly single at the moment and not worried about having a man in her life. Selena revealed to E!News back in May that she is much happier doing her own thing. The sources also added that Selena is “fully open to dating” so a possible new relationship could be on the horizon.