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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.

Bet You Still Know All The Words To These 2005 Summer Jams

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Bet You Still Know All The Words To These 2005 Summer Jams

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While 2005 feels like it happened just yesterday, it’s already been nearly 15 years since these tracks first graced our FM radios. Even in 2019, we all know your party playlist ain’t mierda without a throwback track from Mariah Carey and some of the OG reggaetoneros like Daddy Yankee and Calle 13. Your 2005 playlist probably didn’t include “Beverly Hills” by Weezer or “Behind These Hazel Eyes” by Kelly Clarkson. Prepare yourself for a walk down memory lane.

These songs were our summer jams. We were just some young people trying to figure out who we were and where we were heading in this world. Most of these songs became part of our DNA with how much we played them. We were these songs. These songs were the soundtrack to a summer of young love, loss, adventure, and heartache. Sit down and take a listen.

1. “We Belong Together” by Mariah Carey

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This is the song you belt after all your early 2000s breakups. Back then, we related to Mariah when the song gets “too deep (too deep) / I gotta change the station / So I turn the dial tryin’ to catch a break.” Except we’re not hearing Babyface “I Only Think of You” on the radio anymore. 

2. “La Tortura” by Shakira

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Your abuela was threatened and offended by Shakira’s ‘hips [that] don’t lie”, but everyone else and their mother was obsessed with Shakira’s deep, sultry voice, and, yes, those hips. We also can’t get over the scenes of her chopping onions. 😂

3. “Rompe” by Daddy Yankee

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Daddy Yankee was King of the 2000s, and while Billboard wasn’t even recording year-end top songs for the Latin genre, “Rompe” remained at number one for weeks on end. There was nothing Daddy Yankee could do that didn’t make you want to move that body all over the living room.

4. “1, 2 Step” by Ciara featuring Missy Elliot

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Ladies and gentlemen, this song was the bop of the summer, no question. The music video is an actual time capsule, with scenes of bros spraying themselves with AXE, and it being sexy. We all started 1, 2 stepping everywhere we went.

5. “La Camisa Negra” by Juanes

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Remember when this song was fresh? Juanes was topping all the Latin charts in 2005, and shockingly, his music video may be the original Boomerang. There’s no question: this song is just as relevant in 2005 as it is today. Sure, he’s playing with the trope of the witchy seductress, but our kind has all kinds of brujería in us.

6. “Pon de Replay” by Rihanna

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Only second to Mariah Carey’s “We Belong Together,” Rihanna’s debut single from her very first album captured everyone’s hearts. She spoke truth to power, and what everyone else in the club was thinking: “Mr. DJ, turn the music up!”

7. “Let Me Love You” by Mario

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Who didn’t have a major crush on Mario, especially as he was smooth-talking all of us about what a loyal, loving boyfriend he would be. “Show you the way love’s supposed to be, you deserve betterrr,” he coos. Someone ought to play this when I get down to the last Taki crumbs, before I’m covered in spicy dust.

8. “Atrévete te te” by Calle 13

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Calle 13 may have won 21 Latin Grammy awards since their first 2005 album, which included”Atrévete-te-te”, but the group could have won zero and would still have Boricua hearts. The group is also famous for advocating for Puerto Rican independence and commenting on the social issues in Latin America. With the rise of the Internet, Calle 13 asks, “Who cares if you like Green Day? Who cares if you like Cold Play?” The song is all about Puerto Rican pride and we felt that.

9. “Hollaback Girl” by Gwen Stefani

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This absolutely B-A-N-A-N-A-S song was only the third single Stefani ever released and reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 that summer. There was no choice in whether that song would get stuck in your head. Everyone knew the song by mid-summer.

10. “Lose Control” by Missy Elliot featuring Ciara & Fat Man Scoop

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The music video for this summer jam went on to win a two MTV VMA awards for “Best Dance Video” and “Best Hip Hop Video” and a Grammy for “Best Music Video.” It is a must-watch, especially for the close-up shots of Missy Elliot using a very advanced stylus pen on her Nokia touch screen. 

11. “Gold Digger” by Kanye West featuring Jamie Foxx

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Remember when nobody knew who the Kardashians were, and we were all just enjoying Kanye West’s peak artistry? Kanye originally produced this song in Ludacris’ home for Shawnna’s debut album, but nobody knows why she passed on it. Kanye eventually went on to win a Grammy for “Best Rap Solo Performance.”

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23 Things That Make Shakira The Reina Of It All 

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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)

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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

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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)

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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!

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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 

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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.

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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!

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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.

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