Shakira

Active - 2001 - 2016  |   Born - Feb 2, 1977 in Barranquilla, Colombia  |   Genres - Music [nf]

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  • Learned to belly dance at the age of 4.
  • Moved to Bogotá, Colombia, at 13 to pursue a modeling career, but ended up signing a recording contract with Sony Music Colombia.
  • Starred in the Colombian telenovela El Oasis in 1994.
  • Gloria Estefan helped in the translation of "Ojos Así" for Shakira's first English-language album, Laundry Service.
  • In 2003, Mattel launched a Shakira doll.
  • Received a UN humanitarian award in 2006 for starting Barefoot, a Colombian charity that helps children escape violence.
  • Launched the beauty line "S by Shakira" in 2010.
  • Appointed by Barack Obama to serve on the Advisory Commission on Education Excellence for Hispanics in 2011.
  • Awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2011.
  • Often performs barefoot in concert.