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Name: Shakira |
Birth Name: Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll
Measures: 5 ft. 2 in.
Weight: 106 lbs.
Date: February, 1977
Birth Place: Barranquilla, Colombia
Parents: William Mebarak and Nidia Ripoll
Brothers: Seven: Tonino, Alberto, Robin, Edward, Moisés, Ana, Patricia and Lucy.
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- Shakira has signed an endorsement deal with Reebok that will be marketed under the sportswear giant's Sounds & Rhythm Of Sport platform. (September 24, 2002)
- Shakira is a walking, living, breathing, singing contradiction.
- She's a child prodigy who wrote her first song at age eight, a blond-locked Colombian who speaks three languages and loves only in Spanish.
- She's a perfectionist who spends hours in the studio; she needs to be close to nature but her passion is the crackle of electric guitars.
- Made emergency helicopter landing. Bad weather forces the singer's chopper down over a baseball diamond in the Dominican Republic on Friday, August 2, 2002. She and family escaped injury.
- Studies: Secondary schooling in La Enseñanza de Barranquilla; professional modelaje in the Passarela Academy of that same city, and 2 years of Olympic gymnastics at Atlantic Coldeportes.
- Trajectory: At 5 years of age she began to write poems, at 8 composed her first song, at 14 recorded her first CD titled MAGIC, at 16 she recorded DANGER, and then represented Colombia in the Festival Viña del Mar occupying third place with the song ERES. When Shakira was 17 she carried out El Oasis next to Pedro Rendón, and sang the theme of this production, composed by Estefano. That year she also was awarded the prize the Best Butt of Television 1994. At 18 she recorded and promoted Pies Descalzos and at 21 she produced Donde estan los ladrones?. During these last 3 years she hast turned into the most awarded Colombian artist in the world, and the one who has sold more albums.
- Civil state: Unmarried
- Favorite actor: Hugh Grant
- Bedside book: The Prophet, by Khalil Gibran G.
- Favorite author: Oriana Falacci.
- Colors: Black and white.
- Perfume: Water D'issein Myoke.
- Flower: Daisies and sunflowers.
- Fruit: Mango with salt.
- Favorite food: Mojarra fried with patacón, arabic food and sea food.
- Sweet: Chocolate balls.
- Group: The Police and U2.
- Song: With or Without You, by U2.
- Her better girl friend: Her mother.
- As she likes to get dressed: With informal clothes.
- Who is her platonic love: Lorenzo Lamas.
- Past Boyfriends: Oscar Ulloa, Oscar Pardo, Gustavo Gordillo, y Osvaldo Ríos.
- If she wasn't an artist she would rather be: A psycologist or an astronomist.
- Before being a singer she was: An actress, dancer of arabic dance and a model.
- Position she likes to sleep in: Fetal
- Things she does before going to bed: Speak with God.
- That she does before going on the spotlight: To repeat Psalm 91.
- Believes in the marriage: Yes.
- Dream wedding: Dressed in white and at a beach.
- What does she beleive in: In God.
- Phrase: "Espérate, esperat", or " Hold on, hold on" or when she likes somebody "You are super-divine".
- Down-side: She is very sensible and cries often.
- How does she prefer cars: Comfortable.
- Pastimes: Painting.
- She would write on her tombstone: "Here lies the woman whom wished to do many things but time didn't allow it".
- Soccer Team: Junior de Barranquilla.
- Defect: She is unorganized.
- Her greatest virtue: she is disciplined and a perfectionist.
- Comic strip: The Pink Panther.
- Person she admires: Oriana Falacci.
- Artist she admires: Gloria Estefan.
- The greatest virtue in a man: Honesty.
- The worst defect in a man: That he is a liar.
- A vice: To listen to musica.
- Her favorite physical characteristic: Her eyes.
- Her least favorite physical characteristic: Her hands.
- Her greater sadness: When 3 girls died in the first great concert that she ever gave at Barranquilla, her native city.
- Her goal: To be more than a passing craze, to go on.
- She would like to reincarnate into: A panther.
- What she loves most: Her family.
- What makes her fall in love: Perseverance.
- What scares her away: The ugly details.
- How does she define love: It is the motor of life.
- Historic person she admires: Jesus Christ.
- Her ideal man: The physical appearance does not matter, must have manners, but not perfect, must be intelligent and enterprising, but the most important thing is that she should be able to look into his eyes and discover that he is transparent and honest.
- What she does not like to do: To put on make up, lip-sinc on stage and to pack suitcases.
Inspiration arrives to her: In airplanes and at dawn.
- Time she wakes up: 11 am
- Time she goes to sleep: 3 am
- Sports she practices: Swiming and Bicycling.
- Kisses she has given on-screen: 2, to Mauro Urquijo and to Pedro Rendon in El oasis.
"I think I am celebrating life more than ever. I had a slightly narrow vision of love."
"I was born and raised in Colombia, but I listened to bands like Led Zeppelin, the Cure, the Police, the Beatles and Nirvana."
"I was so in love with that rock sound but at the same time because my father is of l00% Lebanese descent, I am devoted to Arabic tastes and sounds. Somehow I'm a fusion of all of those passions and my music is a fusion of elements that I can make coexist in the same place, in one song."
She won a Grammy for Best Music Video at the 3rd Latin Grammy Awards. (September 19, 2002)
Number of Premios Lo Nuestro awards: 2
Number of Billboard awards: 3
Number of Premios TV y Novelas awards: 3
Number of ACPE awards: 3
Number of Eres awards: 1
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