At just under 5′ tall, Shakira is a firecracker of mixed Colombian and Lebanese genes. If you’ve seen her live or in a music videos, it’s easy to get caught up in her sexy dance moves. It might seem like Shakira is just trying to seductively show off her body — not that anyone’s complaining — but Shakira says it’s all due to her love of belly dancing.
Shakira’s beauty has caught the attention of many in the media, and even Mattel. The toymaker released a Barbie line, inspired by Shakira’s look, which is notable since she openly dislikes jewelry and prefers being healthy over being dangerously skinny. In the media, Shakira’s been recognized by twice by Maxim and FHM on their respective Hot 100 lists. VH1 and Stuff have also given her similar recognition. On a personal level, Shakira’s ways did capture the heart of fianc� Antonio de la R�a, best-known as the son of Argentina’s former president.
A Sony exec referred to a young Shakira as a “lost cause” while a choir teacher said she had a goat’s voice. Shakira is enjoying the last laugh, thanks to multiple Latin Grammy awards, American Grammys and a crown as the biggest-grossing Colombian artist in history. With 50 million albums sold, Shakira’s success has been solidified by records like Laundry Service and her Oral Fixation. Already in the top five of the most successful artists since 2000, Shakira is also the first South American musician to top the Billboard, the United World, the UK Singles, and the Australia charts.