Large Shakira statue unveiled in Barranquilla, her birthplace



In Barranquilla, the Colombian singer Shakira‘s hometown, a bronze statue of her has been revealed.

The 6.5-meter (21.3-foot) bronze sculpture depicts her swiveling her hips in a dancing move that was prominently featured in her well-known Hips Don’t Lie video.

On her Instagram page, the artist posted pictures of her parents with the statue.


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According to statistics the firm revealed, Shakira was one of the names that people looked for the most on Google.

Shakira made headlines this year a few times before the new monument was unveiled. Most notably, she smashed Latin American YouTube records with a song she published about her ex-partner, former football player Gerard Piqué.

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And once again when she paid a €7.5 million (£6.5 million) fine to resolve a tax fraud lawsuit that was launched against her in Spain.

Barranquilla’s mayor and Shakira’s parents, William Mebarak and Nidia Ripoll, were present at the statue’s unveiling on Tuesday.


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The artist is praised for having “hips that do not lie, a unique talent, a voice that moves masses” on a plaque located at the base of the monument.

It also alludes to her charitable endeavors via the “Pies descalzos” foundation, which she founded and which supports early childhood development. The word “bare feet” is Spanish for “bare feet.”

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Shakira expressed her gratitude to Yino Márquez, the sculptor, and his pupils for showcasing their “enormous artistic talent” in making the bronze.

The singer had a great year in 2023, winning three Latin Grammy awards, one of which he shared with fellow Colombian musician Karol G.