[[caption-width-right:350:Lucky that my breasts are small and humble. So you don't confuse them with mountains]]
->''"I was five years old; I got addicted to being on stage. I felt like it was the most wonderful place on Earth, performing in front of an audience, who in this case were a bunch of classmates, kids my age."''

Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll (born February 2, 1977) is a Colombian singer and dancer who is the highest-selling Colombian artist of all time and the second most successful female Latin singer of all time (after Music/GloriaEstefan), having sold over 50 million albums worldwide. She is of Lebanese, Catalan, and Italian ancestry. Known for her belly dancing, her multiculturalism, and her Music/AlanisMorissette-like voice, Shakira is a she-wolf to be reckoned with.

Hailing from Barranquilla, Colombia, her Lebanese father took her to a Middle Eastern restaurant when she was 4. Here, she heard the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doumbek doumbek]], and started dancing to an enthusiastic crowd. Her passion for being a live performer was ignited.

When she was 8, [[FallenPrincess her father went bankrupt]]. She was sent to relatives in UsefulNotes/LosAngeles. She got to return to Barranquilla, but she was shocked to find that a lot of her parents’ belongings had been sold. To show her that things could be worse, her father took her to a local park where orphans were sniffing glue. The images stayed with her and she said to herself, "One day I’m going to help these kids when I become a famous artist."

She got to record two albums in her teenage years: ''Magia'' (English: ''Magic'') and ''Peligro'' (English: ''Danger''). These albums were commercial failures, and soon became victims of CanonDiscontinuity.

When it was time to record her third album, Shakira started to produce her own music, perfect her voice and take creative control of her music. ''Pies Descalzos'' (English: ''Bare Feet'') was groundbreaking in the Latin pop world. The songs of the album are melodic, musically surprising and gritty, with intellectual lyrics and an electronic/acoustic blend that effectively broke the formulaic mold of Latin pop with an authentic sound that hadn’t been heard before. The album sold over 5 million copies.

''¿Dónde Están los Ladrones?'' (English: ''Where Are the Thieves?''), inspired by an incident in an airport in which a suitcase full of her written lyrics was stolen, was a bigger hit than ''Pies Descalzos''. It combined world, rock, pop, and dance perfectly. It’s also notable for being a success in the United States, where 1,500,000 copies were sold. Shakira’s first live album, ''MTV Unplugged'', was recorded in New York City on August 12, 1999. Highly acclaimed by American critics, it is rated as one of her best-ever live performances.

After the success of these two albums, she began to work on a crossover album to English, ''Laundry Service''. Her English lyrics were unusual, which was because she hadn’t quite grasped the language yet. (Yes, this has the song with the lyric "Lucky for my breasts they're small and humble, so you don't confuse them with mountains".) Sure enough, this gained her criticism. Her Latin fans also criticized Shakira, since she apparently sold out to the contemporary American pop market. ''Laundry Service'' nevertheless became a big hit, selling over 13 million copies.

Things are looking big for Shakira. "[[Music/HipsDontLie Hips Don't Lie]]", a collab with Wyclef Jean, is still the world's best-selling single of the 21st Century and is the world's biggest pop song ever as well as being the YouTube video with the highest number of views until 2007 ''and'' spawning "Hips Don't Lie (Bamboo)", the 2006 [[TheWorldCup FIFA World Cup]] anthem. Later songs "She Wolf" and "Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)" proved that she is still one of the biggest stars in the world right now; "Waka Waka" is currently the fourth most viewed YouTube music video ever (after Gangnam Style, Baby, and Bad Romance) and was the 2010 World Cup anthem.

Shakira is also a philanthropist. She founded the Pies Descalzos Foundation. It is a Colombian charity with special schools for poor children all around Colombia. She stayed true to her promise to the glue-sniffing orphans after all. She is also a recurring panelist on ''Series/TheVoice'' and had a singing role in the Walt Disney Classic ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}''.

* ''Pies Descalzos'' (1996)
* ''Dónde Están los Ladrones?'' (1998)
* ''Laundry Service'' (2001)
* ''Fijación Oral Vol. 1'' (2005)
* ''Oral Fixation Vol. 2'' (2005)
* ''She Wolf'' (2009)
* ''Sale el Sol'' (2010)
* ''Shakira'' (2014)

!!Tropes related to Shakira are:
* AllInTheEyes: In the music video for "Objection (Tango)", there is a sequence where Shakira is in the car looking for her wayward lover. Her eyes are illuminated by the reflection from her rear-view mirror.
** It's also the main reason for the song "Ojos Así".
** And "En Tus Pupilas".
** Lines in ''Whenever, Wherever'' and Spanish equivalent ''Suerte'' say, respectively, "And these two eyes that for no other/ the day you leave will cry a river" and "And these two eyes which tell me/ that they must mourn when you leave".
* AnimatedMusicVideo: A portion of the music video for "Objection (Tango)".
* BareYourMidriff: Does this most of the time (and what a midriff!).
* BellyDancer: See the videos for "Ojos Así" and "Hips Don't Lie".
* BilingualBonus: Her song lyrics, and everything else really, are much more enjoyable if you know Spanish.
** In [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=J0JwCyJ2uy0 this interview]] she purposely mis-translates Daly's message into Spanish, and what she ''does say'' is hilarious. There are subtitles, but a lot of the audience was Latino anyway.
* BookEnds: The song ''No'' begins and ends with the same one-word line. "No." (Pronounced 'noh'. In Spanish.)
* BreakupSong: "Don't Bother"
* ButNotTooForeign: 1/4 Lebanese.
* CallBack: The infamous lines of ''Whenever, Wherever'' - "[[PetitePride Lucky for my breasts they're small and humble]]/ So you don't confuse them with mountains" - is somewhat revoked in ''Costume Makes The Clown'' with the ''[[DownerBeginning very first lines]]''; "Told you I felt lucky with my humble breasts/ Well I don't".
** In ''Don't Bother'' with "and [I'd] learn about football", referencing ''Inevitable'' line "I don't understand football". Also, ''Don't Bother'' repeats the line "I promise you won't ever see me cry" and even though it was released as a single a few weeks before the Oral Fixation Vol. 2 album release, ''How Do You Do?'' was the title track of this, including the repetitive lines "Do you ever cry?/ I sometimes cry", the latter of which is ''confessed'' - just like it was in ''Inevitable'' ('the truth is I cry once a month') and ''Whenever, Wherever'' ('the day you leave will cry a river'), which are both earlier songs.
** ''Illegal'' has the verse "Who would've thought/ That you could hurt me/ The way you've done it/ So deliberate so determined". The song is preceded by ''No'', the general message of which (you try translate that coherently) is "I can't believe you could hurt me like that, so cruelly". ''Illegal'' then ends with "I'm starting to believe it should be illegal to deceive a woman's heart." [[CaptainObvious Clearly, she's getting tired of the cheating]].
** Shakira likes to dance in the street, we know this, ''Music/HipsDontLie'' even has the lyrics "baile en la calle". The video for ''Ciega, Sordomuda'' is set up by an event at the beginning, this event being Shakira ''getting arrested for dancing in the street''.
* TheCameo: Music/EnriqueIglesias, Rafael Nadal, Music/LilWayne, Rihanna [[Music/TheFugees Wyclef Jean]], Music/{{Beyonce}}, Alejandro Sanz and Music/CarlosSantana have all featured with her in a song, music video, or both. She was also in ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'' and ''Series/UglyBetty''.
* DanceBattler: In the "Did It Again" video, she and her partner fight in bed capoeira-style.
* DoesNotLikeShoes: In her biography, ''Woman Full of Grace'', she indicates that being barefoot makes her feel like she has removed the facades from her personality and allowed her TrueSelf to shine through.
* DoubleEntendre: "Underneath Your Clothes" to the young ear is about how great the person is inside. To the ear of someone who's been through high school, not so much.
* EvenTheGirlsWantHer: And the gays. [[StupidSexyFlanders Stupid sexy Shakira!]]
* ForbiddenFruit: Featured in the artwork for Oral Fixation Vol. 2.
* FirstNameBasis: If you say Shakira, she is what comes to mind.
* GratuitousDiscoSequence: Used as an excuse to get her dancing into music videos. Props to the one in ''Ciega, Sordomuda'' where the cops somehow discover she's dancing there.
* GenreShift: She Wolf was more EDM then the prior pop music which was more pop then the indie music before.
* GenreRoulette: She does it all.
* HotGypsyWoman: Referenced in her song "Gypsy".
* HotPursuit: In the video for ''Ciega, Sordomuda'' Shakira and friends are arrested for dancing in the street, the police [[PoliceBrutality unafraid of being rough]]. She manages to get out with some guy and there is a chase scene, complete with smashing through CardboardBoxes. The cops never quite catch them and in the end discover that they are robots and then the video ends, leaving the viewer with no knowledge whether Shakira and the this-videos-love-interest's [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext dancing with hoops to a mariachi band in the street then leading the police through streets of blindfolded anybodies to discover they are robots in an abandoned disco]] crimes were ever punished. (The cops could well have been chasing them because first she was and then the pair were both ''blindfolded'', though, and not because they broke out.) Not to mention that it [[BlatantLies blatantly lies about her height]] [[BadLiar (According to the line-up it's 5'9'')]].
* HumbleHero: Shakira is a philanthropist and in 2004 turned down a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
* {{Hypocrite}}: Songs like ''Illegal'', ''Objection'' and ''Don't Bother'' are about how much she doesn't like cheating and deception. However, in the video for ''La Tortura'' she portrays the woman a man is cheating on his partner with and in ''Costume Makes The Clown'' she comes right out and says "It's your turn now/ To cheat on me".
* IWantSong:
** “Quiero”. Obviously.
** The chorus of ''Suerte'' ('Lucky', the Spanish version of ''Whenever, Wherever'') just repeats the fact that she wants to live with this guy for the rest of her life. Changes slightly at the end, saying literally that she's up to her neck for him and she wants him to stay with her. In fact, there's pretty much just ''that line'' identical in both versions.
* InMyLanguageThatSoundsLike: When Borat hosted the MTV Video Music Awards, he at one point giggled when saying Shakira's name. He then explained that "Shakira" is Kazakh for "vagina". (It isn't.) At the end of the show, he tells the audience he will later attempt to "Get into Creator/BrittanyMurphy's 'shakira'."
* IntercourseWithYou: "Las de las Intuicion/Pure Intuition":
---> Let us be one and let's begin / A mistake that turns into perfection / I want to see you sliding in my underworld (underwear?) / This time I plan to let you win / Be a victim of my own invention / Let us be one and let's begin, once and for all/
** "Empire" can be interpreted this way as well.
* KnifeThrowingAct: She appeared standing against a target with knives around her in a photo in the April 2002 issue of ''[=FHM=]'' magazine (UK edition).
* LostInTranslation: Even after she became more used to the English language, there is no denying that the Spanish versions of her songs are usually more poetic and original, and rhyme much better. Compare a direct translation of the song "Lo Hecho está Hecho" ("What has been done has already been done" is the closest translation in meaning)
--> It was that spice in your skin/ Of sulfur mixed with honey /So I filled myself with courage and went for a walk on the wild side
** ...to the corresponding part of the English version of the song "Did It Again",
--> You were like one of those guys / The kind with a wandering eye (Hey!) / But I said, "Hey, what the hell? Once in my life, I'll take a ride on the wild side
* LyricalDissonance: More than one of her songs sounds happy and upbeat. Then you get to read the lyrics...
** ''Ciega, Sordomuda'' possibly sounds the most upbeat of them all; the chorus starts, however, "[Unkempt], blind, deaf-and-dumb,/ clumsy, [worried/ irrational], stubborn,/ it is all that I have been".
** ''Te Dejo Madrid'' is about having to leave someone she loves dearly. ''Si Te Vas'' is the other way round.
** ''Waka Waka'' really is happy, though, whatever language you're listening in.
* MeaningfulEcho:
** In ''Inevitable'' she sings "no entiendo de fútbol" - 'I don't understand football' - as she's confessing at the beginning.
** In ''Don't Bother'' she says near the end "For you, I'd give up all I own, and move to a communist country... ''[[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and learn about football]]''. [[TearJerker If it would make you stay.]]"
** ''Don't Bother'' repeats the line "I promise you won't ever see me cry", going back to previous track ''How Do You Do?'' which included the repetitive lines "Do you ever cry?/ I sometimes cry", the latter of which is ''confessed'' which shows her relationship with God is stronger that she can cry in front of Him; but [[CrisisOfFaith still manages to be question Him]] because [[RageAgainstTheHeavens female anger]].
* MotorMouth: She is quite capable of this, and good luck trying to sing along...
--> [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NmJHH026X0c Estoy aqui,]] quieréndote, ahogándome, [[SomethingSomethingLeonardBernstein entastanalalalala...]]
** That next line? "Un pie por la cara mía esta noche por el día, y qué?" (yes, in the same amount of time)!
** The rap sections in "Ciega, Sordomuda", "La Tortura", etc.
** Also the verses in the Spanish version of "Loca".
* NewSoundAlbum: Shakira switches from her Latin-pop-rock fusion to electropop for ''She Wolf'', a sound hinted at with "Las de las Intuicion/Pure Intuition".
* NeoClassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly: All her music goes throu the genre's.
* NudeColoredClothes: She wears a nude colored outfit in the “She Wolf” video.
* ObsessionSong: If you listen really carefully to the lyrics and block that lovely accent you'll hear that what she's singing can fall into either and in some cases ''both'' of the categories.
** ''Underneath Your Clothes'' is an example of how she can be both passive and aggressive in this: from "I love you more than all that's on the planet" to "There's my territory/ And all the things I deserve" and with "We... belong to each other".
** ''Whenever, Wherever'' and ''Suerte'', despite being supposedly the same song, go in different directions on this one. The former more aggressive and the latter passive with the lyrics "Whenever, Wherever/ We'll learn to be together/ I'll be there and you'll be near/ And that's the deal, my dear" and "With you, my life/ I want to live that life/ And the rest of my life/ I want to live with you" respectively.
** Hinted at in ''Objection'' when she sings at the partner "Every twenty seconds you repeat her name/ But when it comes to me you don't care/ If I'm alive or dead" then "I love you for free and I'm not your mother... I'm falling apart in your hands again/ No way! I've got to get away".
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* OurWerewolvesAreDifferent: "She Wolf".
* PantyShot: The video for “Las De La Intuición” has a lot of this.
** Also some in the video for "La Tortura"
* PaperThinDisguise: She managed to spend an entire summer at UCLA without being recognized by going by her middle name and dressing up in a cap and pants. The fact that it hit the news she had attended ''after'' she was done with the classes proves how effective her disguise was.
* PetitePride: She's small chested and likes it very much.
-->Lucky for my breasts they're small and humble / So you don't confuse them with mountains
** That page image disagrees with the "petite" part, though.
** The first two lines of'' 'Costume Makes The Clown' ''(Told you I felt lucky with my humble breasts / Well I don't) also beg to differ with the 'pride' part.
* PlayingWithFire: On the single cover of ''Hips Don't Lie''; it makes the picture look positively tribal.
* PrettyButterflies: In the music video for ''No''.
* PunchPunchPunchUhOh: Happens to the sleazy ex-boyfriend in the video for "Objection (Tango)".
* RaisedLighterTribute: At the start of the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nYbcVK2jjXc&list=UUGnjeahCJW1AF34HBmQTJ-Q official video]] for ''Inevitable''.
* SelfDeprecation: ''Inevitable'' starts, in short, with "If we're being honest, I'm useless".
** ''Ciega, Sordomuda'' has "[Unkempt], blind, deaf-and-dumb,/ clumsy, [worried/ irrational], stubborn,/ it is all that I have been".
** [[http://desmotivaciones.es/4481716/Bruta-ciega-sordomuda This]] pretty much sums up the masochistic titles.
* ShesGotLegs: Has hips and legs to die for and is not afraid to show them.
* ShoutOut: to ''Film/JamesBond'' in ''Spy''.
* SelfTitledAlbum: Her 2014 english release.
* SingerNamedrop: In true Wyclef style, he manages to repeat "Shakira, Shakira," far too many times to count, ''and'' still get "Music/TheFugees" into 'Hips Don't Lie', as well as both his home country (Haiti), Shakira's (Colombia) ''and'' her birthplace (Barranquilla).
** The start of "Beautiful Liar" goes: "B-{{Beyonce}}, Beyonce / S-Shakira, Shakira."
* SpicyLatina: She holds this image, particularly since the ''Oral Fixation'' albums.
* ThreeMinutesOfWrithing: Shakira is particularly famous for shaking her hips.
** Shakira was originally an alt-rock singer more akin to Alanis. Then she began shaking her hips, dyed her hair blonde, and became Latin-Britney.
** She's a trained belly dancer, which explains the ass shaking in [[strike: some of]] her videos. Doesn't really excuse [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dsp_8Lm1eSk smearing herself with oil]] while writhing, though.
** Possibly the only person in history to dance with Music/{{Beyonce}} (in the video for their duet "Beautiful Liar") and ''not'' get upstaged.
* Title1: ''Fijación Oral Vol. 1.''
* TranslatedCoverVersion: She has done this in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.
* ZettaiRyouiki: In the video for her song "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nU_jy-Uk41I Las de la Intuición]]."
[[spoiler: Of course, all of the information presented above, is for the benefit of [[{{Masquerade}} us normal]] {{Muggle}} humans. In reality, Shakira is the alternate persona of a [[WizardsOfWaverlyPlace wizard,]] named [[BrainBleach Uncle]] [[FetishRetardant Kelbo!]]]]