Shakira (born Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll) was born on February 2, 1977, in Barranquilla, Colombia. In Arabic, Shakira means “grateful”. The singer’s father William Mebarak Chadid is of Lebanese ancestry while her mother, Nidia, has Spanish and Italian roots.

Being 4 years old, Shakira wrote her first poem “La Rosa De Cristal”. Studying at school, she understood that she liked singing and dancing. After the singer impressed Sony Colombia executives by her performance, she signed a contract with the company. In 1990, her debut album “Magia” was released, however, it’s more considered to be her promo album. In 1996, album “Pies Descalzos” was introduced, which the same year was called platinum by RIAA. Shakira also got a Billboard Latin Music Award for it. Her 1998 album “Donde Estan los Ladrones?” became one of the best-selling albums in Spanish language in the USA. She got Latin Grammy for her songs “Octavo dia” and “Ojos Asi”. In 1999, she also got her first Grammy Award nomination for Best Latin Rock/Alternative Album.

While working at her first English album, Shakira released song “Whenever, Wherever”, which was an international success. In 2001, “Laundry Service” album was released. It got platinum certification by RIAA. In 2008, she was called the fourth top-earning female artist in music industry by Forbes. In 2010, she performed the official song of the 2010 FIFA World Cup “Waka Waka”, which became best-selling World Cup song of all time.

Shakira has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and is one of the most powerful women in the world. In 2010, she launched her beauty line “S by Shakira”. In 2012, the singer received the honor of Chevalier De L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.

From 2000 to 2010, Shakira dated Argentinian lawyer Antonio de la Rua. Since 2010, she is in relationship with football player Gerard Pique. The couple has two sons, Milan and Sasha.