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Before dancing the "Waka Waka" wherever and whenever, before meeting partner Gerard Pique and becoming a mom/style icon, Shakira performed in her grade-school talent show just like the rest of us! As an 11-year-old in 1988, she performed a mini-concert for her school talent show — and thanks to modern technology, it's memorialized on YouTube for all eternity.
She sang a Timbiriche song made famous by Thalía's 1987 telenovela, as well as tunes by Marisela and Fairuz, a Lebanese singer. (Fun fact: Shakira's mom is Colombian and her dad is of Lebanese descent, so she grew up straddling both cultures.)
About nine minutes in, you'll get a glimpse of the future Shakira we all know and love, hip-shaking and all.
Shakira wrote her first song at 8, began learning to play guitar at 11, and by 1990 at age 13, she had moved from Barranquilla (also home to Sofía Vergara) to Bogotá to pursue a modeling career. However, the modeling thing just wasn't meant to be because she signed her first record deal with Sony and released her debut album "Magia" in 1991. Her second album, "Peligro," came in 1993, and by 1994, she was starring in Colombian telenovela "El Oasis." She continued recording music and left the telenovela in 1997 to focus on her music career with legendary manager and music producer Emilio Estefan — with help from Gloria Estefan, too.
She became an overnight sensation in the English-speaking world after the release of her single "Whenever, Wherever" in 2001 from her English-language album "Laundry Service."
Since then, Shakira's been a judge on "The Voice," teamed up with "Angry Birds" creators to launch her own app game ("Love Rocks"), and most recently has lent her voice to "Gazelle" in the forthcoming Disney animated feature film "Zootopia" (for which she also recorded new song "Try Everything"). She's also advocated for early childhood education at the United Nations, launched an educational toy line with Fisher-Price that benefits her charity, Fundación Pies Descalzos (Barefoot Foundation), and more. Shakira announced in 2015 that she would be launching a new app for early childhood educators as well. Is there anything this mom doesn't do?!
Shakira launched the Fundación Pies Descalzos (Barefoot Foundation) in 1997, and has since gone on to become a well-known philanthropist and advocate for children's rights. She has previously teamed up with the World Food Programme to fight world hunger and is currently a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. Her latest accolade? She's been appointed to the UN's Sustainable Development Goals task force, alongside Lionel Messi, Queen Mathilde of Belgium, Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden and other global leaders. She's come a long way since her talent show days!