One of the well-known Colombian singers, songwriters, and dancer is Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll who is famous as Shakira. She is a Hollywood star and one of the famous belly dancers as well. She has received numerous awards as 5 MTV Video Music Awards, 3 Grammy Awards, 7 Billboard Music Awards, 39 Billboard Latin Music Awards, and also been Golden Globe-nominated. She served as the coach on the fourth and sixth season of the American version of The Voice in 2013 and 2014 respectively.

Early Life of Shakira

Shakira’s full name is Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll. She is born on 2 February 1977 in Barranquilla, Columbia. Her father’s name is William Mebarak Chadid and his mother’s name is Nidia Ripoll. She is the only child. The name Shakira is Arabic which means grateful. She was raised Catholic and attended Catholic School. When she was four years old she wrote her first poem titled La Rosa De Cristal/ The Crystal Rose. She also did belly dancing when she heard Doumbek (traditional drum used in Arabic music). Due to her hyperactivity (ADHD), she was often sent out of the class. At the age between 10 and 13, she was invited to various events in the town. She was a talented girl from the very beginning only. She impressed the director by performing three songs for the executives and which led her to sign to record three albums.

What are Shakira’s measurements?

Shakira’s height is 1.57 m and her weight is 53 kg. Her hair is naturally brown but she is dying it to blonde and eye is of hazel color. She has a balanced and healthy body.

Shakira’s Career

  • 1990-1995

In 1990, when Shakira was only 13 years old she made the debut album named Magia which was recorded with Sony Music Colombia. The songs were the collection made by her since she was eight. But the album got released in June 1991 due to the lack of cohesion in both its recording and production. She got an invitation to perform at various festivals. Then she released her second studio album titled Peligro which was released in March. She starred in the Colombian TV series as well in 1985. She then released her album Pies Descalzos which brought her great popularity in Latin America. In Portuguese, she recorded three tracks.

  • 1995-2000

In 1995, using musical influences from a number of countries Shakira returned to recording music under Sony Music in Columbia. She then recorded for her third studio album named Pies Descalzos. The album got released in February 1996. It reached on top 5 on the U.S. Billboard Top Latin Albums chart. It also got certified as Platinum Status in 1996 by RIAA. She went on her first international tour in March 1996. She received the three Billboard Latin Music Awards for Album of the Year, Video of the Year, and Best New Artist. Her fourth studio album titled Donde Estan Ios Ladrones also got released in September 1998. She received her first Grammy Award nomination in 1999 for Best Latin Rock/ Alternative album. She also earned the Grammy Award for Best Latin Pop Album in 2001. She was also nominated for Album of the Year, Best Pop Vocal Album, Best Female Rock Vocal Performance, Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, and Best Short Form Music Video in which she won two awards.

  •  2001-2004

Shakira began working on an English crossover album. She also started learning English. She then recorded her fifth studio album between August 2001 and February 2002. It became an international success by reaching number one in most countries. She also wrote a song for the movie. She released her fifth studio album on 13 November 2001 which was titled Laundry Service. The album got triple platinum verified by RIAA in June 2004. In September she won the International Viewer’s Choice Award at the MTV Video Music Awards. She also won the Latin Grammy award. Later she also won five MTV Video Music Awards Latin America. She also released her Spanish greatest-hits compilation titled Live & Off the Record in 2004.

  • 2005-2010

Shakira released her sixth studio album titled Fijacion Oral, Volumen Uno in June 2005. She became the first artist to perform a Spanish language song at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2005. The album earned certifications as Platinum in Venezuela and triple platinum in Colombia. She won her second Grammy awards on 8 February 2006. She received four Latin Awards in November as Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Album of the Year, and Best Pop Vocal Album. She also released her seventh album and second English studio album. She then wrote lyrics and composed various songs and made the duo with various artists. She became the fourth top-earning female artist in the music industry in 2008. She released the album titled She Wolf in October 2009. It was recorded in All Music’s year-end Favorite Album, Favorite Latin Album, and Favorite Pop Album. She also collaborated with the South African Group and created a song of the 2010 FIFA World cup in South Africa named Waka Waka.

  • 2010-2015

Shakira released her ninth album titled Sale el Sol in October 2010. It was included in All Music’s Favorite Album of 2010 and Favorite Latin Album 2010. She also made the remark on her tour. She released her tenth studio album on 25 March 2014. The next world cup version was also released on 27 May which was performed at the 2014 FIFA World Cup closing ceremony.

  • 2016-2018

Shakira worked on her eleventh album and released it on El Dorado on 15 September 2017. It was certified gold by Spain. She also made her tour to perform in Hamburg, Germany on 3rd June 2018.

Who Is Shakira dating?

Shakira was in a relation with Antonio de La who is an Argentine lawyer in 200 but ended in August 2010. After she entered a relationship with Gerard Pique who is a Spanish football player and plays as center-back for FC Barcelona. He also played for the Spanish National team in 2011. He is ten years junior to her. The couple has a first son named Milan Pique Mebarak who was born on 22 January 2010 and a second son named Sasha Pique Mebarak on 29 January 2015.

What is the net worth of Shakira?

Shakira’s net worth is estimated to be $220 million.

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