YMMV: Shakira

  • Best Known for the Fanservice: Her most famous lyric is surely the one about having "small and humble" breasts.
  • Covered Up: Hips Don't Lie is a cover of Dance Like This by Wyclef Jean and Claudette Ortiz, with virtually the same instrumental, but with new vocals from Jean and Shakira. It was inevitable this would happen since Dance Like This was only recorded for the Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights soundtrack in 2004 and was never a single. Jean and Shakira both wrote additional lyrics for the song, and contributed to its hit potential, raising both their profiles in the process.
  • Crazy Awesome: Loca ('crazy [girl]') pretty much sums this up. She even does that anime thing.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: For some of her Latin American fans, ¿Dónde Están los Ladrones? was Shakira's last work.
    • Even some of her English-speaking fans prefer to think of her solely as an incredible Colombian artist, denying the existence of Laundry Service (citing the narmy lyrics resulting from bizarre forced-rhyme), and question the peroxide job in her foray into the English language market.
    • Her first two albums "Magia" and "Peligro", made when she was 13 and 15 respectively, are ignored by both Shakira and many fans. Her young age and lack of creative freedom (despite writing many of the songs), are why they were taken out of print.
  • Freud Was Right: The video for "She Wolf" features her going into her closet, to enter some sort of... pink, slightly-fleshy looking tunnel-like room, which she then dances around in. Subtle.
  • Memetic Mutation: I never really knew that she could dance like this/ She makes a man want to speak Spanish/ Como se llama, bonita, mi casa, su casa...
  • Narm: "She-Wolf". While many critics gave high-scored reviews to the song, they still consider the howl goofy. And the lyrics are too weird for their own good.
    • Narm Charm: Oh, come on. That howl was so goddamn cute.
    • Yes, but given the dubious nature of some of the lyrics in "Whenever, Wherever," it's hardly surprising that she's stuck to a theme. Seriously?
      "Lucky that my lips not only mumble
      They spill kisses like a fountain
      Lucky that my breasts are small and humble
      So you don't confuse them with mountains"
      • "Underneath Your Clothes" has very awkward lyrics. It is likely that the purpose of the song was to continue the "clumsy, eccentric yet sexy foreigner" image she got from "Whenever Wherever". Unusually, there is not a Spanish version of this song.
      • "Ojos Asi" and "Eyes Like Yours." Cool songs, but the lyrics are just strange.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Apparently her body movements & flexibility in the video for "She Wolf" is this for some people.
    • Those were almost as bad as those on the clip for "La Tortura", which not only feature the biggest Fan Disservice on her career (chest shouldn't move that way! Also, what with all those grease?), but also has a duet with Spanish singer Alejandro Sanz in his ugliest.
    • And then there's her guest appearance on the Disney Channel Kid Com Wizards of Waverly Place. In this episode it was revealed that Shakira... is really a fat, balding middle-aged male wizard who's been using magic to fake being an international pop sensation and sex symbol. Who thought this was a good idea?
  • Sampled Up: "Hips Don't Lie" from Jerry Rivera's "Amores como el nuestro". They're different genres and markets, so most people not knowing the original may be due to that.
    • Said song is actually a remake of a Wyclef Jean song called "Dance Like This", which sampled "Amores como el nuestro".
    • Also, "Waka Waka" of African song "Zangelewa" ('Golden Sounds', in Fang language).
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: Her sadly largely forgotten by now songs "Timor" and "How Do You Do" address seriously issues, like the utter hypocrisy in western treatment of the Third World Countries and the need for intellectual examination of faith respectively.
  • Unnecessary Makeover: A lot of people on both sides of the language barrier asked, "Was the blonde necessary?"