12 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Shakira

In honor of Shakira’s 38th birthday, here are 12 facts about the Colombian superstar we bet you never knew!

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1. Shakira is Arabic for “grateful” or “full of grace.” Her full name is Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll.

2. Shakira attended a Catholic school, and in the second grade she was rejected for the school choir because her vibrato was too strong.

3. Shakira’s debut studio album Magia, was recorded with Sony Music Colombia in 1990 when she was only 13 years old. She has had crazy moves since the beginning of her career:

4. Pies Descalzos was her third album, which catapulted her to fame in Latin America.

5. She was engaged to Antonio de la Rua, son of the then-president of Argentina.

6. She is multilingual and is considered to be a genius. Her IQ is 140 and she speaks Spanish, English, Italian, and Portuguese fluently.

7. Her Lebanese grandmother taught her how to belly dance.

8. Her fourth studio album, “Dónde Están los Ladrones?“, produced entirely by Shakira herself and Emilio Estefan, Jr. as the executive producer, was released in September 1998. The album was inspired by an incident in an airport in which a suitcase full of her written lyrics was stolen.

9. Steven Spielberg offered her a part in his film ‘The Mask of Zorro’ in 1998. However, she felt unable to accept, as she believed her English wasn’t good enough. The role went to Catherine Zeta Jones.

The Legend of Zorro
10. “Hips Don’t Lie” was the most-played pop song in a single week in American radio history.

11. In 2010 she was awarded a medal by the U.N. International Labor Organization for her work with children. Even more impressive, Shakira has been funding schools with her own money.




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12. She has 28 Billboard Latin Music Awards, amongst so many other awards…28!!!

Shakira won her second Grammy Award.

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