In the Top 10 of international artists who have managed to take the Spanish language to the top, there is no doubt Shakira. Who doesn’t remember a very young ‘Shak’ triumphing with songs like I’m here either Bare Feet, White Dreams? 408 awards later, the Colombian has become one of the most respected artists in the world. After three decades in the music industry, the physical and professional change has been very noticeable.
Born in Barranquilla in 1977, Shakira Isabel Mebarak rose to stardom early. Her professional career took off in the 90s, however, the young Colombian began writing songs as a child, so she soon stood out for her ability to sing, compose and dance. Her dream was to be an artist, and that’s why she entered the contest when she was 11 years old. Looking for children’s artistfrom Telecaribe that won up to three times.
His official debut in the industry would soon arrive. Magic Y Dangerwere his first albums, but his musical career took off in 1996, with Barefoot, his first studio album. At that time, Shakira was young, she was 19 years old. Unlike what she has accustomed us to in recent years, she wore straight, long, dark hair, which she would later adorn with reddish streaks.
In 1999, Shakira recorded Shakira MTV Unplugged, an acoustic edition that made her the first Latin artist to sing in Spanish on US MTV. A harbinger of the 3 Grammys that would come in a while. Said album was released in 2000, and during that stage, the artist wore a lush straightened hair with fuchsia and red streaks, as well as with the roots in her natural tone. By that time ‘Shak’ was already an icon in music in Spanish and she was beginning to make herself known worldwide. She was known for her laid-back, rebellious looks, wearing ripped jeans, leather garments, and countless accessories. Something practically unthinkable today.
It was in the year 2001, from his album Laundry service, when Shakira’s image took a radical turn. We saw her with her natural black hair and with her hair dyed red and pink, but she finally opted for what is already her characteristic curly blonde hair, which has been changing style over the years. years. This change coincided with her success in English-speaking countries, which is why the artist began recording songs in this language, such as whenever, wherever either Back in black.
From then on, ‘Shak’ began to follow a clothing style that has been baptized as gypsy-popmuch more colorful and with hippie tops, long skirts and accessories that fit perfectly with the type of dances that the singer presented in her performances, making use of her knowledge of belly dancing.
In 2005, with the publication of Oral fixation, volumes 1 and 2, the artist continued in the blonde line, but this time in gold, and discreet bangs. In addition, she began to wear subtle waves, which would later give way to the beautiful and intense curls that characterize her. At this time great themes such as Torturewith Alejandro Sanz, or those of intuition, that launched her to stardom by winning the Grammy for Best Latin/Alternative Rock Album.
In 2010, the singer returned to her rock style, with dark, metallic garments and shadows. Her hair did not abandon the blonde, although she left aside the waves to return to a straighter hair and side root braids. Her music underwent a radical change with songs like Rabid either Crazy. For the video clip Rabideven returned to dark hair, this time short and with bangs, a most empowering look for a very sensual song with Latin features.
In 2010 came a turning point in his life. The Colombian singer was in charge of composing the anthem for the World Cup in South Africa, hers famous waka waka, a song that was number 1 in 50 countries and sold more than 15 million copies worldwide. But ‘Shak’ not only triumphed professionally, but also personally. The artist had just broken up with her partner, Antonio de la Rúa, with whom she had a turbulent relationship for more than a decade. At the World Cup she met Gerard Pique, who would become the father of her two children, Milan, born in 2013, and Sasha, in 2015.
After her stellar appearance at the World Cup in South Africa, in 2011 the singer decided to cut her hair above her shoulders. Her hairstyle was asymmetrical, longer on the sides than in the back. A choice that surprised all her followers, who could not believe that she had left her long, wavy hair behind.
Shortly after, Shakira returned to her mythical style gypsy-pop and took out her curls to show off, this time much blonder and more voluminous. From then on, the singer began to make collaborations with other artists of Latin stature, with whom she launched great hits. Some examples are the bikewith Carlos Vives, Blackmail with Maluma.
Since then, her look has remained static, and it surprises many how young the singer still looks at 45 years old. Shakira today maintains her long curly hair. She could thus be seen in one of her last great performances, the Half Time Show of the superbowl of 2020, where she was the protagonist along with Jennifer López, managing to become one of the most acclaimed performances in the history of the contest.
At the end of April 2022, the singer released music again after a while without new songs, and she did it in a collaboration with Rauw Alejandro, called Congratulations. Now the singer is back in the news after breaking her relationship with Gerard Piqué, the renowned defender of Futbol Club Barcelona, with whom she has two children. The couple put an end to their relationship after more than a decade together, which has been a great surprise for the Spanish public, since they had become one of the most beloved and consolidated couples in the country.
We will have to wait to find out if this break will come loaded with inspiration and new themes from the Colombian, or if, on the contrary, we will see new outfits after a last decade of few changes in her physique.
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This is how Shakira has changed: From ‘Barefoot Feet’ to her breakup with Gerard Piqué