Mostly Credited As: Shakira
Sometimes Credited As: Shakira Mebarak
Birth Name: Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll
Date Of Birth: February 02, 1977 (Age 39)
Country Of Birth: Colombia
Birth Place: Barranquilla
Height: 5' 2" (1.57 m)
Shakira Isabel Mebarak was born to her Lebanese father and Columbian mother on February 2, 1977. Popular for many years in Latin America, she became a well-known name in The US in 2001 when she released her first cross-over English album. Simply going by her first name, Shakira, meaning "graceful" in Arabic, she is currently one of the biggest names in the music industry known for her exotic voice and belly-dancing talents.
Trivia Her nickname is "Shaki".
She is a Actress, Composer, Editor, Producer, Writer and a Spanish Rock Singer.
She is very fluent in Fluent in Arabic, English, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish languages.
In 1996 she had 6 different songs throughout the year on one of many Latin singles charts.
Also in 1996 she appeared for the first time in a non-singing part playing the character of “Luisa Maria” in the weekly TV series “El Oasis” that was aired in Columbia.
Her very first huge hit was “Estoy Aqui” that peaked at #1 on the “Latin Pop Airplay” chart.
The first hit she had on the U.S. English charts was “Whenever, Wherever” that also was her first song on the Canadian charts and it peaked at #4 on both the Canadian & English charts in 2001.
She composed her very first English language song in 2001 titled “Objection (Tango)” that was a single and also appeared on her album titled “Laundry Service”.
In 2002 she was ranked #9 in “Stuff” magazine’s annual poll of the “102 Sexiest Women in the World”.
In 2006 her cousin “Valerie Dominguez Tarud” who is a fashion designer, won the “Miss Colombia” pageant.
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