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Monday's Connector of the Day – Shakira

December 3rd, 2009
05:25 PM ET

Shakira is the highest-selling Colombian artist of all time, having sold more than 50 million albums worldwide.

Famous for her hit record ‘Hips Don’t Lie’, (a collaboration with Wyclef Jean) –it was the most-played pop song in a single week in American radio history, with 9,637 broadcasts.

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/12/03/shakira.art.jpg caption="Shakira's famous dance moves help raise awareness for children's charities"]

Growing up in Barranquilla, on the Colombian Caribbean coast, when she was eight years old, Shakira's father declared bankruptcy. Losing most of their possessions, the young Shakira thought the world had ended, until her father took her to a local park where she witnessed the sight of orphans living there, taking drugs and sniffing glue.

At that moment Shakira made a vow to herself that one day she would become a famous artist and help these kids.

Like her hips, she didn’t lie: she became a stratospheric hit worldwide – acording to Forbes Magazine, the 4th highest-earning woman in music for 2008 – and she did not forget her promise to the children.

At just 18 years old, she founded The Pies Descalzos Foundation – named after her 3rd album – which helps deprived children get access to good education. Their work is based close to Shakira’s birthplace. Otherwise known as the the Barefoot Foundation – the charity is named after her distinctive belly dancing stance.

Not stopping there, as UNICEF Goodwill ambassador, Shakira has taken her humanitarian work worldwide.

A belly-dancing Latin bombshell, and philanthropist raising millions for children’s charities – Shakira is our connector of the day.

Send your questions for Shakira and we’ll put the best of them to her on Monday’s show.

soundoff (114 Responses)
  1. oluwakemi

    How have u been coping with musical industry

    December 4, 2009 at 5:09 am | Reply
  2. Linda

    What about sexual health education among these children?

    December 5, 2009 at 3:00 am | Reply
  3. Ryan

    1. Rolling Stones or Beetles?

    2. What music is in your ipod?

    December 5, 2009 at 3:39 am | Reply
  4. Juan

    Pies descalzos means Barefoot, them the Pies Descalzos foundation and the Barefoot foundation are the same. The way the article is written made they look to be different foundations.

    December 5, 2009 at 4:49 am | Reply
  5. Hassan

    I salute this great women.She must be having a very big heart. God bless her.

    December 5, 2009 at 5:54 am | Reply
  6. Yonyon

    Since u had that kind of misery past (bankrupcy), did you ever get lost (doing bad behavior)? How did you pull through?

    December 5, 2009 at 6:25 am | Reply
  7. Paul

    what is your plan to help other less fortunate children who do not necessarily come from your birth place ( Colombia) i.e. from Africa where ther are many children who suffer a lot? What criteria do you follow in determining the children who benefit from your charity? Thank you and god bless you.

    December 5, 2009 at 6:33 am | Reply
  8. Stephan Rabimov

    Your popularity is enourmous across Latin America, why do you choose to sing in English? How important do you find USA market for an international music career?

    December 5, 2009 at 7:12 am | Reply
  9. DINA HANANIA

    I admire your achievements and I love your voice. To my knowledge, you have Lebanese roots; so, if a Lebanese needs your help, would you be willing to provide it? I would appreciate receiving your reply by e-mail. God bless you.

    December 5, 2009 at 7:33 am | Reply
  10. Peter King

    Will you go on like the Rolling Stones until you are a grandma, or do you see a graceful exit followed by a life helping street children after your music career?

    December 5, 2009 at 8:10 am | Reply
  11. Jack in Switzerland

    Wow. Great article. I always liked her rhythm and, yes, looks, and knew she was quite philanthropic, but now I see how deep it goes. Right on, Shakira!

    December 5, 2009 at 8:50 am | Reply
  12. Thomas Demerath

    What can educators do connect our students to charities like yours?

    December 5, 2009 at 9:03 am | Reply
  13. Adam

    How do you feel your style has changed since Hips Don't Lie, and now with She Wolf?

    December 5, 2009 at 9:04 am | Reply
  14. Jay

    Well done baby !

    I cant explain How happy am I for your goodwill gestures for the most deserved ones.

    You really an ambassador.

    Keep it up and god bless you !

    Best Regards.

    Jay
    from Srilanka

    December 5, 2009 at 9:23 am | Reply
  15. Karim from Lebanon

    Hi Shakira,

    Do you consider yourself Lebanese?

    Thank you,

    Karim

    December 5, 2009 at 9:23 am | Reply
  16. Sam Ioannidis

    Dear Shakira, I love your voice, your music, your efforts to help children, and I love your country. How do you see the future of Colombia? Do you think one day visitors could roam throughout the country without fear? Do you see an improvement in the standard of living of children living in poverty?

    December 5, 2009 at 10:21 am | Reply
  17. Hani

    Being an Arab, I'm interested in knowing if its true, are you half Lebanese?

    December 5, 2009 at 11:12 am | Reply
  18. FATAH SANTOSA

    A real gigantic super-star. Beautiful. Sexy. Extremely talented.

    December 5, 2009 at 11:25 am | Reply
  19. chief

    We all like her so much. The way she sings, she dance everything. But it's not the matter of race or nationality and we also like what she is doing currently like her foundation. So shakira keep it up on what u r doing. I hope that you will have the chance to visit Ethiopia too. Bless you.

    December 5, 2009 at 11:41 am | Reply
  20. Mohammed

    What is the first thing you think of when you wake up in the morning?

    December 5, 2009 at 11:43 am | Reply
  21. Tony and Sandra

    Shakira,
    I am an American living in Bucaramanga Colombia. I understand that you have taken up golf. My wife and I have a Foundation to bring golf and its values to kids and families in what otherwise is considered an elitist sport. Following health, education and nutrition, do you think breaking social barriers through sport can play a positive role in the lives of young Colombians?

    P.S. It's no secret that you are very much loved down here.

    December 5, 2009 at 12:00 pm | Reply
  22. Bennett

    What would you say is the 1-2 biggest differences between your public persona versus "you" in your private life?

    December 5, 2009 at 12:21 pm | Reply
  23. L'Hoeste

    As an important role model for Latin American women, what are your views on abortion in Latin America?

    December 5, 2009 at 1:46 pm | Reply
  24. T.S.Chandra Shekar

    In my 49 years, I have not appreciated / commented any singer, however I take this opportunity and say that hats off to you Shakira, your good work will help the poor orphans, but my advise is do not prolong any more in marrying yourself with your boyfriend , your four year love should end in marriage very soon, please do not wear transparent attire / costume , this will not only hurt your boyfriend, it also hurts me, you have earned enough name and fame worldwide , there is no need for you now to wear transparent clothes, for god sake, for the sake of your boy friend please do consider .

    December 5, 2009 at 2:05 pm | Reply
  25. GG

    Shakira, you are beautiful and a wonderful person.
    What is the name Shakira derived from?
    Does it mean shake up the world with dance & love?
    You are truly a different kind of bombshell.
    May God bless these children. Very sad.

    December 5, 2009 at 2:29 pm | Reply
  26. Alvaro Pinedo

    Shakira is a real ambassador of our Colombian Country. Thank you for helping educational programs for children no only in Colombia but also in Latin American.
    God bless you and your family

    December 5, 2009 at 3:28 pm | Reply
  27. Alebiowu Jones

    Do you wish to have children? How many?

    December 5, 2009 at 4:28 pm | Reply
  28. Alberto Galdós

    As a previous blogger wrote, Pies Descalzados means Barefoot. The Foundation's name is a metaphor used to describe the deprived children it represents. The article is misleading when it says that the Barefoot Foundation was named after her "distinctive belly dancing stance".

    December 5, 2009 at 4:38 pm | Reply
  29. Marcus

    Shakira, there really is more to you than meets the eye. It appears that you are as beautiful on the inside as you are on the outside. Keep up the good work. If I am honest I haven´t bought any of your albums to date, but have listened to your music on the music channels, and am very impressed, but from here on out I think its safe for you to assume that you have a new fan that will buy all of your music, and help support your causes through my companies as well. Just need to know where to go to do that...
    p.s.
    as for what Chandra said, do what feels right for you, its none of our business what you do in your personal life anyway...

    December 5, 2009 at 4:53 pm | Reply
  30. Arshit anand

    Hey Shakira....when is ur next album coming.....and do you plan some more future contribution to the needy ones...especially to those living below poverty line....i mean in African Nations?

    December 5, 2009 at 5:13 pm | Reply
  31. George English

    Dear Shakira, I love you and your musik, where in Spanish or English, I hope and wish your success continues for many years... and i wish that you will always be such a decent, beautiful woman with a soft, kind and caring heart... may God Bless your life with joy and peace within....

    December 5, 2009 at 5:49 pm | Reply
  32. Kathleen

    I live and work with the urban poor in Bogota. This is a country where girls are taught to relate sexually to men from a very early age, much of the damage they suffer in this culture comes from early (11 and 12 years old) sexual involvement with young and older men who have no intentions of caring for them or providing for the children they produce. These young women have been abandoned by their fathers (child support here is only about US$40 a month, no one pays it anyway) and will spend the rest of their lives looking for attention and affection. Shakira would do us all a favor if she would leave off promoting herself as a one-dimensional, over sexed, highly flirtatious young woman. She is the kind of role model who perpetuates machismo.

    December 5, 2009 at 6:28 pm | Reply
  33. bizzy

    wasup can u make one more tour to east african countries

    December 5, 2009 at 7:21 pm | Reply
  34. Romesh

    Shakira
    When can we see you in Sri Lanka ? Those hips dont lie FOR SURE !!!

    December 5, 2009 at 7:51 pm | Reply
  35. David

    what is the most memorable moment in your life?

    December 5, 2009 at 7:54 pm | Reply
  36. aimal

    i wish every woman was lovely like you x x x

    December 5, 2009 at 8:13 pm | Reply
  37. israeli baneshama

    I heard different quotes about the way you react to Israelis:
    a. Do you hate us and would raher : " preform in front of a pig than an Israeli" or are you okay with us?
    b. As a goodwill ambassador will you discriminate our country and go against it or treat us fairly?

    December 5, 2009 at 8:18 pm | Reply
  38. Rafael KM (Brazil)

    Good evening Miss Shakira, it's a bit hard, but could you explain how are the feelings, sensations and thoughts that keeps you going on thw road to become more famous and powerful to help all these people!?

    December 5, 2009 at 8:23 pm | Reply
  39. Oteng Lamola

    Do you encourage other artists to look at Africa with a deserving eye?.,

    December 5, 2009 at 9:25 pm | Reply
  40. Barry, B

    You have done great, there are millions of men and women in a better position than you, but altogether they have not done half of your goods. Keep it up and God bless.

    December 5, 2009 at 10:14 pm | Reply
  41. Linda Emmen

    Hi shakira, i like the humanitarian activites you are doing in latin Amerian. It is good to see celebrities like you helping the society where you grew up from instead sending excess money on buying expensive clothes. I hope you will visit Nigeria! Chidinma from Nigeria.

    December 5, 2009 at 10:48 pm | Reply
  42. Linda Emmen

    Hi shakira, i like the humanitarian activites you are doing in latin Amerian. It is good to see celebrities like you helping the society where you grew up from instead sending excess money on buying expensive clothes.African is always on the news when it comes to seeing poor children on the streets.It is good to findout that poor chidren are also on the streets of Columbia and Latin America. I hope you will visit Nigeria! Chidinma from Nigeria.

    December 5, 2009 at 10:59 pm | Reply
  43. Linda Emmen

    Hi shakira, i like the humanitarian activites you are doing in latin Amerian. It is good to see celebrities like you helping the society where you grew up from. African is always on the news when it comes to seeing poor children on the streets.It is good to findout that poor chidren are also on the streets of Columbia and Latin America. I hope you will visit Nigeria! Chidinma from Nigeria.

    December 5, 2009 at 11:01 pm | Reply
  44. Patrick

    Hi Shakira,
    How can I help in your development work?
    I don't have money, but I got very nice collection of skills and values, and some time to spend....
    Patrick

    December 5, 2009 at 11:39 pm | Reply
  45. Gigio Wifi

    Shakira.
    We appreciate (in Mexico) all what you are and mean to the world.
    Please take a look of what can be done for the Children with Cancer.
    There are simple steps that can make a huge difference for the sick ones.
    I hope you are interested on this matter.
    Let us know.

    December 6, 2009 at 12:05 am | Reply
  46. Alejandro Salgado

    1. Are you sure that your hips don't lie?

    2. Do you have your barefoot yet?

    3. I loved you, when you was younger, now, I like you. whatever: would you marry with me?

    December 6, 2009 at 1:01 am | Reply
  47. Tom Friel

    Hello Shakira.

    My question is below but here is an introduction.

    I am 55 years old, and in 1996 we hosted a student from Medellin (who is now doing very well in Canada). Her downstairs neighbor's family was lost to the narcoterrorism of that time, but she introduced us to YOU and we have been completely astounded at your accomplishments and philanthropy ever since. We believe we are very unusual Americans with a very good understanding of the homeless children in Bogota and the poor neighborhoods in the northern hillsides of Medellin. To us, you are a true hero.

    Rather than focus on the past or now, please imagine yourself 10 years from now and tell us what you see.

    All we hope is that you are personally happy and that you achieve what you want, because that obviously includes the children of your country. We hope you are the face of UNICEF like Audrey Hepburn was to be, before her untimely passing.

    Very best to you!
    –tom

    December 6, 2009 at 1:29 am | Reply
  48. Rosa

    Will you ever dye your hair back to black?

    December 6, 2009 at 2:24 am | Reply
  49. abdulkadir shehu

    your name shakira sounds arabic, do you have arabian ancestry?

    December 6, 2009 at 3:14 am | Reply
  50. Akiranika

    The way this article is written, it sounds like you work for charitable purposes. I'm curious, of all the money your enterprise(s) take in, what is the percentage that goes to your charitable efforts compared to your personal income?

    December 6, 2009 at 3:30 am | Reply
  51. Richard

    You have collaborated with many people over the years. Who has been the most exciting to work with? Also, do you plan to do anything with Gustavo Cerati anytime soon?

    December 6, 2009 at 3:55 am | Reply
  52. John

    Shakira,
    Just like previous entries, will you help others besides poor Columbians? What about Africa? If you are part Lebanese, what about Lebanon? Or Russia? Or Inner Mongolia? How about Iceland? People, give it up! Shakira has money and clout, but even Bill Gates can't help everyone. If Shakira decides to help only poor kids from Barranquilla, so be it. As far as I know, she is human, which means she eats food, breathes air, and has limits like everyone else. Bless you for whatever help you provide.

    December 6, 2009 at 4:04 am | Reply
  53. Tida

    The world need people like who can help who can help and changing people life. what you are doing right now is to fulfill other peoples dreams and I wish I can be like that one day

    December 6, 2009 at 4:13 am | Reply
  54. Oluwafemi

    Hello shakira,most famous women artists are vagrants they don't usually have family life(having husband and children) but I don't want to extrapolate,what about you?

    December 6, 2009 at 5:38 am | Reply
  55. Saeid

    Hi, Shakira, Love your voice! You will be amazed if you found out how many fans you have in Afghanistan.

    December 6, 2009 at 8:05 am | Reply
  56. Yvie

    Singing:"" Shakira, Shakira"".....
    Thanks for returning so, so much to the world our children are living in.... great example you are!!

    December 6, 2009 at 8:06 am | Reply
  57. Reginald Boulos

    Shakira,

    Your biggest hit was written together with Wyclef Jean from Haiti. As you have done in Colombia, would you be willing to help the poor children from Cite Soleil, Haiti, the poorest slum of the western hemisphere. They also need education and health.

    December 6, 2009 at 9:31 am | Reply
  58. Zach in a prism

    If you never thought of being a performer, or weren't successful, what would you be doing now?

    December 6, 2009 at 9:39 am | Reply
  59. Idrys Adebowale

    Are you laying emphacies on sex education

    December 6, 2009 at 10:25 am | Reply
  60. kim smith

    SHAKIRA, WE ARE AWARE ON YOUR SERVICE TO VOLUNTEERISM.
    WE ARE PROPOSING A SHOW OF PEACE IN COTE 'D IVOIRE THAT WILL TAKE US TO 5 REGIONS OF THE COUNTRY TO ENLIGHTING THE POPULACE ON AIDS PROGRAM, UNIVERSAL ADULT SULFRAGE PROGRAMS ETC.....
    WE NEED REPLY TO START ARRANGEMENT WORTH CHARITY DONS 2.8 MILLIONS STARS USD .CONVERSION IN FCFA.

    THANKS , LANTRADE PARTNERS /UN VOLUNTEER CONSULATANT AND I.REPORT MEMBER.

    KIM SMITH MALIKI

    December 6, 2009 at 7:03 pm | Reply
  61. kim smith

    THANK YOU FOR THE INFORMATIONS ON MODERATIONS ,WELL DIRECTED .GOOD NEWS AWAIT ALL.

    December 6, 2009 at 7:05 pm | Reply
  62. Chris Tan

    how long d u practice per day?

    December 7, 2009 at 1:18 am | Reply
  63. Rami

    Do you consider yourself Lebanese?

    December 7, 2009 at 1:19 am | Reply
  64. Sh

    La felicito por su labor con los niños y niñas.

    Dicho con todo respeto, no le parece que la globalización de su música ha acarreado que bajara la calidad de la misma? Se lo digo como admiradora desde sus primeros discos tan cercanos, tan provocadores...

    Sería agradable algún album con ese estilo, aunque sea solo para América Latina.

    December 7, 2009 at 1:28 am | Reply
  65. Jack

    Hello Shakira,

    I think you're very amazing person in this Earth. You have a wonderful voice and your heart. I think you have a good oppourinty to helping for poor children. Im proud that you're from Colombian and I know you can do it. I would like to see you to voice to the world that Colombia is very beautiful country and they should see Colombia. Colombia have alot beautiful history and everywhere. God blessing you!

    December 7, 2009 at 3:16 am | Reply
  66. ECHES HENRY

    Shakira i need u in my life, pls be my wife. My mobil number +2348068027701.

    December 7, 2009 at 4:54 am | Reply
  67. Ozgur Zeren

    Shakira,

    I appreciate what you have done for the children. Keep up the good work !

    December 7, 2009 at 6:09 am | Reply
  68. Collin

    I love you a lot, because your lovely isn't skin-deep.Therefor, you broaden your kind-heart to universal who need the help.

    December 7, 2009 at 6:59 am | Reply
  69. jane

    YES, how inspiring, keep on shakin' you're going in the right direction.
    Jane

    December 7, 2009 at 7:23 am | Reply
  70. Colombian in France

    Colombia is a country with ongoing war for many decades, some children in the country don't have other options than joining the paramilitary forces or are brain-washed to fight for them.

    What do you think is the solution for this situation and how do you contribute to avoid this?

    December 7, 2009 at 7:34 am | Reply
  71. Betty

    from the first time I listened to her song i have come to love her and i still do . keep up the good work cos it's the best ever.

    December 7, 2009 at 7:50 am | Reply
  72. Maibam Louremba Meetei

    Hi Shakira

    You desrve to be the UNICEF Goodwill ambassador – because of the sad childhood story of yours and the determination and achinevements you made but RETURNING THOSE VALUABLE THINGS WHAT YOU HAVE BEEN GIVEN IN LIFE to those needy childrens!!

    GOOD LUCK SHAKIRA AND KEEP SHAKING THE WUSIC LOVERS AND YOUR GREAT FANS LIKE ME!!

    December 7, 2009 at 8:28 am | Reply
  73. Sophadara

    Hi Shakira,

    I am about 29 years old from Cambodia. And I am a fan of you, I like the way you dance and your natural body and beauty. I really appreciated with what you have done withe the kids and your foundation.

    Hopefully, you will maintain your shape and rock the world with your music and keep up your good work with the kids. I wish I could do more to help the poor kids.

    Please take care, and I am very proud of you:)))))))

    December 7, 2009 at 9:17 am | Reply
  74. ELLI RASCH

    Hi Shakira,
    You have never forgotten your roots. Gods had a purpose and plan for your life long before you knew it.Your love and generosity touches many lives as much as you beautiful music. May you have a wonderful married life and
    raise many Shakiras........Your Fan.....

    December 7, 2009 at 9:31 am | Reply
  75. Alejandro Rovira

    Hola Shakira,

    I am from Uruguay and work for the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Rome. As you may know, WFP does a great amount of work for hungry children world-wide.

    Good luck with your role as Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF.

    Saludos,
    Alejandro

    December 7, 2009 at 10:23 am | Reply
  76. Francis selorm

    hi Shakira am a big fun of u and i just want to ask how u do that sexy moves in music

    December 7, 2009 at 10:57 am | Reply
  77. John Andri

    please come to Indonesia

    December 7, 2009 at 11:41 am | Reply
  78. George Rizopulos

    God bless you Shakira for your work with the children.
    My wife is Colombian and at her 30th birthday she asked all the guest not to bring gifts, but to donate money to the Pies Descalzos foundation instead. I urge everyone to do the same. The greatest gift is to help others in need.

    December 7, 2009 at 12:04 pm | Reply
  79. ye

    When I first look at the dance routine, I was amazed to see the beauty and talent of Shakira. Now you are the one who is helping millions of poor childrens using your influence. It is your golden touch and keep up with this good job. All of us envy your dance and certainly your good work of kindness.

    December 7, 2009 at 12:18 pm | Reply
  80. Raj

    What inspired you to come in the singing and what you name your special style of dancing?

    December 7, 2009 at 12:25 pm | Reply
  81. Andrew Wilson

    You were selected as a Young Global Leader for the World Economic Forum two years ago, but declined to accept participation. How might participation in this group allow you to connect better to find other global best practices and economies of scale to acellerate the impact of your programs? How might this affinity group help you discover your own blind spots and inspire you to new heights? Further, how might your participation at the World Economic Forum in Davos bring greater awareness and support for your endeavors?

    December 7, 2009 at 12:27 pm | Reply
  82. Eissa

    Q: Do you think it's important for people to connect through language? You've inspired me to learn Spanish.

    December 7, 2009 at 12:40 pm | Reply
  83. Flora

    Many children dream of becoming a famous artist (or a famous something else),, and some manage to fulfill this dream. When you were a child and wished – or decided – that you would become a famous singer, what did you actually tell yourself throughout the years in order to find the inspiration to follow your dream, and eventually fulfill this goal?

    December 7, 2009 at 1:03 pm | Reply
  84. Deborah Garrick

    Thank you for your wonderful work with your Barefoot Foundation! My question is, now that Hugo Chavez, has accused Colombia, for allowing possible U.S. military sites in Colombia, and Presidente Chavez obvious dislike of the situation, does that impede your work, in Colombia.? And, if so, what would you perfer to see in the new emerging Anti- U.S. sentiments in America Latina? Personally, after growing up in America Central, from 1959-1972, as the daughter of a WHO specialist in communicable diseases, it was my belief, that the constant "changing of the guard", from oligarical states, and dictatorships, to the abrubt swing to socialism, which is obviously better then the latter, has left the poor in a quandry, obviously still manipulated by both sides, to make a choice, or else!
    Thank you, and Congratulations on all your Humanitarian work, with the accompaning beauty of your music. Thank you, Deborah Garrick

    December 7, 2009 at 1:24 pm | Reply
  85. Thayib

    It's very kind of you to dedicate yourself to such a cause. The world lacks people like you helping and giving a bit of themselves without expecting to get anything in return, only wanting to ease children lives across the world.
    Only one of your famous Colgate smile would suffice to warm up the heart of thousands… wondering you might also be a solution against global warming :-). Thank you Shakira.

    December 7, 2009 at 1:25 pm | Reply
  86. Kathleen Ismail

    I am so very proud of you! Too many successful people forget that there is a world out there in need. For those of us who are bless with much, giving back is a wonderful way to fill your heart while helping others to reach their potential.
    I don't need to listen to your music to know your heart and it is big and full.
    Bless you and I wish you continued success.

    December 7, 2009 at 1:34 pm | Reply
  87. Soroya Tute

    what is the greatest inspiration you have received from working with these kids who are mere little 'angels'

    December 7, 2009 at 1:35 pm | Reply
  88. Gregory C

    Hello Shakira,

    Although I do not listen to your music, I appreciate that you are willing to use your celebrity status for improving the lives of children in your country and around the world simultaneously. Does this work include the abuses of militaries using Child Soldiers? Please consider this if it is not already being addressed. Thank you for your giving back to your community and the world.

    December 7, 2009 at 1:59 pm | Reply
  89. Nancy

    I think I got to know you after all this years of being a number one fan of yours, I belive your music is an open book of who you are, but this last album seems to me very different and far away from your own and unique style. From the music to your look and music videos you're getting close and close to the typical "Blonde American pop star". Two questions;
    1- Are you changing your style to fit better within the American market?
    2-If so why? if your very unique style is what get you where you're in the first place.

    Love you Shaki, you're the best Colombian image we have and I thank you for that,

    Una Paisana.

    December 7, 2009 at 3:00 pm | Reply
  90. Dora

    Why did you attended a History of Western Civilization class in UCLA ?

    December 7, 2009 at 3:17 pm | Reply
  91. Joseph Korumba

    Shakira is a great lady ever lived,very charitable and philanthropic.
    We need more shakiras for asustaineable world where all the inhabitants,poor or rich are proud of their current stutas.Long live shakira.....we all love/adore you and your legacies are worth remembering.

    December 7, 2009 at 3:47 pm | Reply
  92. MARCELA

    BARRANQUILLA IS LIKE YOU...REALLY BEAUTIFULL!!!!

    December 7, 2009 at 4:16 pm | Reply
  93. dindin

    hi shakira i wanna tell you that after reading this i loved you more than before and i really appreciate and respect you even more. not many people keep their promises after gaining fame and money. i wanna know what do you think of israel and the conflicts in the middle east and i ask you to pay attention to the children in africa and the middle east who also need help.finally you are an amazing person keep the good work up:)

    December 7, 2009 at 4:25 pm | Reply
  94. Shane

    Is there any other reason your opinion should matter other than you sing and dance? My 10 year old sister can do that.

    December 7, 2009 at 4:32 pm | Reply
  95. Brenda Portillo

    **SHAKIRA**

    Im 27, married, 2 babies and I have developed a close friendship with you through your music for years.

    ***As a friend, tell me please what would you say to our youth about the importance of having values and faith in God?

    Shakira se fuerte y bondadosa

    December 7, 2009 at 4:45 pm | Reply
  96. John

    From what influences do you draw, to so wonderfully combine both Latin American and Middle Eastern cultures?

    December 7, 2009 at 5:57 pm | Reply
  97. cabocue

    Does she say everything for money?

    December 7, 2009 at 6:04 pm | Reply
  98. Gbakinro Opeyemi

    How do you handle your celebrity status in your home back in Colombia

    December 7, 2009 at 6:20 pm | Reply
  99. khando

    Shakira-I have read about your giving back to the unfortunate before and you are taken it to the great level Good Job, I hope you don't forget the poor Children in Tibet, young girls from remote villages and towns in Tibet are being sold into prostitution in China. Since no media is allowed in Tibet, its very hard to get the story out of Tibet. There are thousands poor children in Tibet, who have no access to education especially in Central Tibet. As Tibet is under Chinese Occupation there so much hard ship for the world to reach to poor children, due to political red tape.

    December 7, 2009 at 6:39 pm | Reply
  100. Kathrine

    Is your musical carrer anything like what you expected? Good, bad? If not, what's different?

    December 7, 2009 at 6:53 pm | Reply
  101. joanna monette

    i adore you.....

    please try to visit philippines too....we'd love to see you here performing....

    P.S. underneath your clothes is my favorite.

    December 7, 2009 at 7:32 pm | Reply
  102. Dooshima Jang

    How do you reconcile the sultry,blatantly sensual persona with the subdued almost shy person you seem to be when you are offstage;and how much does this paradox impact your music and your humanitarian work?

    December 7, 2009 at 7:43 pm | Reply
  103. mohamed hashi

    Shakira, you are really the sister to bring the issues of hope, to the unprivileged or to those who are hopeless. That is what Jesus did to the his people, give them hope to survive . Keep on the spirit sister.

    Mohamed hashi ( Canada)

    December 8, 2009 at 5:44 am | Reply
  104. Moses Teah

    Shakira , I loved your answers to a question posed by a journalist on how you decide to stop the adoption of children from becoming child soldiers the Colombia rebels. . You said the only weapon is “Education” Education brings stability, freedom, self -confidence, dignity, and decreases poverty and on.
    The purpose of my email to explains the similarity between the children of Colombia and children of Liberia, my birth country. The children of Liberia, from ages 5 – 15 became child soldier during the Liberian brutal civil war which lasted more than 10 years Today child soldiers other children whose parents died in the war, are now struggling for survival without education as a result many of them turned to criminal activities, roaming the villages towns and urban areas committing all kinds of atrocities. They do not have the means to seek for an education.

    Based on this ugly situation, I decided to build an elementary and a Junior high school on a large plot of Land I bought recently, through our organization, the National Association for civil advancement. . I really want your organization, the Connect Shakira to assist with funds for the construct ion of the school for the children of Liberia who are in the same condition like the children of Colombia. The Junior high school will be named, The Shakira Elementary and Junior High School to continue your dream of turning children from the idea of child soldier through education.

    I am using this forum because I do not know how to contact you directly. Please feel free to contact me at 317-702-8065. My e-mail is mnteah@iupui.edu.
    Thanks

    December 8, 2009 at 7:37 am | Reply
  105. Duncan Akhobe

    Shakira me as kenyan I love listening to your music and have bought some of your albums.AS a kenyan what plan do you have for Kenyan need children who are languishing in povert? Would love if you could extend you donation to this parties.

    December 8, 2009 at 9:54 am | Reply
  106. etireri odiri

    shakira, u wnt to try my hips but opps, cnt move them like u did. great voice and courage.job well done, well done gel.

    December 10, 2009 at 8:57 am | Reply
  107. Chukwuma o

    Shakira ar u engaged? Or stil singl

    December 25, 2009 at 8:22 am | Reply
  108. Chaku

    Shakira, firstly congratulations on your successful career. Who or what is your biggest inspiration for your music?

    December 28, 2009 at 11:38 am | Reply
  109. Newcourt, E.

    Shakira, when u grow old and are about to die, what would u say (given the chance) u would want to be remembered by?

    December 28, 2009 at 9:54 pm | Reply
  110. Gaston FronmChile

    Dear Shakira:
    You are a huge dancer and singer at a time. Your habilities come out from your soul. Keep on doing what you know to do. You do not need to take advantage of body overexposure to be famous. Those things are for marketeable girls.That is not your case. Please continue to be a suggestive girl only as lovely as ever.

    December 29, 2009 at 7:01 pm | Reply
  111. Maria

    Would you build businesses (like for example farming in Colombia), with the purpose to provide a job placement rather then just give money to the charities?

    January 4, 2010 at 1:15 pm | Reply
  112. Ann Marie LeGendre-Smith

    At what age you started dancing? and were you self taugh? we love you here in Trinidad & Tobago.

    January 7, 2010 at 1:27 pm | Reply
  113. Ann Marie LeGendre-Smith

    At what age you started dancing? and were you self taught? we love you here in Trinidad & Tobago.

    January 7, 2010 at 1:31 pm | Reply
  114. Rosanna Zwick

    Shakira is pretty

    August 16, 2010 at 12:18 pm | Reply

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