Shakira was born on February 2, 1977. She is currently 46 years old.
Shakira is a Colombian singer and songwriter who has been referred to as the “Queen of Latin Music.” She has sold over 125 million records worldwide, making her one of the best-selling female music artists of all time. She is known for her powerful vocals, her energetic live performances, and her unique blend of Latin, pop, and rock music.
Shakira is also a successful businesswoman and philanthropist. She has her own line of fragrances and clothing, and she has founded several charitable organizations, including the Pies Descalzos Foundation, which helps to provide education and other resources to children in poverty in Colombia.
Early Life and Career Timeline
Born February 2, 1977, in Barranquilla, Colombia, Shakira Early musical talent: she wrote her first song at eight and signed her first record contract at 13. Although Magia (1991) and Peligro (1993) were commercial disappointments, she never gave up on her ideal. Her third album, Pies Descalzos (1995), brought her popularity in Latin America with singles like “Estoy Aquí” and “¿Dónde Estás Corazón?”. In 1998, she released Dónde Están los Ladrones?, which included the hit track “Ojos Así” and garnered critical praise and worldwide notoriety.
With her fifth album, Laundry Service (2001), Shakira entered the English-speaking market and sold over 13 million copies. The album’s worldwide successes “Whenever, Wherever” and “Underneath Your Clothes” displayed her unique voice with pop, rock, Latin, and Arabic elements. Her fame made her a pioneer for Latino vocalists in mainstream music.
She released popular Spanish and English albums including Fijación Oral, Vol. 1 (2005), Oral Fixation, Vol. 2 (2005), She Wolf (2009), Sale el Sol (2010), Shakira (2014), and El Dorado (2017). “La Tortura”, “Hips Don’t Lie”, “Beautiful Liar”, “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)”, “Loca”, “Can’t Remember to Forget You”, “Chantaje”, and “Me Gusta” among her most popular songs
Personal Life and Challenges
Shakira’s messy personal life has affected her music and business. She dated Argentine lawyer Antonio de la Rúa for a decade, from 2000 to 2010. Engaged but never married. Reported infidelity and financial issues ended their relationship in 2010. In 2011, Shakira began dating Gerard Piqué. They met during the 2010 FIFA World Cup official song “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)” music video set. Milan and Sasha, born in 2013 and 2015, are their boys. However, public attention, distance, and separation rumors plagued their relationship.
In 2017, Shakira had a vocal chord hemorrhage that delayed her El Dorado World Tour. After vocal surgery and treatment, she began touring in 2018. She was also charged of tax cheating in Spain for failing to pay taxes on her income from 2012 to 2014. She rejected the claims and settled for 14.5 million euros ($16.3 million) in 2019.
Despite these challenges, Shakira has concentrated on being a good mother and role model for her followers. Motherhood has made her more appreciative and modest, she says. She also wants to encourage other women to follow their aspirations without sacrificing their femininity or happiness.
Current Age and Self-Care
Shakira is currently 46 years old as of February 2, 2023. She looks stunning for her age and has been praised for her natural beauty and vitality. How does she stay young at 46? She credits her fitness routine and love for dancing as the main factors that keep her in shape and healthy. She has said that dancing is her favorite way of exercising and expressing herself. She also does other forms of physical activity, such as weight training, HIIT circuits, swimming, and surfing.
Shakira also follows a skincare regime and diet that help her maintain her glowing complexion and slim figure. She has said that she wears sunscreen every day and smiles a lot, as these are the best ways to prevent wrinkles and aging. She also uses vitamin C serum, moisturizer, and natural beauty products to nourish her skin. As for her diet, she eats a balanced and varied diet that includes fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, whole grains, and healthy fats. She avoids processed foods, sugar, and alcohol. She also drinks plenty of water and green tea to stay hydrated and detoxified.
Debunking Plastic Surgery Claims
Shakira has been the subject of plastic surgery rumors for years. Some people have speculated that she has had procedures such as breast augmentation, liposuction, rhinoplasty, facelift, and botox injections to enhance her appearance and defy aging. However, Shakira has dismissed these rumors and denied having any plastic surgery. She has said that she is happy with her natural features and does not feel the need to change them.
Shakira has also said that she embraces natural aging and does not fear getting older. She has said that she believes that beauty comes from within and that confidence is the best makeup. She has also said that she values her inner growth and wisdom more than her outer appearance.
Upcoming Projects and Achievements
Shakira won’t slow down. She envisions a 2023 album release with new tracks. Her 2023 singles include “TQG” with Karol G, “Bzrp Music Sessions, Vol. 53” with Bizarrap, and “Acróstico” for her fans. She has hinted at working with musicians like Rihanna, Maluma, J Balvin, Rosalía, and Bad Bunny.
Shakira is philanthropic, humanitarian, and political. She founded the non-profit Barefoot Foundation (Pies Descalzos Foundation) to educate and help impoverished children in Colombia and other countries. She promotes worldwide education, children’s rights, women’s empowerment, and environmental preservation as a UNICEF goodwill ambassador. She has raised awareness and funding for these issues at Live 8, Live Earth, Global Citizen Festival, One World: Together at Home, and The Earthshot Prize.
Shakira has won several music and social work accolades. She has won three Grammys, 12 Latin Grammys, five MTV Video Music Awards (including the 2023 Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award), seven Billboard Music Awards, 39 Billboard Latin Music Awards, 21 Guinness World Records, and a Hollywood Walk of Fame star. Time magazine named her one of the 100 most important people in 2005 and 2014. Her services to music and society have been recognized by the UN, World Economic Forum, Harvard University, French government, Latin Recording Academy, and International Federation of the Phonographic Industry.
Shakira is an entertainment icon and inspiration to millions. She shows that beauty is more than skin deep and age is only a number. She proved everything is possible with skill, passion, tenacity, and compassion.