10 Things You Didn’t Know About Shakira!

Shakira was a well-established singer in Latin America before she made it big in North America. Since she made her debut in the English language market back in 2001, she has only become more and more successful. Since the Latin songstress is celebrating her birthday, here is a list of 10 things you didn’t know about Shakira!

10. Multilingual

She is a native Spanish speaker who speaks English and Portuguese, as well as some Italian, French, Catalan and Arabic.

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9. Social Activist

The “Hips Don’t Lie” songstress is a social activist. She has founded two non-profit organizations, the Pies Descalzos Foundation and LAS Foundation, which are dedicated to providing education and nutrition to poor and impoverished children.  She is also a UNICEF ambassador, as well as one of their global representatives and she is also a member of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics.

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8. Charity

Her charity Pies Descalzos Foundation has funded the opening of eight schools in total. The newest school in Cartagena will serve over 1,700 students on a daily basis, offering daycare options for children of preschool age, through a complete high school education.

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7. High IQ

Shakira is one smart cookie – she is reported to have an IQ of 140. This makes her a genius!

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6. Favorite Actor and Singer

The“Can’t Remember to Forget You” singer’s favorite actor is Hugh Grant and her biggest musical influence is John Lennon.

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5. Tragedy

When she was only two-years-old, her half-brother died in a motorcycle accident. He had been hit by a drunk driver while he was riding his motorcycle.

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4. Belly Dancer Girl

The “She Wolf” singer’s Lebanese grandmother taught her how to belly dance when she was a child. She earned the nickname “the belly dancer girl” when she was a child because she would come to school every Friday and show her classmates what she had learned.

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3. Ancestry

Her mother is of Spanish and Italian descent and her father is of Lebanese descent.

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2. Interest in History

The former “Voice” judge is interested in history and frequently studies the history and languages of the countries she visits.

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1. Perfect Pitch

She has perfect pitch, which means that she can recognize any note upon hearing it or sing any note without hearing it.

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Cate has a B.A. and an M.A. in English Literature and has been the Managing Editor of Fame10 for more than 6 years. Despite having a love for the works of Thomas Hardy, Leo Tolstoy and Lord Byron, she also has an intense fascination with pop culture. When she isn’t writing for Fame10, she’s planning her next big adventure in Southeast Asia.